We've tried a number of Indian restaurants in the metro Denver area (Bombay Clay Oven, Little India, India House, Namaste and Taste of India to name a few), but this is our favorite. We've never been there for dinner, b/c it's too hard to pass up the variety in the lunch buffet. I've looked at the dinner menu, though, and the prices are much more reasonable than dinner menus at other Indian restaurants. (For example, Bombay Clay Oven - dinner prices are a joke at $18-$24, but I think it's just b/c of it's location in Cherry Creek. Still, we were highly disappointed in the dinner at Bombay - we could've gone to Mel's, which is now closed, for the same price.) Even at lunch, Jewel of India's bread is made-to-order (with lots of butter!), not placed on the buffet line like most places. Jewel of India is our favorite, b/c the flavoring and spicing is the best we've had. Also, the variety of offerings at lunch are better than any other Indian lunch buffet we've visited. Most places have the same things (pakora, daal, Saag Paneer, tandoori, tica masaala, the cauliflower/potato dish with curry, rice pudding, mango pudding), but Jewel offers things we never see elsewhere (i.e. eggplant tandoori, shrimp vindaloo, ground lamb with peas & spices, mutab paneer, which is like saag but just with peas instead of spinach). We just don't need to go anywhere else, and luckily, it's close to our house. Sure, the service isn't that great at lunch, but what does one expect at a buffet? It's not like they have to do much. The only bothersome thing is that before the highly favorable review in Westword, the lunch buffet price was $8; nothing in service, quality or variety changed, but immediately after the review in Westword came out, the price went up to $9. We were annoyed at the obvious greed at first, but not enough to not go back. We were just there today!
Pros: Lunch buffet value for quality of food
Cons: For some, its location in Westminster