Spice9 might be considered an outlier in the great constellation of Indian restaurants across central Ohio.

Based in the restaurant-rich area near Polaris Fashion Place in northern Columbus, Spice9 has augmented its dishes to make them more suitable to the largest swath of customers, said Mahesh Tanneru, who owns the venue with Avinash Narsaraopally, Ram Kasarla and Jagan Abeddi.

Ram Kasarla (left) and Avinash Narsaraopally are two of the four owners of Spice9 restaurant at 8631 Sancus Blvd. in northern Columbus, near Polaris Fashion Place.

That means fewer chili peppers and more of the spices that enliven the food without adding too much heat.

“The way we do it is in between,” Tanneru said.

Because India is such a large country, it offers a wide spectrum of food, he said. Many local Indian restaurants simply adjust the temperature for a Western audience, but there is little variation in the flavor, he said.