Top Indian Food In Houston

January 15, 2014 7:00 AM

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Houston’s restaurant scene has much more to offer than barbecue, hamburgers and American food. There is a thriving group of Indian restaurants that serve both traditional Indian foods and those with a bit of a twist. If you are craving curry, pining for paneer or want to nosh on naan, check out some of the best places around town to do so.
Kiran’s
4100 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 960-8472
www.kiranshouston.com

Kiran’s is the place to go if you are craving Indian food in an upscale dining atmosphere. With abundant parking available, a rarity in the Galleria area, and top-notch service from everyone on staff from the valets to the servers, you will feel pampered when you visit. The prices are a little higher than other Indian restaurants, but the dishes provide you with ample servings and a wide variety of meat-based and vegetarian options. When you visit, try some of the signature dishes like venison chops with local vegetables or opt for the tasting menu to get several courses to sample the widest range of foods from this fusion Indian restaurant that combines the best of local foods with Indian cuisine.

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India’s Restaurant
5704 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 266-0131
www.indiasrestauranthouston.com

India’s Restaurant is the best option if you want to try Indian food but don’t know what you might like. You can try them all at the daily lunch buffet that has 19 items on it for you to choose from. You can also opt to order from the menu if you prefer a standard entree, but please note that when ordering from the menu, rice and breads are not included with the entrees. If you go, try some of the chef’s recommendations like the fish dish patra ni matchi, the chicken dinner achari tikka or the paneer khurchan for a vegetarian option.

Indika
516 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-2170
www.indikausa.com

Indika is another upscale Indian restaurant that uses local ingredients in all of its progressive Indian dishes. What sets this restaurant apart from others is its ability to cater to its patrons. On Wednesday nights, the restaurant does not have a menu, offering instead your choice of a five- or seven-course tasting menu with your option to have a standard, vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free meal. On Sundays, you can indulge in a brunch menu with three or four courses. There is also a yoga studio upstairs for those who want a complete mind and body experience. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for dinner any day and on weekends. Be sure to try the saffron pistachio ice cream for dessert when you go for a simple treat that is anything but ordinary.

Bombay Brasserie
2414 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 355-2000
www.thebombaybrasserie.com

The Bombay Brasserie is a local restaurant with two locations, both of which are equally good to visit. Think delivery means having to pick from Chinese or pizza? Think again. If you live near Bombay Brasserie, you can get any of its amazing curries or other Indian dishes delivered to your door for free. This restaurant also has a buffet when you cannot decide whether you want daal makhni, which are black lentils, saag paneer, which is cheese in creamed spinach, or lamb tenderloins in a flavorful yogurt marinade. The rice pudding and mango ice cream desserts are also must-try dishes for when you go.

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Biryani Pot
6509 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 278-8085
www.biryanipotusa.com

Biryani Pot bills itself as an “authentic Hyderabadi food house,” but there is so much more to this Indian restaurant. You can find foods from the whole of India, and most of the dishes are not dumbed down for American palates. Everything that is supposed to be spicy is pleasantly eye-watering spicy. While many Indian restaurants around town have lamb dishes, this is one of the few that offers goat dishes, including goat vindaloo and goat curry. There are also seafood, chicken and vegetarian options on the menu. The restaurant closes from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to prepare for dinner, and both lunch and dinner frequently see large crowds, so plan your trip accordingly.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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