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Yatra Brasserie

A chic new Indian restaurant on Main Street serves Desi-Tex tacos for lunch

Elton wondered if he could get some dhansak. The owner apologized that it wasn't possible. Dhansak, a spice-studded pumpkin-and-lentil stew, is the traditional Sunday dish in the Bombay Parsi community, and it requires a full day of cooking time. The pumpkin and spices are slow-roasted in the oven before the stew is assembled.

“Call me a day in advance, and we will make dhansak for you,” the owner promised.

Everyone at the table agreed that the “Goan Shrimp Curry” was the standout of the evening. A specialty of Goa, this curry is made with coconut milk and seasoned with mustard seed. But it was the huge, succulent Gulf shrimp that really made the dish shine. “I don't usually like coconut milk curries, but I love this one,” Elton proclaimed.

The tasty "Chicken Kadai" burrito tastes like a chicken tikka masala taco.
Troy Fields
The tasty "Chicken Kadai" burrito tastes like a chicken tikka masala taco.

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Yatra Brasserie

706 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002-3201

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

Details

Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Dinner hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Chicken curry burrito: $9

Black lentils: $9

Rogan josh: $14

Goan shrimp curry: $17

Royal Feast for two: $48

706 Main, 713-224-6700.

I also couldn't resist another order of the anise seed-scented lamb rogan josh, the fantastic black lentil stew and the curried artichoke hearts. We washed the richly spiced fare down with frosty Kingfisher Indian beers and talked about the Indian food in London and the “lad's night out” tradition of eating a late night-plate of Indian food after the pubs close.

We had such a pleasant evening, we decided to keep it going. After dinner, we went into a nearby bar and had another round.

Yatra means journey or pilgrimage in Hindi, and brasserie means brewery in French. So does Yatra Brasserie translate to “pub crawl?” I am not sure. But I guess it would be appropriate, given the restaurant's location on this bar-studded strip of Main Street — and because the owners are building a bar and lounge in the adjoining storefront.

While the restaurant may be best known for its Indian-burrito lunch specials, I think Yatra Brasserie is also poised to become Houston's premier outpost of the British ale-and-Indian food tradition — only with colder beer.

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