Nirvana Indian Restaurant

Brit expats looking for a "phal" need search no farther than Nirvana

I spooned a big pile of rice in the middle of my second plate and topped it with small portions of steam-table specialties. The creamy bhuna chicken, seasoned with a mild masala and a faint touch of tomato sauce, was a comfort-food experience that reminded me of chicken à la king. The buttery saag paneer was standard-issue. The yellow lentils seemed a little undercooked. The chickpeas were bland. I skipped the chicken tikka masala.

I went back a third time to try the lamb and goat curry one of my tablemates was raving about. The curry sauce was spectacular, but the "meat" was mostly an assortment of tiny rib bones. In order to eat it, you had to pick up a section of ribs and gnaw the little bits of meat between each of the bones. It was tasty but way more trouble than it was worth.

Chicken "phal" was invented to appeal to British daredevils — the lads.
Troy Fields
Chicken "phal" was invented to appeal to British daredevils — the lads.

Location Info


Nirvana Indian Restaurant

14545 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Memorial


Lunch buffet hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner buffet hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays. Dinner hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Chicken "phal": $17

Prawns jalfrezi: $17

Keema naan: $5

Lunch buffet: $12

Monday dinner buffet: $16

14543 Memorial Drive, 281-496-3232.

Things haven't been the same out on Memorial since Indika moved to Montrose. Nirvana suffers by comparison, but then again, so do most of the Indian restaurants in the country. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nirvana for some favorite fusion dishes like chicken phal. Just don't expect authentic Brit-Indi food.

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