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Best Indian Restaurant Houston 2007 - Indika

Indika

Indika

516 Westheimer Rd.

Houston, TX 77006

713-524-2170

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Readers' Choice: Shiva Indian Restaurant

Hidebound types sputter and fume, "That's not Indian food!" when confronted with Indika's innovative cooking. There's no chicken tikka masala here. But they do have foie gras with fig preserves and trout stuffed with nuts. If this isn't what you usually think of as Indian food, then it's time to broaden your horizons. Indika's owner, Indian-born Anita Jaisinghani, doesn't feel compelled to cater to American preconceptions. Formerly a pastry chef at Café Annie, Jaisinghani has come up with her own take on Indian cooking that is both elegant and unexpected. Eggplant stuffed with cashews, crabmeat samosas and venison kabobs are all on the menu. And if you're looking for something more unusual, try the goat brain masala — it's scrumptious! The Montrose location is brilliantly decorated with artwork and fabrics from the subcontinent. There's also some unusual cocktails including a litchi margarita and a guava mojito on the bar menu.

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sarah
sarah

I absolutely love this place. Its my new favorite restaurant. I want to hug the chef for trying something different and being innovative. The use of pomegranite seems to be a theme in many dishes and I think that added tangyness is wonderful. I have sampled the appetizors, main courses and desserts and she really nailed it with the blending flavors part down. Try the Rose Petal, Pistachio, and Raspberry Cake or the Dark Chocolate & Ginger Tart, Pomegranate Ice Cream -their delightful!

She even makes home made biscuits served complimentary with the check. How great is that? Im impressed with the modern-folk interior design, everchanging menu, attentive, polite, and knowledgable staff.

This restaurant is not meant for traditionalists ... for them I'd recommend the newest hotspot Khazzane with northern indian food (a different fare from the standard) whose decor was created by an interior designer from India and def a must see.

Shark_Jumper
Shark_Jumper

I loved Indika at it's old location, can't say I'm very impressed with it now. I've given it a couple of tries but won't be back. For my cheap Indian eats I love Madras Pavillion. If I feel the need for some meat with my Naan, I'll take Shiva in the village.

Leroy Osmon
Leroy Osmon

Just not very good. How I long for the days of Taj Mahal! That was a great place to eat Indian food.

Jansheera
Jansheera

I beg to differ with Mr. Grody. Indika's unusual and inventive flavor combinations are absolutely scrumptious. I loved Indika at its old location, and love it in its "new" digs on Westheimer. If you're looking for a delightful and unusual dining experience, then Indika is for you.

Mr. Grody
Mr. Grody

This is not the best Indian food in town. I went to Indika last October and told the waitress to tell the chef that this is the fist and last time that I will ever dine here. The food was gross. The flavor combinations didn't complement each other at all, it tasted more like a battle in your mouth than a love fest. What a waste of time and money. If this is on the best of 2007 list I question everything on the list.

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