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Anita Jaisinghani

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Real Estate Realities Vs. El Tiempo 1308 Cantina

    When other parts of the country have suffered economic downturns in recent years, Houston's economy has fortunately remained stable. One ironic and sad side effect of that durability is the climbing real estate prices. There are more profitable things that landowners can do than lease restaurants. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Chuck's Eat the Street Comes to Houston in July--Here's a Preview of the Food-Filled Episode

    "Houston has a lot of people and a lot of money," Chuck Hughes says. "Fortunately or unfortunately, you need people and money for restaurants. Houston has everything going for it." This was a surprise to Hughes when he visited Houston at the end of May to tape his Cooking Channel show, Chuck's Eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    A Gandhian Meal at Indika in Honor of the Menil's Upcoming Gandhi Exhibit

    In October, The Menil will be opening an exhibit called "Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence," and it will be the first ever exploration of Gandhi's principle of satyagraha (nonviolence) in the visual arts. To celebrate, local chef and owner of Pondicheri and Indika, Anita Jai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014

    Roost Bistro Debuts New Dishes

    It may be the best yet.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Openings & Closings: It's The Year of The Bakery

    Hubbell & Hudson Market's official last day is Wednesday, March 12, but according to CultureMap's Eric Sandler, from the looks of the market it could close much sooner. Whether it is on or before March 12, Hubbell & Hudson Market is closing. The Kitchen and Bistro are not going anywhere, though. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Top 5 Saffron Dishes To Try in Houston

    Saffron, whose scarlet threads infuse a dish with a unique salty-sweet fragrance (as well as a warm tangerine hue) can be an elusive spice. Its costliness and pungent strength prevents chefs from using it willy-nilly, which makes its occasional appearances even more exciting and enticing. Saffron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Summer Means Okra, Grilling and A Toast to the Royal Baby

    Gastronaut: It's all about the big O at Pondicheri this time of year...Okra, that is. Chef and owner Anita Jaisinghani has created a "Summer Okra Menu" that is available Sunday through Wednesday as long as the okra lasts. The okra specials are written on a blackboard so they can be changed often. Ho ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    Uncommonly Keen

    The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's been a while since we tackled neighborhood lists on Eating Our Words, yet posts such as "Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights" continue to be perennial favorites with our readers each month. The last time we compiled a Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose list was well over two years ago, at which time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 16, Yogi Thali at Pondicheri

    This year leading up to our annual Best of HoustonĀ® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Hot Spots for Cool Treats: Where To Get Great Gelato, Ice Cream and Snowcones in Houston

    I spent the morning over at KHOU's studios this past Tuesday discussing ice cream and other cool treats with Debra Duncan on Great Day Houston (all pandering aside, a really great crew of people to work with and always a very fun time) and special guests Matt Marcus and Ryan Soroka from the Eatsie B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Anita Jaisinghani, Eloise Adams and Erin Smith

    Two weeks ago, we started talking to chefs about where they eat during their time off. You can read what they said here and here. Today, we continue our Where the Chefs Eat series with a female perspective when we chat with Anita Jaisinghani, Eloise Adams, and Erin Smith. Anita Jaisinghani Jame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Houston Racks Up Six Semi-Finalist Nods for 2012 James Beard Awards

    Photo by FabioManabu Horiuchi, one of this year's semi-finalists.​We're moving up in the culinary world, Houston. Last year, five semi-finalists from Houston were in the running for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. This year, we're up to six. And what a six they are. Mirroring our own ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2012

    The Hits of 2011

    Our favorite new Houston restaurants.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Meatless Mondays Make for Mad Guests at Pondicheri

    Houston restaurants such as Backstreet Cafe have long offered Meatless Mondays, popular with vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike who enjoy eating meat-free meals that emphasize fresh, seasonal produce. More than 30 percent of Indians, meanwhile, identify as vegetarian. There is a national system ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2011

    The challenge in choosing 10 of the best restaurants to open in Houston each year is a daunting one: Many of the restaurants I think are "the best" have little to nothing to do with each other, making for a list that falls all over the map when it comes to price, cuisine and location. Then again, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    The Key to the Kitchen: Coppa's Female Executive Chef, Brandi Key, Is No Novelty Act

    November 3 was National Men Make Dinner Day, one of an increasingly nonsensical line of national holidays that are being trotted out in larger numbers every year. This particular holiday was especially perplexing to those in the food industry, where men make dinner every night. A man probably will m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Karbach Brewing's Grand Opening Brings a Big Crowd

    Karbach's banana-flavored wheat beer is already a hit.​At last night's grand opening for Karbach Brewing, Rich Arnold walked over to me with a glass of Karbach's Weisse Versa wheat in hand. "Have you ever had a beer that tastes so much like..." "Banana!" we both finished at the same time. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kiran Verma of Kiran's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenKiran Verma in front of her restaurant.​In part one of our Chef Chat with chef/owner Kiran Verma of Kiran's, we discussed how she came to create Houston's first restaurant combining fine dining and Indian cuisine. Today, we talk about sourcing ingredients, making baby f ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 2, 2011

    Serious Chaat

    Anita Jaisinghani's Pondicheri is this year's best new restaurant.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    5 Food Trends to Watch For in Houston

    F*** yeah, gourmet donuts.​Eater ran a list yesterday of 10 food trends that are -- at least in New York City -- officially dead. Among them included the obvious (the gastropub), the non-events (pie as the new cupcakes, which still hasn't happened) and the debatable (I'm pretty sure Houstonian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Pondicheri: The Best New Restaurant of the Year

    Photos by Troy FieldsPapdi chaat with house-made lentil dumplings.​Now, I realize that it's only just now June, just today. And that declaring something the best new restaurant of 2011 this early in the year is a risky proposition. But that's how much Pondicheri, the new restaurant from Anita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Top 5: Indian Restaurants

    Dawn W. SimmonsMogul.​After naming a Southern Indian eatery as my top vegetarian-friendly restaurant pick, I started to think about what makes an Indian restaurant good. I'm a huge fan of bread, so fresh, golden bubbly naan is always important, as are creamy paneer, high-quality meats, perfec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    First Look at Pondicheri

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttKachumber salad and saag paneer-stuffed samosas.​"Oh, good. There are other brown people here," my friend remarked with a laugh as we walked up to Pondicheri's front door one recent evening. "That's always a good sign." Indeed, one of the things that first struck m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about her first visit to Pondicheri, the new West Ave restaurant from Anita Jaisinghani, leading to an interesting conversation in the comments about Gulf Coast-Indian fusion, local ingredients and pricing. Wrote Doc Ricky: Just mulling it over: shouldn't the u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​News that a new tapas bar is opening in Midtown led to the brief discussion on Twitter this week about pronunciation issues concerning holiday islands in the Mediterranean, and Houstonians' propensity to open restaurants named after them. Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas, that new tapas resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Anita Jaisinghani of Indika

    Chocolate bread pudding.​Anita Jaisinghani of Indika (516 Westheimer) was kind enough to sit down with Eating Our Words for a nice chat and fantastic tasting at her beautiful boutique eatery. At the end of our conversation, we asked about the desserts, remembering the amazing chocolate croiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Anita Jaisinghani of Indika

    Snapper Indika.​Eating Our Words recently had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the most innovative chefs in the city, Anita Jaisinghani. She gave us the back story on Houston hotspot Indika (516 Westheimer) and opened up about her life outside of work. Eating Our Words: Let's start of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's a little bit insane to try and narrow down all of the food options in the Montrose area to a "top 10." This list, as with all others, is personal and also imperfect. Such an exercise will surely lead to impassioned protests of "How could you be so stupid as to have missed _____?" and insults of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #40 Indian Borsch at Indika

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top 11 Houston Restaurant Openings of the Decade

    Since I started my job as restaurant critic of the Houston Press in May of 2000, I've had a chance to observe the Houston restaurant scene for just about the entire decade. Our fine dining scene has evolved in the last ten years, and so have our ethnic cuisines. Houston became the birthplace of some ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 27, 2007

    All about Eve

    Our guide to the city's best New Year's parties

  • Culture

    December 20, 2007

    All about Eve

    Our guide to Houston's best New Year's parties

  • Dining

    October 12, 2006

    Montrose Vindaloo

    Is Indika the best Indian restaurant in the United States?

  • Dining

    December 8, 2005

    Suburban Import

    Kiran Verma's culinary chutzpah finds a home inside the Loop

  • Dining

    February 3, 2005

    Modern Masala

    Houston’s upscale Indian restaurants are going through some changes

  • Dining

    December 23, 2004

    Sunday Chaat

    North meets South on NASA Road 1

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Indian Restaurant

    Restaurant Indika

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