At the Peak

It might seem strange to find one of the best crèmes brûlées in the city at Himalaya Restaurant (6652 Southwest Fwy., 713-532-2837), which serves Pakistani cuisine. It's not easy to find, either, since it's listed on the menu as Almond Custard ($4.69). The small, perfect dessert is bright-yellow in the center, with deep-brown caramelized sugar and crushed almond pieces on the top and bottom. The consistency is quite firm, just as it should be; this isn't the limp, quivering kind that you so often find. And the taste? Heavenly, as the burnt sugar adds a distinct sweetness and a slight bitterness to the rich egg flavor.


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