We've crowed over chef-owner Kaiser Lashkari's chicken curry. We've praised his dense, sweet take on flan. His housemade pastrami, in both fried and cold-sliced form, was one of our favorite dishes of 2015. This year, however, he blew everyone away with his Pakistani take on fried chicken, which includes brining the chicken ahead of time with ginger and garam masala. It's Lashkari's continual culinary exploration that keeps Himalaya on top — not just as a Pakistani restaurant but as one of Houston's best restaurants, period.