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Indika

Photograph by Debora Smail

Since this shrine to Indian cuisine was purchased from original owner Anita Jaisinghani in 2017, much remains the same (except for the abrupt introduction of jazz music, slightly wilted flowers, and a higher valet parking fee). The menu retains its focus on both modern and traditional fare, including plenty of vegetarian choices. If you like heat, start with the saffron saag paneer (spinach, mustard greens, and melted cheese) and the petite chicken dumplings in red-chile sauce—both aggressively spiced. Generous entrées proved solid: jumbo Goan shrimp curry came with a kiss of coconut milk and a jumble of haricots verts, while grilled cashew-crusted lamb chops arrived resting in a creamy ginger-cashew sauce with butter potatoes. Bonus points for the mountain of warm, buttery naan delivered with your meal and gratis cardamom cookies for dessert. Indika draws a diverse crowd for date night and Sunday brunch on the pleasant patio.

 

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★

Address: 516 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77006

Hours: D Tue-Sun.

Phone: 713-524-2170

Website: indikausa.com

Last updated: March 25, 2019