The Himalayan mountain range is home to some of the world’s tallest peaks, but travelers to the region know it holds something even more impressive than mighty Mount Everest. That would be the local cuisine, which is made possible by a confluence of Indian, Pakistani, and Nepalese traditions. Fortunately, Houstonians need not travel halfway around the world to sample regional dishes such lamb masala, goat biryani, and boneless chicken curry. At Himalaya, chef Kaiser Lashkari draws on family traditions to craft generous portions of dishes such as his Hanifia–style Hunter beef, which is best described as India’s answer to pastrami. As a bonus, the restaurant’s BYOB policy means guests can bring along a bottle of beer to enjoy or a canteen of melted Himalayan snow to suck a little extra nutrition out of.
Two menus—one cataloging sit-down restaurant fare and the other incorporating café-style Indian eats and drinks—unite in Bismillah Restaurant's brightly lit dining room and run the gamut of light to heavy recipes from the subcontinent. Mango-infused shakes and creamy malts from the café slake thirsty throats, and hearty curries derived from eggplants and lentils simmer about meats and veggies. Halal cooking principles and organic ingredients ensure that many dishes meet the strict standards of vegans and kosher. Waist-high green plants outline the eatery’s main dining area, where track lighting under a tiered ceiling sends photons hurling helpfully at wall art. The restaurant strives to maintain a convivial atmosphere that can host an experience appropriate for the entire family to share together, unlike going to a nightclub or taking the SATs.
The icy blue walls that surround patrons at Shri Balaji Bhavan may soothe the mind, but they stand in sharp contrast to the vegetarian restaurant's fiery South Indian fare. Dosas, chaats, madras thali, and puri feature a mix of fresh ingredients and bold spices that enliven palates and heat taste buds with every bite. The authentic seasonings and steaming dishes have certainly impressed Voice Places, who awarded Shri Balaji Bhavan "Best Indian Restaurant" in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
MasalaWok® is a Casual Asian and Indian Diner featuring best of Asian and Indian dishes. Asian menu features a blend of typical Asian and Indian inspired Chinese dishes. Indian menu features traditional curries prepared with fresh herbs and seasonings, and meats cooked in tandoor oven.
Though he hails from West India, Chef Emeliano Rebello showcases dishes that simmer in kitchens across his native country. He roasts chicken in a tandoor clay oven and marinates seafood in piquant curries. He also plates classic vegetarian dishes such as baigan bharta, a thick eggplant stew, which dining companions can soak up with nine varieties of fresh-baked flatbreads. And although requesting an entree that matches your birth weight is not recommended, Chef Rebello is happy to customize dishes to suit each diner’s preferences and spiciness thresholds.
Mobi Siddiqui and Asim Malik have imported both the classic and contemporary tastes of India and Pakistan and infused them into Moghul's Restaurant & Lounge’s menu of tandoori and charcoal-grilled specialties. In the fragrant kitchen, chicken is prepared more than a dozen different ways, as the chefs pair it with flavors of pickle sauce, ginger, black-pepper sauce, and spicy curry. Chunks of boneless lamb marinated in various spices crown plates, and the leg of lamb–a Moghul’s delicacy–can be shared among a group of friends or used to gain an edge in a three-legged race. Basmati rice soaks up the spiced onion and tomato juices in biryani dishes, and meat-free fare arrives in the form of fried vegetable balls, lentils, and the spinach, cottage cheese, and traditional spices of classic palak paneer.