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Impressions of Indika in Houston

Stewart | Feb 15, 2004 05:30 PM

I've been wanting to try this place for some time now, but never got around to it. I am a big fan of Indian food, but generally like the solidly greasy standard staples. The few times I've tried "haute" Indian, I enjoyed it, but wasn't overwhelmed.

I had a very interesting lunch this week at Indika with my wife, TWO kids and inlaws. Although most of my time was spent taking care of the youngins, we did get to try some REALLY great "haute" (and, as to one dish, HOT, Indian food).

For appetizers we had saag paneer served on corn roti (kind of a thick corn tortilla thing), which was great. The roti was (deliberately) charred on the outside, giving it a grilled, homemade flavor. We also had a puffed rice salad with cilantro which was good, but nothing to write Ghandi about.

My main course was a chicken vindaloo which was VERY excellent and VERY hot (the menu warned of the spice heat). It was served with rice and sauteed cauliflower and peas. REALLY great. My wife and father in law both ordered the salmon tika masala. It was smooth and creamy, and the salmon was cooked very well. It was not drowning in cream sauce like the typical chicken tika masala you would normally see. My mother in law had tandori lamb which was INCREDIBLE!!! The flavor was not overpowering, and the lamb was cooked to PERFECTION!

I saw that they had tandori duck on the dinner menu, and plan to go back and try that next.

Anyone else eaten here yet? Your thoughts?

Stewart

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