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[HOU] Gourmet India report


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[HOU] Gourmet India report

bishopsbitter | Aug 17, 2008 12:47 PM

Way out on Westheimer this place I spotted several times doing good business. Stopped in today for their $12.99 Sunday Brunch buffet.

I have to say I was very impressed. Non-timid food (at last!). The buffet was not of the nature where everything seems genetically linked with its buffet-mate (in a not-so-good "Deliverance" kind of way) but each dish shone with its own contribution. I really enjoyed this.

Also they had appetizers on the left such that you could do it in at least two traditional courses rather than "pile-it-on-your-plate-lest-an-asteroid-strike-the-planet" Las Vegas Cousin Eddie approach.

Vegetable Pakora and chicken pakora were good, especially the former. What I so often miss in Indian food is just a subtle hint in the flovor. Here the chick-pea flour was well up there and a delicate herb (curry leaf maybe?). Chicken pakora was a little more generic but could be nicely stepped up with the onions and sliced hot peppers (likely too hot for the timid, which I liked) and the coriander chutney.

Papads were there but a little limp. The mystery of why USA papads are roasted vs. deep-fried (as in the UK, and I suspect also, often, in India) remains a mystery.

A second visit and I had a lovely color contrast with goat curry (ruby), chicken tikka (pink) masala, dal (dark yellow), and hotplate vegetables (misc.) and more of that onion and hot green pepper slices.

Bread was brought to your table - "fresh bread" - by waiter.

A cold Kingfisher and you are good to go.

While this looks rather like any other Indian buffet I assure the food must be cooked daily and with some significant thought and talent in the back. The goat was especially good with good meat and sauce textures. But overall it was the "brightness" of the flavors that told you you were in good hands. Don't find it often.

You almost hit Hwy 6 running west on Westheimer before you find it but hey that's good for me as I live out that way. Just wish this place was a good bit closer as it's definitely worth returning to.

Enthusiastic recommendation based on this first visit. Good service also.


Gourmet India
281 – 493 - 5435
13155 Westheimer Road @ Synott
Houston TX, 77077

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