Houston >Food & Dining > Indika
516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.744680 -95.387863
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Sat. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sun. 11am - 3pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
Like Indian Food? Here's the Place – The corn and mint chaat, a favorite. The lamb chops perfect. The signature warm and crumbly cookies, gratis. The food has never failed us. The prices are outta sight lately. $19 for two baby lamb chops at lunch? Thus the less than stellar rating.
overrated – i heard really good things about this place, so i decide to go with a few girlfriends. the hostess was really unhelpful. since i didn't have a reservation, we would have to eat at the bar. to top it off, half the restaurant was EMPTY the whole time we were there, and on a saturday night. i couldn't believe how pretentious it was. seriously, how important do you think you are to refuse people when you're half-empty?
when we finally got our food, it came out really salty. i don't get the "fusion" part... it tasted authentically indian. maybe even overcompensating. when i ordered my $7 dessert, i received an eyeball-sized scoop of ice cream and a weird-tasting tart. seriously???
service was mediocre. our waiter came sparingly, smiling, but unattentive. and their bathroom smelled like a mix of sewage and incense.
for the price you pay, the food/service/ambiance is NOT worth it. save your money!!
We do occasionally run into scheduling situations which gives the impression of not seating guests while the Tables are empty. To honor commitments for later time reservations (e.g. 8:30 pm), we may not seat at that Table from 7:30 pm onwards. And, if many Tables are booked for 8:00 and 8:30, we run the risk of making early Walk-Ins feel uninvited or confirmed customers getting upset for their Table not being ready. We believe, that the correct business decision is to err on the side of having Tables empty and honor our existing reservations.
We regret the plumbing problem, which was difficult to identify due to its random nature and we did place a note on the Ladies Washroom door to inform our customers. With the help of professional Master Plumbers, it was corrected expediently.
Don't go to Indika. For the price you pay, they're service is horrible!!!!!!!! – This place doesn't even deserve a star. I'm all about service, especially if I'm going to be paying money for it. First of all, we tried to make reservations, but the number they listed kept going to someone's personal cell phone. My friends and I also attempted making reservations via email, however no one got back to us. That said, we went to Indika and then was told that all the tables were booked, that we should have made a reservation, and that we could eat at the bar if we wanted to. It was my birthday, so there was no way my girlfriends and I were going to eat dinner at the bar. The hostess was anything but helpful. There was a gentleman standing next to her who did mention that they had a "public" table available that we could sit at, but that anyone else who came after who needed a table might be sitting there with us. Fine. The food was too salty for my taste and there was nothing special about it. Our waiter was helpful but not friendly or willing to please the customer. Anyhow, I will never go back to Indika ever again, especially if that's how they're going to treat their customers.
can't decide whether the food or service was worse – I'm not going back to Indika. I've been a few times, and I think it is possible to have a great meal there. But they have very serious problems with execution. It seems that every time I go, a dish that is supposed to be hot comes out room temp. The most recent time this happened, they heated it up to the point of burning it. When we pointed this out, they just said "oh" and walked away. About 15 minutes later, they offered to recook it, but the dish was almost finished. I declined but was pleased that they were making an effort. I accepted their offer for a free dessert. I was looking forward to ordering a particular dessert and having a coffee when they brought out a scoop of ice cream and asked if we wanted to buy anything else. I thought this was very shabby. At their price point, I expect much better execution and service.
I'd love to know who really writes the great revues of Indika on the Net. – OK, I'm serious about food. I eat just about anything short of raw brains. I'm open minded and ready to put quality food into my mouth. I've found taco stands in Houston to rival five star restaurants (rare, but I found one at I 10 and Durham.) I was excited when I read about Indika. So when I opened the big wooden doors and a slight waft of sewer gas entered my nostrils, I continued on in. I should not have. But I did, and this morning my bowels are regretting this decision.
To make a long story short (and I do mean LONG, as the service was exceptionally slow, even though only a handful of people were eating), I assumed fusion cooking put together various flavors for the palate to sample. I did not assume it meant the food would be so spicy hot that nothing could be analyzed by the tongue except HEAT. Yes, the shrimp looked like shrimp (it had a tail), but tasting would not give a hint one way or the other. It was just HOT. I like spicy food, but I expect a complex intermingling of flavors in a sophisticated mileaux. If I had wanted nothing but heat, I could go to the local ice house and douse a bottle of tabasco on their offerings and have saved a hundred dollars.
Needless to say, I would never go back. But I still wonder, just who is writing these glowing revues of Indika here on the Net? Are they people who work for the restaurant? Or are they just people with burned out taste buds who need fire on their tongue to get any response at all to their brains?
Highly recommended for food; average ambience – We went for Sunday brunch. Thought service and ambience average but food was unusual (not like any other Indian food any of us ever had) and very good. We plan to go back and try more of the menu.
best fusion indian food i have ever had!! – i have been coming here before it was at the current location (used to be on memorial). anita, the woman who owns it, is the salt of the earth and an amazing cook and woman. the staff is like family to me and we are always treated like royalty. if you are going ask for rusty or gytho for your servers if possible if your going to make reservations. the drink are amazing and the polar opposite of generic. i have tried almost every one and they are all mind blowing! the ambiance is amazing just like the food. i simply can not recommend this place enough!
The taste of the food was not worth the cost or the upset stomach it caused us both – Both my mom and I enjoy Indian and all types of fusion. We DID NOT enjoy Indika.
We were excited to try the place after my mom read about it in some magazine. It was not crowded at all on a weekday night, and we did not need the reservations we had made (although I don't know about weekends). The decor is lovely and inviting and the atmosphere was very nice and quiet on a Thursday night. If I remember correctly, the valet was complimentary.
The service was not especially great, but it was good. The food and drinks did arrive quickly and our waitress did have some helpful suggestions for the menu. The cocktails were good and very unique--both me and my mom enjoyed ours greatly. She had the Jaipur (with campari) and I had the Kama Sutra (a fruity cocktail).
As an appetizer, we had the duck kofte which was spicy but tasted excellent--very rich and flavorful as most duck dishes. It was downhill from there. My mom had the vegetarian tasting platter as her entree, and she said she only liked one thing on there--some cucumber salad. I had the lamb shank which was unremarkable, but I expected more considering how much I like lamb. We had the onion paneer naan for the table which was good. For dessert, the rose petal and raspberry cake which we were excited about was dry and I found it inedible. My mom ate some but didn't attest to enjoying it.
The next day we both ended up with upset stomachs and sundry other indigestion problems which we attribute to one of the two things we shared--the duck kofte or naan, which were sadly the only things we really enjoyed. We also both have "iron stomachs" and it takes quite a bit to upset them. The entrees are priced not for the quality of the food, but for the experience of "fine dining" which is not something I would categorize Indika as. I would not return.
Disappointing!!!!! – Even though restaurant calls itself as a "Indian fusion" place, the dishes taste remotely Indian. If you are looking for anything close to being Indian don't try this place.The dishes are overpriced and even the spiciest food is not mildly spicy by Indian standards. The service leaves much to be desired and it looks as if the staff did not know much about the food they prepare;also we did not get the cookies with the check. Madras Mojito was good. But the Ras Malai and the vegetable plate were just awful. Ras Malai was like a ball of dough floating in milk. This was a much anticipated visit for me,but I will never go back again.
Indika Houston a Synonym to Indian Fusion Food – True Meaning of fusion food.
The Lamb Shank is amazing.The Veggie platter is terrific. A great place to entertain guests. I love to go there with my friends and family. Strong recommendations for alcoholic beverages: Mojito and Anarkali
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