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Indika - Houston, TX

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It has been about 2 years since I have been to Indika and I was very impressed with how the restaurant has matured over time. Years ago, I thought that the service was sluggish an...

Worst

I ordered a Med Rare Filet Mignon and it was cut in the shape of a pyramid. Obviously it was not cooked to a consistent temp the whole way through. The edges were well done and th...

Indika 1/25/2012

I ordered a Med Rare Filet Mignon and it was cut in the shape of a pyramid. Obviously it was not cooked to a consistent temp the whole way through. The edges were well done and the center was rare. I informed the waiter that the steak was not cooked appropriately. A few minutes later the owner came out questioning whether or not a knew what med rare was. He was obviously irritated that someone would ever question the way they cook their food. Normally things are good there but if its not don't bother telling them because at Indika the customer is ALWAYS wrong. more

What a disappointment 8/21/2011

We have been eating here for nearly 10 years and have been big fans of this restaurant. Today we were there for lunch and I can say I have never had this kind of bad service at any other restaurant. This is supposedly a buffet, which makes one think that there should be no wait for food. We ordered our food as soon as we sat since we know what we want. After about half an hour a chat plate was served. As we were waiting we noticed one other customer leave in a huff without getting his food. We were of course not planning on giving up since this is (I should say was) one of our favorite restaurants. However when we did not get our food even after waiting for an hour we decided it was time to complain. When I approached the main desk and told them about the situation they told me I can leave without paying !!! I am just stunned at this kind of service at a restaurant that charges $25 dollars per person. Makes it hard to see a good restaurant go down the drain like this. I really hope that Anita is able to get this place together. Makes me wonder if opening Pondicheri has just meant this restaurant is going to suffer. Asha more

Vegetarian? Food sucks 1/21/2011

My husband and I went to this place because we love to try new ""fusion"" type places but this one was absolutely horrible. We order the sweet potato samosa appetizer which consisted of 3 tiny (and I mean tiny) samosas that tasted ok but notthing spectacular for the crazy price. We order the vegetarian plate which apparently included a mix of random vegetarian items and it was soo bad. Daal tasted like it came from a box, poor vegetables (and a small quantity!). Roti was also not good. Being vegetarian, I have definitely received good quantities of stomach filling food that tasted amazing elsewhere, NOT at this place. Fortunately, we did not even order the dessert because it looked like the size of a dime. One good thing that came from this experience was that I got this restaurant out of my ""restaurants to go"" list. Always was curious about this place and now I can say I've been there. Never would I go back again. more

Impressed 9/29/2010

It has been about 2 years since I have been to Indika and I was very impressed with how the restaurant has matured over time. Years ago, I thought that the service was sluggish and the food was high mediocre. This time, however, the food excelled and the service was first rate. Everyone at our table was very impressed with the restaurant and I'll be back soon. more

Cold as Cucumber Raita - Indika puts the I in Inhospitable 7/6/2010

When a restaurant boasts a designer menu, the caliber of service should be equally as proud. Don’t expect... more

Cold as Cucumber Raita - Indika puts the I in Inhospitable 7/6/2010

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When a restaurant boasts a designer menu, the caliber of service should be equally as proud. Don’t expect this ratio at Indika on Montrose. If you ... more

Cold as Cucumber Raita - Indika puts the I in Inhospitable 7/6/2010

all4food Provided by Partner
When a restaurant boasts a designer menu, the caliber of service should be equally as proud. Don’t expect this ratio at Indika on Montrose. If you ... more

New Love of Indian Cuisine 4/16/2010

I received a gift certificate to Indika and was a little hesitant as this was my first time to eat real Indian food. So I took a friend who loves Indian cuisine and we checked out the restaurants happy hour. After my experience at this Houston hot spot, I fell in love with the flavors. We started happy hour off with a local pale ale beer and the house pomegranate cocktail. Both were extremely satisfying. Our waiter and bartender was impressively familiar with the menu and made great suggestions for us. We ordered the bread pakora and the baby goat burger with sweet potato fries. It didn?t disappoint. I?ll definitely be back to check out more of the menu in the future. But be prepared to hoof it or valet to park at this restaurant. If you're not down to valet find street parking in the surrounding Montrose-area neighborhoods. Pros: Waiters/Bartenders, happy hour Cons: Parking more

Foie Gras Better than Birthday Cake 3/9/2010

We went to Indika for multiple birthday parties this week, and I was glad to see that they still had the seared foie gras on the menu. A few of us actually had it as a birthday meal. Pros: Manager Rusty Cons: Parking (will need to valet) more

One of the best, most creative restauraunts in Houston! 1/5/2010

I'm honestly a bit surprised at the number of negative reviews; although if you look closely, you'll see most people either love Indika's or hate it, and both sites like Yelp and Houston Chron give this place great reviews. Anyway, I have to say Indika is by far my favorite restaurant in Houston, perhaps my favorite of all time. Before I ate here, I had a misconception of ""fusion"" cuisine as being watered-down and Americanized, but the owner-chef has come up with some absolutely amazing combination of ingredients and flavors. Eating at Indika's is the closest this college student can get to being a guest judge on Iron Chef; the dishes are that delicious, and that creative. Indika also deserves extra points for having a beautiful dining room filled with natural light, and a helpful, laid-back staff. Everything here is delicious, but I would especially suggest the Eggplant stuffed with paneer and cashews - which should prove any meat lover that vegetarian dishes can be just as fulfilling - and the sweet potato samosas as an appetizer. Pros: Creative dishes w/ amazing flavor combinations; atmosphere Cons: A bit pricey; lunch is a great value though! more

HIGH HYPE, LOW SUBSTANCE 9/12/2009

no indian in their right mind would like this restaurant. i'll jump right into an example. my chocolate dessert had TURMERIC in it. turmeric?!! yes, turmeric is very indian, but with chocolate?!! in dessert?!! also, my chaat (mixed food snacks) was quite good except for a nasty syrupy-sweet tamarind sauce. this pretty much summarized every dish at indika - there is always something that ruins the dish. that's the so-called ""inventive"" part. now i love traditional indian food, true to my roots. however, having lived in major international cities, i've tried my fare share of modern/fusion indian food. i find it's either fabulous or ridiculous; indika is the latter. (for reference, i love 'tabla' in new york: classy, inventive, authentic in ingredients, modern in presentation.) pros: A for effort, not result. the interior is very posh and warm at the same time. service was decent. i asked my indian friends what they thought of indika and we're all in agreement. it seems only white americans with no concept of real indian food enjoy indika -- the kind that think real indian food is ""too darn spicy"". Pros: inventive food, good atmosphere Cons: wierd dishes, inauthentic flavors, overpriced, more

Mixed Bag, Apparently the cocktails are infused with gold. 4/10/2009

After reading mixed reviews online I suggested it to my group for lunch. Pros: Bryce, our waiter, was oustanding! Give this guy a raise!!! Cons: Price, Price, Price / Generic Atmosphere more

LOVE IT! 3/16/2009

I have read some questionable reviews about this place but I have gone twice with nothing but perfect service & food! We had the venision chops most recently and they were like butter! I cannot wait to go back! Pros: Service, Ambiance, Food, Dessert, Coffee more

Like Indian Food? Here's the Place 3/12/2009

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. Pros: Anita more

overrated 2/2/2009

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? Cons: food, service, funky bathroom smell, overpriced more

Don't go to Indika. For the price you pay, they're service is horrible!!!!!!!! 2/2/2009

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. Pros: Atmosphere is okay Cons: rude service including hostess, wait staff, down to the valet parkers more

can't decide whether the food or service was worse 1/26/2009

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. more

I'd love to know who really writes the great revues of Indika on the Net. 1/23/2009

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. more

Highly recommended for food; average ambience 12/21/2008

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. Pros: Unusual Indian food and tasty Cons: Utilitarian atmosphere more

best fusion indian food i have ever had!! 8/7/2008

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! more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Owner and chef Anita Jaisinghani brings her innovative Indian menu to a more spacious and updated Montrose address. The décor is contemporary and welcoming, tinged with...

  • 6/18/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Sat. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sun. 11am - 3pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Neartown/ Montrose
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