Indika

★★★★☆
  • 516 Westheimer Rd

    Houston, TX 77006

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  • 713-524-2170

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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

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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.

I think Indika is a great place for birthdays, because one can escape Houston and feel somewhere modernly exotic. The new and contemporary building with a high ceiling is designed with saffron walls with some Indian artifacts. I like the contemporary, but dim lighting and the Indian dance music there too. They also have a draped VIP seating area that seats up to 20 people. They also have a nice patio with umbrellas and is surrounded by enough plants and flowers to make you forget about Westheimer.

Mishall, the lead bartender, is a great conversationalist and has a knack for creating aromatic concoctions. Their happy hour is from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, and they have 1/2 off drinks and 1/2 off the bar menu.

The customer service is always supreme. Rusty, the manager, used to be a manager at Cafe Annie, and knows how to deliver platinum service and recommend the finer wines.

Note: Added a photo of the patio/entrance at sunset.

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★★★★★

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.

I think Indika is a great place for birthdays, because one can escape Houston and feel somewhere modernly exotic. The new and contemporary building with a high ceiling is designed with saffron walls with some Indian artifacts. I like the contemporary, but dim lighting and the Indian dance music there too. They also have a draped VIP seating area that seats up to 20 people. They also have a nice patio with umbrellas and is surrounded by enough plants and flowers to make you forget about Westheimer.

Mishall, the lead bartender, is a great conversationalist and has a knack for creating aromatic concoctions. Their happy hour is from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, and they have 1/2 off drinks and 1/2 off the bar menu.

The customer service is always supreme. Rusty, the manager, used to be a manager at Cafe Annie, and knows how to deliver platinum service and recommend the finer wines.

Note: Added a photo of the patio/entrance at sunset.

Pros: Manager Rusty

Cons: Parking (will need to valet)

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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.

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★★★★★

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!

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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".

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★☆☆☆☆

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,

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After reading mixed reviews online I suggested it to my group for lunch.

Yes, upon entering the establishment there is a scent of barn yard or perhaps city "infused" with barn yard.

The menu is a bit odd as there are duplicates of the same list but there was a set menu for the day. We ordered several of the tasting platters and the three course menu for the day. The foods were not awe inspiring, the lamb tasted exactly like my first attempt at curry (it wasn't offensive but not something I'd dream about). The edible flowers were a nice touch however pomegranite is over "infused" into nearly every dish. The drinks are entirely too costly, nearly $10 for a single cocktail "infused" with vodka. The most amazing part of the entire meal was our service, a scruffy young man named Bryce assisted us without fail. The busser cleared our table of semi- eaten meals without our approval and so a large amount of our meals were "taken".

-The Turboozen (cocktail) was bland although the basil and mint floating in it were delicious, together with the grapefruit and vodka it faintly tasted of soap but grows on you as the liquor takes its course.

-The Kamasutra (cocktail) was great. End of story, there were several of those to be had by our table.

Post Dinner Drinks
-The Sherry was potent and smooth, no complaints.
-The Antiquity Wiskey (neat) was aromatic and dazzling although served in a comically over-sized snifter.

Note: The quality of the fine liquors was delightful however I must point out that 1) they were not made by Indika and so I cannot credit them for this 2) we came for the food.

Honestly, while the food was not unbearable and even surprising in the best ways it does not warrant $50 a person. Indika is in theory a "Fusion Indian Fine Dining Experience", in this case theory does not transfer well to reality. The ambiance, location, price point and even the music suggests that this is a fad-spot; a place for indie rock loving midtowners to be seen enjoying indian fusion cuisine.

I return now to my hunt for Indian cuisine to write home about.

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★★★☆☆

After reading mixed reviews online I suggested it to my group for lunch.

Yes, upon entering the establishment there is a scent of barn yard or perhaps city "infused" with barn yard.

The menu is a bit odd as there are duplicates of the same list but there was a set menu for the day. We ordered several of the tasting platters and the three course menu for the day. The foods were not awe inspiring, the lamb tasted exactly like my first attempt at curry (it wasn't offensive but not something I'd dream about). The edible flowers were a nice touch however pomegranite is over "infused" into nearly every dish. The drinks are entirely too costly, nearly $10 for a single cocktail "infused" with vodka. The most amazing part of the entire meal was our service, a scruffy young man named Bryce assisted us without fail. The busser cleared our table of semi- eaten meals without our approval and so a large amount of our meals were "taken".

-The Turboozen (cocktail) was bland although the basil and mint floating in it were delicious, together with the grapefruit and vodka it faintly tasted of soap but grows on you as the liquor takes its course.

-The Kamasutra (cocktail) was great. End of story, there were several of those to be had by our table.

Post Dinner Drinks
-The Sherry was potent and smooth, no complaints.
-The Antiquity Wiskey (neat) was aromatic and dazzling although served in a comically over-sized snifter.

Note: The quality of the fine liquors was delightful however I must point out that 1) they were not made by Indika and so I cannot credit them for this 2) we came for the food.

Honestly, while the food was not unbearable and even surprising in the best ways it does not warrant $50 a person. Indika is in theory a "Fusion Indian Fine Dining Experience", in this case theory does not transfer well to reality. The ambiance, location, price point and even the music suggests that this is a fad-spot; a place for indie rock loving midtowners to be seen enjoying indian fusion cuisine.

I return now to my hunt for Indian cuisine to write home about.

Pros: Bryce, our waiter, was oustanding! Give this guy a raise!!!

Cons: Price, Price, Price / Generic Atmosphere

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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!

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★★★★★

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

Cons: none

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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

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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!!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!!

Pros: none

Cons: food, service, funky bathroom smell, overpriced

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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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?

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★☆☆☆☆

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?

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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.

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★★★★☆

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

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Parking, cocktails

Cons: Food

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Ambience,location,cocktails

Cons: food!!!

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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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★★★★★

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

Pros: Location, $2 Valet Parking

Cons: None so far

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I had previously given Indika a positive review, and I apologize to anyone I've misled. I thought it was pretty good at first, but the wheels are really coming off. I eat expensive food to enjoy delicate flavors and flawless service. But the service is slow on a good day. And even when they use good ingredients, they mask pleasant flavors with too much spice (and sauces that they lazily use on several dishes). I would like to thank Indika for pointing out a great way to save money during these troubled times -- eating elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had previously given Indika a positive review, and I apologize to anyone I've misled. I thought it was pretty good at first, but the wheels are really coming off. I eat expensive food to enjoy delicate flavors and flawless service. But the service is slow on a good day. And even when they use good ingredients, they mask pleasant flavors with too much spice (and sauces that they lazily use on several dishes). I would like to thank Indika for pointing out a great way to save money during these troubled times -- eating elsewhere.

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I absolutely love this place on my first visit. I wanted to hug the chef for trying something different and being innovative. The use of pomegranate seems to be a theme in many dishes and I think that added tangyness is wonderful. I have sampled the appetizers, main courses and desserts and she really nailed it with the blending flavors part. Try the Rose Petal, Pistachio, and Raspberry Cake or the Dark Chocolate & Ginger Tart, Pomegranate Ice Cream - they're delightful! She even makes home made biscuit-cookies served complimentary with the check. How great is that?

Im impressed with the modern-folk interior design, everchanging menu, attentive, polite, and knowledgable staff. This restaurant is not meant for traditionalists ... for them I'd recommend Mezbaan or Bombay Brasserie.

On the 4th visit, I took my family and all the items on the menu were seafood, which left us with very limited options for entrees. i had to send my fish back bc i couldnt eat it, the 2nd item they sent i barely could eat either. i love fish and i know how to make it taste amazing with just simple herbs and some lemon. i was shocked at how gross all of their fish dishes were. it takes a lot for my dad to not be able to eat more then two bites. aside from that fish failure, their appetizers and desserts still made me happy. though, after my continous hypeing it up and the let down when they finally went, my parents have banned us from ever going there again. this will have to be my appetizer/dessert place for just my friends and myself in the future.

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★★★☆☆

I absolutely love this place on my first visit. I wanted to hug the chef for trying something different and being innovative. The use of pomegranate seems to be a theme in many dishes and I think that added tangyness is wonderful. I have sampled the appetizers, main courses and desserts and she really nailed it with the blending flavors part. Try the Rose Petal, Pistachio, and Raspberry Cake or the Dark Chocolate & Ginger Tart, Pomegranate Ice Cream - they're delightful! She even makes home made biscuit-cookies served complimentary with the check. How great is that?

Im impressed with the modern-folk interior design, everchanging menu, attentive, polite, and knowledgable staff. This restaurant is not meant for traditionalists ... for them I'd recommend Mezbaan or Bombay Brasserie.

On the 4th visit, I took my family and all the items on the menu were seafood, which left us with very limited options for entrees. i had to send my fish back bc i couldnt eat it, the 2nd item they sent i barely could eat either. i love fish and i know how to make it taste amazing with just simple herbs and some lemon. i was shocked at how gross all of their fish dishes were. it takes a lot for my dad to not be able to eat more then two bites. aside from that fish failure, their appetizers and desserts still made me happy. though, after my continous hypeing it up and the let down when they finally went, my parents have banned us from ever going there again. this will have to be my appetizer/dessert place for just my friends and myself in the future.

Pros: hip location, nice waiters, great desserts

Cons: way too pricy, fish dishes are really bad, tiny portions

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My wife and I enjoyed lunch here on a weekday. We were seated promptly in the large, airy dining room which lets in lots of sunlight and has a contemporary design. A lot of creativity went into the design. The same is true for the menu, which is not traditional Indian but creative and delicious. We especially liked the samosas and dipping sauce. The portions were small and the prices high, so this won't be a frequent place for us, but we'll probably return occasionally. Vegetarian-friendly.

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I enjoyed lunch here on a weekday. We were seated promptly in the large, airy dining room which lets in lots of sunlight and has a contemporary design. A lot of creativity went into the design. The same is true for the menu, which is not traditional Indian but creative and delicious. We especially liked the samosas and dipping sauce. The portions were small and the prices high, so this won't be a frequent place for us, but we'll probably return occasionally. Vegetarian-friendly.

Pros: Creative food, light and airy contemporary dining room

Cons: pricey, small portions

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Indika surpassed all expectations during my lunch last week . I have been there more than a few times in the last few years and have always enjoyed the food and ambience, both of the previous location as well as the current one. Our waiter was polite, gracious and really made us feel comfortable. We were enjoying a day off ,and decided to venture the exotic drinks Indika's bartender offered. The" Kamasutra" was fabulous. My friends were vegetarian, so we tried the spinach and cornbread appetizer and it was perfect. The presentation was aesthetic, and the taste matched. We then proceeded to order the Eggplant stuffed with paneer and cashews (on my recommendation to my vegetarian friends) and I orderd the Shrimp and scallops korma. Amazing flavors!!! Anita Jaisinghani (Owner/Chef) is truly a very creative chef. Thank you for the fabulous dessert options-Chikoo Ice cream, Halva and the Chocolate Mohanthal(my indian word for it).
A must visit restaurant!!!!

2
★★★★★

Indika surpassed all expectations during my lunch last week . I have been there more than a few times in the last few years and have always enjoyed the food and ambience, both of the previous location as well as the current one. Our waiter was polite, gracious and really made us feel comfortable. We were enjoying a day off ,and decided to venture the exotic drinks Indika's bartender offered. The" Kamasutra" was fabulous. My friends were vegetarian, so we tried the spinach and cornbread appetizer and it was perfect. The presentation was aesthetic, and the taste matched. We then proceeded to order the Eggplant stuffed with paneer and cashews (on my recommendation to my vegetarian friends) and I orderd the Shrimp and scallops korma. Amazing flavors!!! Anita Jaisinghani (Owner/Chef) is truly a very creative chef. Thank you for the fabulous dessert options-Chikoo Ice cream, Halva and the Chocolate Mohanthal(my indian word for it).
A must visit restaurant!!!!

Pros: Good fresh food!!

Cons: None

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Food is good ,not great.Variety limited.Quantity below average.Decor and ambience cheaply and unimaginatively appointed to say the least .No defining characteristics.Noise level very high.Service slow and can be hard to get your server attention at times because of the use of busboys.Valet parking a plus for a $2.00 fee .This is not by any means the best Indian restaurant in Houston.When the overall experience is evaluated the place is average.

1
★★★☆☆

Food is good ,not great.Variety limited.Quantity below average.Decor and ambience cheaply and unimaginatively appointed to say the least .No defining characteristics.Noise level very high.Service slow and can be hard to get your server attention at times because of the use of busboys.Valet parking a plus for a $2.00 fee .This is not by any means the best Indian restaurant in Houston.When the overall experience is evaluated the place is average.

Pros: Valet parking for $2.00 fee

Cons: Ambiance,decor

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Decent food, overpriced- Abosoluely some of the worst service I've experienced in Houston! Will not go back or suggest it to others.

1
★★☆☆☆

Decent food, overpriced- Abosoluely some of the worst service I've experienced in Houston! Will not go back or suggest it to others.

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Indika has amazing food. The wait staff is top notch. The flavors are unique and dishes are wonderful. This is one of my wife and I's favorite spots! Try the Madras Mohito!

Brunch is impressive too! I had the coconut chutney pancakes (I do not remember the real name) and they were to die for!

K

2
★★★★★

Indika has amazing food. The wait staff is top notch. The flavors are unique and dishes are wonderful. This is one of my wife and I's favorite spots! Try the Madras Mohito!

Brunch is impressive too! I had the coconut chutney pancakes (I do not remember the real name) and they were to die for!

K

Pros: unique and flavorful dishes

Cons: none

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Don't be misled by the inane comments about "fusion" by "delicatessecritic" and "superherocool". They don't know what they are talking about. This is one of the finest Indian restaurants in the country. They do great things with quail ,lamb and seafood. The breads are also terriffic. The service is very good.

2
★★★★★

Don't be misled by the inane comments about "fusion" by "delicatessecritic" and "superherocool". They don't know what they are talking about. This is one of the finest Indian restaurants in the country. They do great things with quail ,lamb and seafood. The breads are also terriffic. The service is very good.

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I have gone and eaten at many restaurants along the Silk road through Asia. But Indika seems to me a restaurant that was started by a person that had probably studied marketing at a university, never cooked before, but wanted to make a quick buck. The place was build from the ground up by the owners, to attact people. It is a nice building at a great location. But again do not judge a book by the cover. The cover would be the building, the content of a restaurant is compiled by the staff and the food you get. Staff seems to be untrained, more or less family members that want to join in on the wealth of the owner and as such help him out. Seem like cousines or brother and sisters of the owner. The martinis have cheap vodka in them although they use grey goose it tastes like something else not sure if they refill them. The food, this is actually the worst part. All the dishes are basically a disaster of asia. I guess Fusion stands for sorry this tastes bad, but since it is fusion it is great since we try to fuse terrible indian, with Indonesian, philipino and Thai food. The outcome: I would rather have birdflue then taste another dish from here. Goat brain is a Mongolian dish, but they call it Indian Fusion, absolutely ridiculous, and it tastes absolutely awful. Nothing like the mongolian dish. I feel like the hostess and waiters and owners have dollar signs in their eyes, rather than showing sincere friendliness. Again, Houston why is this another Nuvo Rich joint?

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have gone and eaten at many restaurants along the Silk road through Asia. But Indika seems to me a restaurant that was started by a person that had probably studied marketing at a university, never cooked before, but wanted to make a quick buck. The place was build from the ground up by the owners, to attact people. It is a nice building at a great location. But again do not judge a book by the cover. The cover would be the building, the content of a restaurant is compiled by the staff and the food you get. Staff seems to be untrained, more or less family members that want to join in on the wealth of the owner and as such help him out. Seem like cousines or brother and sisters of the owner. The martinis have cheap vodka in them although they use grey goose it tastes like something else not sure if they refill them. The food, this is actually the worst part. All the dishes are basically a disaster of asia. I guess Fusion stands for sorry this tastes bad, but since it is fusion it is great since we try to fuse terrible indian, with Indonesian, philipino and Thai food. The outcome: I would rather have birdflue then taste another dish from here. Goat brain is a Mongolian dish, but they call it Indian Fusion, absolutely ridiculous, and it tastes absolutely awful. Nothing like the mongolian dish. I feel like the hostess and waiters and owners have dollar signs in their eyes, rather than showing sincere friendliness. Again, Houston why is this another Nuvo Rich joint?

Pros: location

Cons: Fusion=Disaster of Food, Just put Chinese and Indian food in a blender and call it Fusion??? Marketing Scam!!

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The ABSOLUTE WORST EXPERIENCE I have ever had in a restaurant.

Not only was the food terrible but the service was horrific.

I ordered a "pineapple martini" - it tasted of nothing but cheap vodka and when I asked the waitress if she could add some pineapple juice she offered a snotty response that it was "infused vodka/pineapple" and wasn't supposed to taste of pineapple. Usually in a restaurant with some sort of class the staff would be happy to accommodate your request - or offer you something else. Not here - I got an attitude served to me instead.
Don't order the chicken tikka masala appetizer. The chicken (if you could call it that) consisted of all dark misc. pieces of the chicken. Enough said.
We ordered some kind of vegetarian dish for $17 - basically an indian version of "vegetable pot-pie". Tasted ok but way overpriced.

Now lets discuss "service" - Laura the waitress could have cared less that I was unhappy with my drink and as soon as she noticed I was unhappy she ignored us for the rest of the "meal".
A second waitress brought us our check and I asked if she could bring me change... she asked if it was for the valet and if so - the valet could give me change. Is this what you call service? A side note on the staff - this second waitress was wearing a sleeveless shirt, sleeveless shirts are a priviledge not a right. Who wants to see armpits and flabby triceps at a meal. She looked like she hadn't showered in days - and looked as if she was working in a beer garden.

I don't normally complain but felt I had to save people from wasting time and money at this establishment. I know what indian food should taste like - and yes I get this is supposed to be "fusion" or whatever they are claiming it is. The food is disgusting.
The staff walks around like they are working in the trendiest restaurant in South Beach - give me a break. I also find it hilarious that there are "regulars" - like they say you can't buy good taste.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The ABSOLUTE WORST EXPERIENCE I have ever had in a restaurant.

Not only was the food terrible but the service was horrific.

I ordered a "pineapple martini" - it tasted of nothing but cheap vodka and when I asked the waitress if she could add some pineapple juice she offered a snotty response that it was "infused vodka/pineapple" and wasn't supposed to taste of pineapple. Usually in a restaurant with some sort of class the staff would be happy to accommodate your request - or offer you something else. Not here - I got an attitude served to me instead.
Don't order the chicken tikka masala appetizer. The chicken (if you could call it that) consisted of all dark misc. pieces of the chicken. Enough said.
We ordered some kind of vegetarian dish for $17 - basically an indian version of "vegetable pot-pie". Tasted ok but way overpriced.

Now lets discuss "service" - Laura the waitress could have cared less that I was unhappy with my drink and as soon as she noticed I was unhappy she ignored us for the rest of the "meal".
A second waitress brought us our check and I asked if she could bring me change... she asked if it was for the valet and if so - the valet could give me change. Is this what you call service? A side note on the staff - this second waitress was wearing a sleeveless shirt, sleeveless shirts are a priviledge not a right. Who wants to see armpits and flabby triceps at a meal. She looked like she hadn't showered in days - and looked as if she was working in a beer garden.

I don't normally complain but felt I had to save people from wasting time and money at this establishment. I know what indian food should taste like - and yes I get this is supposed to be "fusion" or whatever they are claiming it is. The food is disgusting.
The staff walks around like they are working in the trendiest restaurant in South Beach - give me a break. I also find it hilarious that there are "regulars" - like they say you can't buy good taste.

Pros: NONE

Cons: FOOD, SERVICE, ATTITUDE

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Not only great food, but excellent service as well. Besides the obvious great entrees, the people who work there are quite fabulous. I went with a couple that have a young toddler and the staff was wonderful in 'helping' the couple with the baby while they ate. They'd pick up the child and take her around the restaurant and play with her! Made the night easy and special for all of us. Food is excellent! Been there again and planning on returning yet again!

1
★★★☆☆

Not only great food, but excellent service as well. Besides the obvious great entrees, the people who work there are quite fabulous. I went with a couple that have a young toddler and the staff was wonderful in 'helping' the couple with the baby while they ate. They'd pick up the child and take her around the restaurant and play with her! Made the night easy and special for all of us. Food is excellent! Been there again and planning on returning yet again!

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This is a WONDERFUL restaurant, and I love the new location! The first time I ate at Indika, it was at the old Memorial Drive location. The food was good, but the restaurant was pretty cramped. We have been to the new location several times, and LOVE IT! The food is great. The service is great. The owner usually comes by the tables and says hello. I have a hard time deciding what to order- for each course- because EVERYTHING is AMAZING!!!

2
★★★★★

This is a WONDERFUL restaurant, and I love the new location! The first time I ate at Indika, it was at the old Memorial Drive location. The food was good, but the restaurant was pretty cramped. We have been to the new location several times, and LOVE IT! The food is great. The service is great. The owner usually comes by the tables and says hello. I have a hard time deciding what to order- for each course- because EVERYTHING is AMAZING!!!

Pros: Food, atmosphere

Cons: NONE!!!

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This place has beautiful and hip decor, attentive staff and great food. Be sure to try their version of a mojito. What a delight. The check is served with delicious little cookies. What a treat!

2
★★★★★

This place has beautiful and hip decor, attentive staff and great food. Be sure to try their version of a mojito. What a delight. The check is served with delicious little cookies. What a treat!

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This was THE surprise of Houston. Wonderful food - real Indian! - and great attention to the detail.

2
★★★★★

This was THE surprise of Houston. Wonderful food - real Indian! - and great attention to the detail.

Pros: The staff are very friendly and professional

Cons: none!

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I agree that this is not the place for traditional indian food, but in all fairness, it hasn't claimed to be. This was a fantastic experience in indian fusion. Indika has a fun, vibrant atmosphere with good service. Not too loud, either. The black bean (or lentil? I forget now) samosa was one of the best things I have eaten all year. Excellent wine list and I love that they are open on Sunday afternoon. That is a fantastic time to sneak in with no crowds for an excellent meal. If you want good, more traditional indian food, try Kirin's on Westheimer. That is another great experience and she does have a little fusion there as well to go along with the traditional dishes.

2
★★★★★

I agree that this is not the place for traditional indian food, but in all fairness, it hasn't claimed to be. This was a fantastic experience in indian fusion. Indika has a fun, vibrant atmosphere with good service. Not too loud, either. The black bean (or lentil? I forget now) samosa was one of the best things I have eaten all year. Excellent wine list and I love that they are open on Sunday afternoon. That is a fantastic time to sneak in with no crowds for an excellent meal. If you want good, more traditional indian food, try Kirin's on Westheimer. That is another great experience and she does have a little fusion there as well to go along with the traditional dishes.

Pros: Inventive food, wine list, atmosphere

Cons: Not traditional indian food

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The bar was quite a pretty people scene. Nice lighting and contemporary but exotic atmosphere. Must try the saffron ice creme.

2
★★★★★

The bar was quite a pretty people scene. Nice lighting and contemporary but exotic atmosphere. Must try the saffron ice creme.

Pros: Great date place; desirable crowd; nice cars; didn't feel like I was in Houston

Cons: Wish they had a bigger lounge

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The atmosphere is fun and certainly hip, however I don't think we can compare this place to Tabla in New York City. The latter far exceeds in innovation regarding Indian Fusion, espcially their drinks. In contrast to a previous post, I found the dishes not spicy enough and perhaps a little "greasy". It is certainly worth a try however.

2
★★★★☆

The atmosphere is fun and certainly hip, however I don't think we can compare this place to Tabla in New York City. The latter far exceeds in innovation regarding Indian Fusion, espcially their drinks. In contrast to a previous post, I found the dishes not spicy enough and perhaps a little "greasy". It is certainly worth a try however.

Pros: Fun, Food is interesting

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I had heard good reviews of this place. I was impressed with the setting and ambience. I would describe it as cozy and beautiful. The service was great too.

However, the food was not all that great. The recipes were innovative but way too spicy. Please dont go there if you are looking for Indian food. It wasnt an inexpensive dinner outing either. Overall, not a great value

1
★★★☆☆

I had heard good reviews of this place. I was impressed with the setting and ambience. I would describe it as cozy and beautiful. The service was great too.

However, the food was not all that great. The recipes were innovative but way too spicy. Please dont go there if you are looking for Indian food. It wasnt an inexpensive dinner outing either. Overall, not a great value

Pros: ambience, concept, service

Cons: food

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The food and the service are very good. The only bad thing is that it is pretty loud when the dinning room is full. It is necessary to make reservations for a Friday or Saturday night (you can even make reservations as late as noon on the day you are planning to attend)

2
★★★★★

The food and the service are very good. The only bad thing is that it is pretty loud when the dinning room is full. It is necessary to make reservations for a Friday or Saturday night (you can even make reservations as late as noon on the day you are planning to attend)

Pros: food, service

Cons: noise

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This is an Indian fusion restaurant in the same vein as Tabla in New York and Mantra in Boston, although I liked both of those places slightly better than Indika. The food is an artful blend of Indian flavors and western gourmet sensibilities. Service and decor were both good. Houston has several good Indian restaurants but this is the only good Indian fusion I have found and I will continue to make the drive to its outside the loop location.

2
★★★★☆

This is an Indian fusion restaurant in the same vein as Tabla in New York and Mantra in Boston, although I liked both of those places slightly better than Indika. The food is an artful blend of Indian flavors and western gourmet sensibilities. Service and decor were both good. Houston has several good Indian restaurants but this is the only good Indian fusion I have found and I will continue to make the drive to its outside the loop location.

Pros: Very good food, Good service

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If you are looking for traditional Indian food this is not the place. However the food was very unique. I liked my dish however my wife thought her food was not pleasant at all. The service was very good and the decor is great. Just remember... THIS IS NOT NORMAL INDIAN FOOD.

2
★★★★☆

If you are looking for traditional Indian food this is not the place. However the food was very unique. I liked my dish however my wife thought her food was not pleasant at all. The service was very good and the decor is great. Just remember... THIS IS NOT NORMAL INDIAN FOOD.

Pros: Service, Desert, Decor

Cons: , odd menu selection

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I love this place! All the spices and dishes are blended perfectly.. The spices are not too overbearing. I really like the Foie Gras appetizer. Also the Lamb chop dish really shines.

2
★★★★★

I love this place! All the spices and dishes are blended perfectly.. The spices are not too overbearing. I really like the Foie Gras appetizer. Also the Lamb chop dish really shines.

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One of the best experiences I've had in a long time. This place was absolutely fantastic. It was a great place to go if you want to splash a little bit for a nice bottle of wine and dinner. The ambience was very nice and quiet as well. There were no waiters running around you, no loud big dinner groups, or a never ending waiting list. It was quaint little hidden restaurant. The fish was very very fresh. The duck and venison were extremly tender.

2
★★★★★

One of the best experiences I've had in a long time. This place was absolutely fantastic. It was a great place to go if you want to splash a little bit for a nice bottle of wine and dinner. The ambience was very nice and quiet as well. There were no waiters running around you, no loud big dinner groups, or a never ending waiting list. It was quaint little hidden restaurant. The fish was very very fresh. The duck and venison were extremly tender.

Pros: food, ambiance

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We have eaten twice at Indika. The first time, we showed up on a Saturday with no reservations. Anita was so accomodating - I will forever be grateful. The food was great. I lived in NYC for several years, and the quality of this food reminds me of some of the great NYC Indian restaurants, like Dawat. It is very innovative. The service is a little spotty - I tend to overlook that as due to the newness of the place. I expect that it will improve over time. The eggplant and the duck are our favorite dishes, but there is a lamb combo that our friends shared that looked delicious. We started with some extraordinary crabmeat samosas. I don't usually go to far outside the Loop - but this is definitely worth the drive!

2
★★★★☆

We have eaten twice at Indika. The first time, we showed up on a Saturday with no reservations. Anita was so accomodating - I will forever be grateful. The food was great. I lived in NYC for several years, and the quality of this food reminds me of some of the great NYC Indian restaurants, like Dawat. It is very innovative. The service is a little spotty - I tend to overlook that as due to the newness of the place. I expect that it will improve over time. The eggplant and the duck are our favorite dishes, but there is a lamb combo that our friends shared that looked delicious. We started with some extraordinary crabmeat samosas. I don't usually go to far outside the Loop - but this is definitely worth the drive!

Pros: Great Food, Owner is so NICE

Cons: Spotty Service

 

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