Subcontinental cuisine southside!

Southies needn’t cross the river for Indian food, thanks to India Kitchen. Today we saw, we stopped, we sampled, and we made a vow to return. We savored everything we tasted at this immaculate establishment in the shopping center housing La Hacienda market (2410 East Riverside, suite D4, telephone 448-7773). India Kitchen is open seven days a week, serving a luncheon buffet from 11 am to 2:30 on weekdays and until 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, opening again at 5 pm every day, and closing at 10 on weeknights and at 10:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. I’m not sure whether there’s a buffet in the evenings, but I know that during evening hours there’s a full menu. Today’s buffet offered two very delicious soups, a sambhar and a dal. The naan was beautiful. Every dish sampled was tasty. I liked it that the ice water was served in giant pedestaled glass goblets. The napkins were cloth and large. Today’s buffet offered several vegetarian dishes, including something delicious made mostly from cabbage that was new to me, as well as many favorites, including dahl makhani (made from small black lentils). There were three chicken dishes, delicious lamb meatballs in a wonderful accompanying sauce, and a dish of curried goat. The iced tea was constantly replenished. The fresh fruits included diced watermelon. An established Indian restaurant from north of the river once tried a branch way south for a while, and years and years ago La Quinta had a stand-alone Indian restaurant that burned down. But it’s been a long, long time since this cuisine was available south of the river. We’re fortunate that somebody’s willing to try again, offering excellent food for vegetarians and for those otherwise inclined. India Kitchen offers catering, too. If India Kitchen has taken out any ads yet, I haven’t noticed them, so I’m truly glad we had an errand at La Hacienda!

2 Comments so far

  1. AMD Employee (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    Oh yeah I love that place. Plus its near work!

  2. Former Houstonian (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    The food and service at this exceptionally clean restaurant are absolutely superb! The buffet offers a little bit of almost everthing on the main menu which is a big help for those of us who have not experienced Indian cuisine. The owners and staff are also ery friendly in helping explain the different dishes. The modest Indian decor, music, linen tablecloths and napkins added even more to the wonderful dining experience. Thanks India Kitchen for opening in South Austin!

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