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Reporting back on Houston trip

jrabbit2727 May 9, 2011 05:28 PM

Had a lovely 2 day stay in Houston before jetting off to Austin for the weekend. In fact, I think I had two of the best meals I've had in a long time....and I just got back from San Fran!!

First night we went to Reef. I'm a HUGE fish/seafood fan and I've had some of the best around the world...but I have to say that Reef lived up to the best and was FAR less expensive than the other top places I've been to.

I started with a lovely grilled shrimp salad and my husband had oysters. Both appps were really fresh and the shrimp were perfectly seasoned. For mains...I had the scallops with sweet potato mash and greens and my husband had the grouper in jus. The scallops were so beautifully done on the grill that they had a carmalization on the outside that was unlike anything I'd had before. But the grouper was by far the standout. Could smell the mellowness of the jus as it was coming to the table and the taste went beyond all expectations! Add to this the cool yet casual ambiance of the place and it was truly an amazing meal. SO much on the menu I wanted to try...will be back for sure.

Second night we went to Indika. I LOVE modern Indian food and again have been to some of the best places around the world. This was phenomenal!! Started out with the Kale and blueberry salad which was made perfectly tart by a lime dressing. My husband had the goat brain appetizer which was really unique and delicate and had lovely spicing to it. Entree was Red Snapper with the Almond/Cliantro curry - and I would have licked the plate if no one was looking - it was THAT good. And my husband had the lamb two ways which was tender and with a good amount of flavour. Again....the cool yet casual vibe topped off the dinner and made this one a must try again resto.

Finally....thank you again for the help re where to go near the MFAH....I ended up at Prego as some of you suggested and had a lovely grilled chicken salad and some wine and was perfectly happy. Fresh ingredients....good service....comfortable to eat alone....no one rushed me....and was nice to walk around the area following.

So...my first time to Houston...and I can honestly say that I had a very unexpected but VERY positive foodie experience!!!

516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005

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    WtotheN RE: jrabbit2727 May 9, 2011 08:39 PM

    Glad to hear you had a nice Houston experience!

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      kagemusha49 RE: jrabbit2727 May 9, 2011 09:23 PM

      I have got to say that Indika ain't cheap but it is truly exceptional. (And I'm all for good and cheap Indian food too!)

      516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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        bornie RE: jrabbit2727 May 10, 2011 05:59 AM

        Awesome!! On your next visit try Anita's (Indika) new restaurant, Pondicheri for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Its located in the new restauarnt/retail/residential complex at Kirby and Westheimer. Her baked breads and deserts are terrific too!

        1. Lambowner RE: jrabbit2727 May 10, 2011 09:50 AM

          Indika used to be in our neighborhood in West Houston, and we had lunch there most Saturdays. I so miss the curry shrimp & scallops with a side of her amazing okra. And the pistachio ice cream. And the warm (and free) cardomom cookies. And Anita herself. We just don't get to the Westheimer location as much as we'd like. It's not open for leisurely Saturday lunches anymore.

          Glad you enjoyed your short stay.

          516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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            bornie RE: Lambowner May 10, 2011 01:50 PM

            that was a great location Lambowner... I remember visiting her restaurant on the day Indika opened 10 years + ago.. No reservations,, the restaurant was swamped,, and somehow she found a place for me to sit and experience her talented interpretation of Indian cuisine,, a sensory explosion,, sight, touch, taste and smell,, i had never realized.. I have tremendous admiration for Anita....

            516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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              FarleyFlavors RE: bornie May 11, 2011 02:30 AM

              I visited Indika in that location a year or so after it opened too. Was disappointed. Tasteless crabmeat samosas with greasy pastry that was way too thick. A duck dish with an utterly bland sauce (although to be fair the duck breast was perfectly cooked). No choice of bread. And all a bit overpriced.

              It sure gets a lot of love these days though so maybe I hit them on an off night.

              516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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