Voss Fish and Grill on N. Lamar - anyone?
I mentioned this place to a Bengali student in our program a few weeks ago and yesterday she showed up at my office with a hearty smile to thank me for introducing her to Voss. She had been five times and attested to its delicious authenticity. She also mentioned that they will cook a fish you bring them (she mentioned MT market's specifically) and mentioned you can get a mustard / chili rubbed whole cooked Hilsa for 16.99 - an iconic fish of Bengal / Bangladeshi cuisine. I am now picking up fish here once a week at least - it costs less to get my fish from them perfectly cooked than to buy it myself and cook and clean. what a deal. We also have used their fried bangla to bring home and assemble fish tacos with some low carb tortillas, yogurt / chipotle / adobo sauce and cabbage. just brilliant. This place is so worth everyone's attention - a fantastic value.
I am Bengali (although I've mostly grown up in the U.S.),but I share your student's enthusiasm about Voss. I really recommend trying the fish dishes (they have added some non-fish dishes; Bengal is in the Ganges delta and consequently we eat a lot more fish and seafood than chicken). The taste of this food, I think, is quite different from the usual Indian dishes you get at other restaurants.
thanks y'all for providing the guinea pig adventure. We went tonight and had the grilled and fried #11 basa that came with french fries and we ordered a side of the lentil soup. what an absolute gem of a place. the fish was stellar, the lentil soup was just solid and homey, the fries were serviceable, and the two sauces, a spicey sort of tamarind, and a hot ranch-esque were great for the fried fillet dippers. this is an outstanding kitchen with great ingredients.
Chowhounds who are looking for a unique and extremely flavorful Indian/Bengladeshi dining experience should check out Voss asap.
I had the privilege of dining at Voss last night and I want to STRONGLY support all the compliments this restaurant has been collecting on this board. This is a very unique dining experience - I have never seen an Indian restaurant serving so many different fish dishes. I've had a few Goan fish curries, but that's not what Voss is about.
We ordered 4 different grilled fish entrees. As mentioned before, they have a very limited menu and it's 95% fish.
As Carter B mentioned, the Sole Pass Bangla Fillet was very good. I thought all the fish was high quality, very fresh tasting, not some generic tilapia or catfish. The two masala dishes were my favorites. I ordered mine medium spicy and it was very tasty.
Portions were large.
We started off with a ground beef samosa appetizer which was a little greasier than I'm used to, but it was very spicy with a lighter, flakier crust than I've seen on most Austin samosas. We also ordered the dal side dish and I will definitely order this again - very creamy, medium spicy, it had the consistency of a split pea soup. Yummy. The fish entrees are served with whole-wheat (?) chipattis.
This restaurant serves only halal meats and no alcohol is permitted on the premises.
This is not a fancy restaurant. All dishes are served on Styrofoam plates with plastic forks, but it was very clean and friendly.
I hope this place catches on - I know I will be back.
Tried it for lunch today; very delicious. So few Indian restaurants carry fish dishes, and for Bengalis, fish is the primary staple food. I am really thrilled to see this place, and hope they succeed. They serve grilled dishes, and not the usual curries that you get everywhere else; Bengali fried fish is something I remember with great fondness and rarely do you see that in your typical Indian restaurant.
We had the Shrimp Kata Kat (took me a while to figure this out; kata is "cut" in Bengali, so Kata Kat means cut in small pieces, or chopped); the fish and the shrimp are chopped up and grilled with spices. It was really very good. Definitely will try that one again.
The second dish was the Fish Masala, which is just spicy grilled fish. The fish pieces were grilled nicely, quite soft inside,and with lots of onions, peppers and tomatoes.
We ordered both dishes spicy, and while not as hot as you would expect a vindaloo to be, it is respectably hot. With most of my friends, I will order it to be a bit milder next time.
We had it with rotis (bread) instead of rice. Very much as I remember from my visits, but perhaps bigger in size. They served 4 for the two of us; 1 each was quite enough for us.
So, on the strength of one visit, I recommend this place. If you like Indian food, try this place for something different.
Thanks, slowcooked, for mentioning this. Based on your tip, we tried it today for lunch (Note they don't open until noon). We thought it was quite good. We each had a version of grilled, spiced fish and enjoyed them all. I had the Pomfret big which is a whole fish and was well cooked. Another had the red snapper filet, but the winner was the sole passa bangla filet. Some were ordered medium spicy and others spicy but we could tell no difference between the levels.
On our next visit I want to try the shrimp kata kat, which was described as some sort of chopped shrimp/fish combo--presumably these are your kebobs?
They have a couple of family meal combos on posters. Here's the regular menu and there is a lunch special of any filet, with dal and rice for $7. Typically the orders are by the pound which is unusual.