Those looking for authentic, UK-style Indian fare should head southwest to Houston’s London Sizzler Indian Bar & Grill. The family-owned spot—just off Hillcroft and I-59—is popular with in-the-know foodies thanks to its bold flavors, spice and charcoal-oven Tandoori.
Don’t be thrown off by London Sizzler’s strip center setting. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Even before guests step through the door, the aroma of cardamom and curry drift through the air—a sure signal of the good things to come. Inside, the laid-back restaurant is spacious and clean. Near the back, a saltwater fish tank adds interest, as do a few small TVs—often broadcasting soccer and boxing matches.
Everything on London Sizzler’s menu—from the tender, melt-in-your-mouth goat curry, garlic bullet naan and vegetable samosas—are made from scratch. If things get too spicy, cool off with a glass of sweet mango lassi. The spot also has vegetarian selections, which are prepared using a separate fryer in the kitchen.
Before heading home, stop next door. The owners also run a sweet shop offering an endless selection of traditional Indian desserts.