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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Shri Balaji Bhavan

5655 Hillcroft Avenue

My father-in-law calls this the best deal in town. He is probably on the money on this point. Balaji Bhavan is a South Indian restaurant. Dark inside, and covered with tile, this restaurant very much reminded me of our trip to India.

The menu is extensive and cheap. I like chaat--a kind of Indian snack. This time I had the best chaat I've ever tried at Balaji Bhavan (how can you not fall in love with such a cool sounding name?), sev puri. It consists of 5 or 6 half dollar sized discs of a crunchy savory fried dough covered with potato, onion, corriander, and chutney. It crispy and good... ohhhh so good.

We also ordered the traditional thali that comes with a variety of small side dishes. When we were in India, everyone mixed the vegetables with the rice by hand and ate with their hands, but at this restaurant, there was an even split between those who ate with their hands and those who ate with forks. We opted for forks.

At some point, I'll do a more extensive review on this place, but for now, go there, order many dishes and determine what you like and don't like. It won't cost you much. And for an after-dinner drink, have the Madras Coffee. It's pretty good.


bluru said...

I'm a Houstonian, now living in Bangalore. I will tell my parents in Houston to check it out.

When I'm back in Houston, the LAST thing I want is Indian food I'm afraid.

Too much good sev puri here. ;-)

April 18, 2007

agorist said...

Everything I've eaten here is good. Authentically spicy. In fact, fiery! When my whole family went one time, we laughed at the fact that we had gone through more than one pitcher of water, while neighboring tables (all native Indians of course) while barely drunk down an inch of water. :)

We rate this our best Indian food in town -- too bad its so far out.

April 23, 2007


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