Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hyderabad House- A Decent Indian place

Restaurant: Hyderabad House
6437 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056
Buffet or a-la-carte: a-la-carte



Background:
Salam/hey guys! Once again there is no picture of the logo of Hyderabad House. The reason for that is because this is a new restaurant! Hyderabad House is, you guessed it, Indian. Now I normally do not eat Indian food outside my house, but since this is a new restaurant, I decided to try this place out. I was free the whole day as I finished my classes for the day. I was hungry as it was nearing 2 PM. I also wanted something that was cheap and would fill me up. So I took my chances and went there.



Let the Experience Begin!
Hyderabad House replaces Bawarchi Biryani Point, as the latter is moving to a new location. So this can be done in comparison to Biryani Pot and Paradise Biryani Pointe. The interior has not changed since the restaurant changed name. I had a very eerie feeling when I went into the restaurant because I was literally the only customer inside! When I came in, they were cleaning up! Maybe it caters mainly to the officers during the lunch period. After getting in, I was handed the menu, and a piece of paper listing two things. Cheap much?



Let's Eat!
I ordered one of the things that was on that small piece of paper: the non-vegetarian thali. Out of all the things in Indian cuisine, this was one thing I had been waiting to try for a long time. Normally, thalis are vegetarian. My mom would usually eat this when she would go out here in Houston. But not today! Thali is literally the Indian equivalent of a sampler plate. You have small portions of Indian dishes accompanying the main dish. Think of it this way. When it is presented to you, it seems like they made a collage of a flower with the food present, with the small dishes acting like the petals and the main dish acting like the center. The small portion dishes are: chicken appetizer, chicken curry, daal (lentils), gravy, rice pudding dessert, naan, white rice, and raita. The center part is the Chicken Dum Biryani. I paid $10.28 (tax included for this). The waiting time was a good 5 minutes and 25 seconds.



Menu: http://hyderabadhouse.net/menu/
Like every Indian restaurant, Hyderabad House offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, since many Indians are vegetarian. There is no beef in this restaurant. Nothing particularly exotic in this restaurant; you find everything that is on this menu at other Indian restaurants. Interestingly, each state in India has it's own delicacies, so why can there not be restaurants that feature delicacies from a particular state?



Clockwise from top: Naan, rice pudding dessert, white rice, chicken appetizer, chicken curry, daal, gravy, and raita. The middle is the chicken biryani


The Verdict:
The taste is much like Bawarchi. What does this mean? It means that it is much better than Biryani Pot and Paradise Biryani Pointe. Out of these, the best was the chicken appetizer, which I think is chicken 65, the raita, and the daal. The biryani could be done a little better. The naan was alright. I did not eat the rice pudding as it is one of my least favorite things to eat. The food was washed down by a complimentary glass of water. Overall, one thumb up.
The service was nothing special. There was nothing to praise or criticize. I just ate and left.



Conclusion: 
If you want to try some decent Indian food, or want to bring your non-Indian friends to an Indian restaurant, then I would suggest that you give Hyderabad House a try. I would specifically recommend the daal, and the chicken 65. You will definitely like it.



Grading:
Service: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Waiting Time: 10/10
Overall: 27/30 = 90% (A)
Pricing: $$ out of $$$$



Restaurant Information:
Hyderabad House
6437 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056
Phone: (713) 714-8197
Website: http://hyderabadhouse.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hyderabad-House/465472450156077
Timings: Mon-Thu: 11 AM - 10 PM; Fri: 11 AM - 10:30 PM; Sat: 9:30 AM - 10:30 PM; Sun: closed
Caters: Yes


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Cheers!
Zain Mohammed

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