The duo behind Dubai’s Spice Route Co. tapped rising star chef Mayank Istwal to show off the fare of his native India in an over-the-top dining experience set over 10,000 square feet of gorgeously ornate interior and terrace space with antique rugs, Empire ceilings lit by chandeliers, and a “Palace of Mirrors'' room with more than 200,000 pieces of hand-cut mirror on its walls. A reflective mix of traditional and cutting edge dishes match the majestic atmosphere at this extraordinary Indian concept. Expect dramatic presentations of Pani Puri (filled with fresh ceviche, no less), gorgeous Stuffed Squash Blossoms, fiery Smoked Goat, and the Butter Chicken Experience with the classic done multiple ways; plus power lunches, social hours, and multi-course tasting menus from the chef.
How to order: Order takeout via Toast.
It’s hard for Houston to feel breezy in the summer, yet somehow, it miraculously does when seated out on the balcony patio at this uber luxurious Indian eatery. Try to snag one of the coveted linen-draped tables to truly experience its magnificence, though a high top seat or spot at the bar provides equal access to Musaafer’s richly spiced, spectacularly plated dishes and equally impressive top-shelf cocktails.
Whisk yourselves off to far-flung place by date nighting in a gilded dining room, cozying up on tufted sofas in a sultry lounge, or wining and dining on a patio inspired by the breezeways of Indian palaces at this well-traveled fine dining spot. Opulence flows abundantly as chef Mayank Istwal churns out seasonally inspired Spice Route dishes bound to titillate the senses. Get the juices flowing with indulgences like Coriander Prawn, Truffle Chaat, and Braised Lamb, and end the journey with a mosaic of rich, silky Kheer scented with saffron and cardamom.
How to order: Order take-out via Toast.
Stepping into this Uptown gem is like entering an opulent palace draped in luxury, every corner peppered with decor reminiscent of 18th-century grandeur. Once seated, you’ll discover a menu beaming with enticing platters partnered with craft cocktails and a knockout wine list. Begin the evening with smoky goat meat bolstered with wild garlic and chili, or try some expertly seared lamb chops smothered in stewed apricot and a hearty slot of vegetables—the choices are endless. That’s Musaafer for you, a culinary temple perfect for a chilly evening after work or a festive Sunday brunch.
How to book: Call 713-242-8087 for take-out or get delivery via Uber Eats.