Houston >Food & Dining > Nirvana Indian Restaurant
14543 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7707929.769968 -95.604889
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Memorial, Westside
Rude staff – Last time I ate there the food was substandard. Staff is very rude. Also they refused to accept the gift card which I received only last month, saying its outdated and they have right to refuse it. Unbelievable.
Roasted Spices Give Vibrant Flavor to Indian Dishes – The Scene
Ladies who lunch, foodies and wine connoisseurs taking advantage of the BYOB policy with no corkage fee are drawn out west for the highly regarded Indian cuisine and gracious service. At dinner, soft lights, soothing Indian artwork and private linen-dressed tables create an atmosphere conducive to lingering.
India is known for its collection of regional spices, several of them aromatic that add layers of flavor to the food being prepared. It’s no longer a secret that each dish tastes great if spices are ground in small batches as Nirvana chef devotedly does each day.
Chef Nadeem Rahmat, a native of Hyderabad takes great care in the selection and purchasing of fresh whole spices. Spices are taken in small batches, ground individually and slow roasted in a cast iron skillet over an open flame. The roasting releases the oils and essences of each spice. Spices are then ground from a coarse to a fine texture as needed to blend in with the meats, poultry and seafood dishes being cooked.
Nirvana’s mostly traditional menu focuses on deftly prepared dishes. Three new and unique dishes are the Goat Bukhara – succulent chunks of goat meat immersed in rich brown gravy with apricots. The Moghlai chicken reminiscent of the Moghul empire featuring moderately a spicy gravy made with cashews, almonds ground into a rich, thick paste, then seasoned with fried onions, yogurt and kewra water essence, based in a rich tomato and cream sauce. Lastly, the Chicken Madras – chicken pieces flavored in Madras curry powder, coconut milk, flavored with fried curry leaves and mustard.
Always fresh, the Monday lunch and dinner buffet features 16 varietal dishes accompanied by a mini salad bar and a dessert bar. The restaurant’s manager, Monsur Alam, monitors the buffet line constantly keeping it restocked, and often informing diners that the Chicken Tikka Masala on the way or fresh Naan will be coming to their table. The buffet offers diners mild to medium spicy dishes. The a la carte menu can be customized to suit each diner’s taste from moderate to very spicy. Buffet dishes are new each day. The buffet features some classical Indian dishes – Tandoori chicken, Shrimp Jalfrezi, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Vindaloo, Mutton Rogan Josh, Aloo Bhajia, (potato vegetable), Chana Masala, (Chickpeas in spicy gravy), Khadi – dumplings in yogurt sauce, Sag Paneer (spinach with cottage cheese cubes), and Vegetable Pulao. Nirvana also features an array of excellent grilled thoroughfare – Fish tikka (flavored fish pieces), Gosht boti kabab, Murgh Malai (skewered cubes of chicken cooked in a tandoor oven, featured in a creamy sauce), and Sarson ki chaamp (lamb pieces with mustard leaves).
Nirvana offers an excellent variety of vegetarian dishes as my wife can attest. Chef Nadeem explained to us one evening that his focus is on keeping each vegetable dish unique by not overdoing it. We noted that a variety of vegetables are used to make delicious appetizers and starters like samosas, mixed vegetable pakoras, and salads. The chicken and seafood appetizers as well as a variety of stuffed parathas are always in demand by everyone whenever we dine at Nirvana.
We appreciate the service which is consistently excellent and always attentive. The nan bread is always brought to the table fresh instead of being allowed to become soggy on the steam table.
On Friday nights Nirvana features live music – the solo sitar by Aaron Hermes, an artist who has classical training from India, sometimes accompanied by a flutist or tabla player.
The evening ambiance at Nirvana is perfect for casual dining in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is decorated with modern, flowing lines and rich, sensual colors. The restaurant offers a large friendly patio offering diners a place to relax and enjoy an outdoor table during those rare times when Houston experiences a pleasantly cool evening.
blah – I had the buffet, quite limited but priced alright, and got to sample some of the most bland Indian dishes in the world. Everything is a uniform gooey orangish red and pretty unamazing. The food's not terrible, but I could whip up better tasting curries than this restaurant. And don't even get me started on the desserts. We Indians are all born with a sweet tooth. In fact, we have 'sweet stores' on every corner back in India. The desserts at Nirvana were a disgrace. Just drive to Harwin the next time you crave for Indian food.
Great Indian Food – My parents who live out in the country love to come in town and have some Indian food when visiting. This was the first time we had tried this restaurant and were pleasantly pleased. The service was great and food was delicious. It's in an easily accessible spot from highway I-10. We cannot wait to meet up there again.
PLEASE NOTE: They do not serve wine there which was dissapointing after a long day at work but they do offer BYOW service. There is an HEB right across the street and a nice wine store a few stores down to pick up a bottle before going to eat.
Bland food, place to avoid – Its the most bland tasting Indian food ever in all of Houston.
Where is all the spice in the "Fresh spices "that is being touted as a speciality of Nirvana.The owners need to rethink about drawing the line between mellowing down a dish vs tampering with the actual taste before putting it down on the menu .
It is not even worth trying ,even if one is a diehard indian food fan.
Save the trip and the money for restaurants around Hillcroft Avenue.They serve better tasting ,sumptuous food that can be called Indian, than this place.
Excellent food - Went for lunch – I want to lunch with a coworker since I work in the energy corridor and had the buffett. Tried almost everything on the buffett and loved it. Their chicken marsala was my favorite and the naan was placed on the table immediately. Dipping sauces were excellent...try the chicken marsala in the green sauce. Out of this world. For $12, the food was excellent...I'll definitely come back. My tea was refilled everytime I looked up. I walked away full and satisfied.
Best indian so far... – This is the best indian food II've eaten at so far. I must say the chicken tiki marsala is the best that I've tryed.
thanks for all of the wonderful meals.
worst indian restaurant ever – Oh my god....this is the worst Indian restaurant ever...food is soo steal, on top of it its soooo expensive. I donot understand how come this guy is still in business? If you ask me, never ever go to this place.
Excellent ... Yummy.... Don't Miss! – I have eaten at nearly every Indian restaurant in the Houston area. Nirvana is one of the two Indian food restaurants that I return to over, and over, and over. I order so much from Nirvana that when I call, the staff know me -- and my order -- by heart. It has all of the charm of a local neighborhood establishment with the quality of an "uptown" eatery. The owner and staff are helpful (if you don't know what to order or want to try something new, they're great at assisting you in making a choice). The food is excellent. The restaurant can be crowded at lunch, so try them at dinner if you want some personal attention. Also, consider their Monday night buffet if you're trying them for the first time - it's a great way to try a variety of things at one time. I highly recommend Nirvana!
Worest food EVER! Save your Money – I ordered dinner for four persons from this nirvana after finding their adds on our door. It cost me a lot to try their bad food. I have to be honest and say that I got the best bread ever and the worest rest of food ever. I may advice them to turn it into bakery, For four persons, It cost around $90 and I got very bad food. they sent one spoon of salad per person. If you go to red lobster or Olive Garden, you would bay much less for many sides or lots of tasty food.
I am sad for two reasons, one is for not having a good dinner that met any expectations, second because for paying big money for that horrible bad food that definitly went to the trash as no one wanted it.
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