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Mar 082011
 



We won’t stand any of you schmucks referring to House of India on Snowden River Pkwy in Columbia, MD as a mere Indian restaurant.

No, folks. Most definitely, no.

Au contraire, House of India is a shrine to India cuisine.

A temple so beautiful that we swooned under the spell of its delicious offerings.

At a time when most Indian restaurants in the U.S. serve trashy food unworthy of being flung at mongrels, we give thanks to God for House of India.

Were JFK alive today, the lecherous prick would have in all likelihood exhorted y’all thus:

Ask not what you can eat at House of India. Ask how much you can eat at House of India. ;)

House of India Chicken BiryaniChicken Biryani, Dal & Tandoori Chicken

From the nonpareil Tandoori Chicken to the creamy Mutter Paneer to the sui generis Chicken Tikka Masala, House of India’s offerings are a treat not merely for the taste buds but for all your senses.

Rarely have we encountered such an embarras de richesse in Indian food. And that too, all at one place.

Even the humble Yellow Dal with its tomato and cilantro seasoning turned out to be a delight here. What a surprise since Dal invariably gets short shrift at 99% of Indian restaurants here

Were the Gods smiling on us? Perhaps!

Chicken Tikka MasalaChutneys, Chicken Tikka Masala,
Pakora & Chicken Kabab

If we were asked to pick our favorites among the several fine items, we’d unhesitatingly point to the creamy Mutter Paneer, the succulent Tandoori Chicken, flavorful Goat Curry and the out of this world Chicken Tikka Masala.

Forget mortals. Each of them was a dish fit for the Gods.

Chicken Tikka Masala is often an Orangish nightmare at other places. Not so here.

Pour a few spoons of the Chicken Tikka Masala with its nice thick gravy on a heap of rice, and if you don’t immediately get on a mighty high after the first fork-full then something is wrong with you. Seriously wrong.

With a slightly smoky aroma, Tandoori Chicken was a well-marinated treat while Goat Curry with its nice smell and nicer taste in a slightly oily gravy kept us in a joyous mood.

Channa MasalaChanna Masala, Mutter Paneer, Alu Gobi, Dal

On the vegetarian side, it was the Mutter Paneer that captured our imagination. A rich creamy delight, it was an extravaganza without parallel. Never have we had such a fine Mutter Paneer. We tried it with Naan bread and, well, bliss was it in that “dawn to be alive.”

Channa Masala gave no cause for complaint. Palak and Alu Gobi dishes could definitely have used more chillies but still the chef had weaved his magic into these items as well.

One of the few disappointments of our meal, but not a big letdown, was the Chicken Biryani. Compared to the other dishes, it was merely alright and lacked the strong, powerful flavor and aroma that this popular Indian dish comes with.

Goat CurryGoat Curry, Naan Bread, Mutter Paneer

The interesting thing about House of India was that none of the items were what we’d call very spicy but still extremely flavorful. That’s a hard trick to accomplish.

One reason, House of India was perhaps being careful with the heat was because it attracts a lot of non-Indian diners. During our visit, the majority of patrons were non-Indians with their effete, pussified palates.

Seventh Heaven at House of India

With food so good, is it any surprise that by now we were etre au septième ciel.

House of India’s delicious fare is obviously a testament to the high quality of its kitchen staff.

By the way, how much ever you eat at House of India just be sure to leave enough room for desserts.

DessertsRice Kheer, Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun
(with Mutter Paneer
)

Fine Desserts

We ended our meal with three popular Indian desserts – Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai and Rice Kheer.

In a hot sugar syrup, the soft Gulab Jamun was divine. Rasmalai in a milk solution and Rice Kheer were not heavenly but good enough for mortals like yours truly. Kheer was slightly short of sugar but still flavorful.

House of India Service – Mixed Bag

While some aspects of the service found favor with us, others irritated us.

The tall fair waiter did not get us extra napkins despite our asking for them and waiting for five minutes. Chutiya, you don’t deserve the job there. The short dark desi guy and the Hispanic waitress made up for it with their polite and pleasing attitude.

Also, one of the dining plates had a couple of black spots.

For all those passionate about Indian food and living in a 60-mile radius of Columbia (MD), not to dine at House of India would be a cardinal sin.

At $11.95 (week days), the lunch buffet is superb value for money.

Your favorite blog SearchIndia.com strongly recommends House of India.

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  4 Responses to “House of India Columbia (MD) – A Sin Not to Eat Here”

  1. After reading this review, I visited House of India.

    You guys were either lucky or mighty high to have enjoyed the food there.

    Our experience was the worst. Almost all the food in the buffet were salty.

    When I ordered Kingfisher, the waiter came empty handed to our table after ten minutes asking if we need chilled or non-chilled Kingfisher? This stupidity alone should have given us an hint that this place will suck ass.

    Biryani was nothing but a gravy lazily mixed in basmati rice. Bhel Puri was so sour that we had to squint on every spoon. No fish in fish curry. Kadi and Chicken masala was again abundantly salty. Bland dal. Broken gulab jamuns. There were no dessert cups even after requesting multiple times.

    Overall, a very bad experience there and I don’t think we will visit that place again.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Maybe the ownership has changed. Or the chef has changed.

    Or maybe they were in mourning.

    Who can fathom why an Indian restaurant is inconsistent.

    Or maybe you’re just not used to good food! ;)

    • Indian buffets are always more salty than usual and it is delibrately done.

      Eating salty food increases the need to drink water.

      Drinking water will fill your stomach and leave less room to hog.

      That is why dessert are kept in small quantity in buffets. Most people either skip dessert or have very little.

      That is also why waiters busily walk around with water jugs and promptly fill your glass at buffets but don’t give a $#it at other times of the day.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You forgot the bit about how they pressure you to have the crappy, ice-filled Lassi the moment you squat.

      • Most places I go don’t offer even that crappy lassi.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        Surprising.

        Over 80% of Indian buffets we’ve been to try to force Lassi down our throats because that’s an extra $4 or $5 per person on the check.

        • Ah! I was thinking they offered Lassi along with the buffet.

          You are correct. They try to sell you that delousing crap.

          The best Mango Lassi I have ever had is at the Lemont Rama temple. Light. Smooth. Fresh.

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          Haven’t had a Lassi in ages.

          My new drink favorite is the Taro Smoothie, available in Chinatown NYC.

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