Exotic and Traditional

If you’re in the mood for something exotic and traditional, Himalaya is the place for you. Esteemed to be one of the best Pakistani and Indian restaurants in Houston, you are sure to enjoy this little gem. Serving traditional delicacy dishes from the Himalayan sub-continent, Chef Kaiser Lashkari uses only the best ingredients in his menu offerings. Everything is made fresh, daily from scratch. From chicken tikka masala and garlic naan, to lamb biryani and mango lassi, there is sure to be a dish for any palate. There is even a plethora of vegetarian and vegan options.

Come With an Open Mind and a Sense of Humor

Although the food is highly esteemed, the owner has been compared to the likes of the soup Nazi, a comedic character featured on the show “Seinfeld.” I suppose when you are that passionate about what you do, you simply do not have time to tolerate anything that irks you. This reputations hasn’t seemed to scare off the masses, as the restaurant has experienced a windfall of fabulous reviews, and even recognition for excellence in the Houston Press.

Casual Atmosphere

In accordance with the soup Nazi vibe, this restaurant offers a casual dining atmosphere. There is carry-out available, and even though the restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol, it does offer a nice BYOB (bring your own booze) policy. This allows you to bring in your favorite bottle of Shiraz and enjoy the rich culture of Himalaya without having to spend as much money. Himalaya offers lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, with some excellent lunch specials which range from all veggie to meat. Himalaya even caters, so the next time you want something fun, exotic, and truly quality at your event, they will be happy to make arrangements for you.

Be a Courteous Diner

It is typically the rude and demanding customer who find a negative outcome from that of the “Soup Nazi.” The service is not typical of that of a fine dining establishment, rather it is straight forward and to the point. Customers who tend to show a lack of dining etiquette, especially as it pertains to tipping, tend to experience the wrath of the “Soup-Nazi” in which he makes it known that servers are to be tipped 15%. Not to worry, he is mild in comparison to the Seinfeld character. He will never take your tikka masala from you and say “no food for you!” simply for ordering incorrectly. Showing common courtesy goes a long way here, as this restaurant is run by the culturally diverse, and one cannot expect this to coincide with American culture. If it did, the food would likely taste American as well, thus taking away from its exotic appeal. So if you want to experience the true culture and taste of the Himalayan sub-continent, venture into Himalaya. The people are authentic, and you are sure to have a great time, so long as you are respectful and courteous, treating others as you too would like to be treated.