I had an Indian food baby a few days ago. Oh, it was wonderful.
I love Indian food. I’d eat it everyday if I could. So when Andy suggested we go out to dinner, House of India was my first choice. Located on Delmar Blvd, it’s pretty much a St. Louis institution.
For me, House of India is the standard by which all other Indian restaurants are judged. Yes, it’s that serious.
Let’s get right to it. We were seated immediately and presented with this:
Pappadum accompanied by mint chutney and some other sort of spicy chutney. Think of pappadum as the chips and salsa or bread basket of the Indian culinary world. It’s offered at most good Indian places. Honestly, I’m not a fan of pappadum (it tastes like cardboard to me), but I still manage to scarf it down every time. Maybe I’m just hoping that one day my mind will be changed. So far, it hasn’t happened.
I also have an obsession with chai, so when I saw it on the menu, I had to order it.
It looks like coffee! It was flavorful, and a bit spicy. I loved it! So creamy.
We ordered a few appetizers. Vegetable Samosas:
and Paneer Pakora:
The vegetable samosas are described on the menu as “patties stuffed with lightly spiced potatoes and peas”. It was good, and I wish I would have taken a picture of the inside for you guys. I would have loved a different dipping sauce for these guys, but no dice. Just mint chutney or that other red stuff. Oh well.
The paneer pakora were described on the menu as “homemade cheese fried in chick pea batter”. Andy chose these, and I wasn’t impressed, honestly. Way too dry for me!
I ordered the Chicken Vindaloo. It’s one of my favorite Indian dishes, and was described on the menu as “Boneless chicken and potatoes in a hot tangy curry sauce”.
One thing I’ve discovered during my time as a food blogger is that there’s really no way to make Indian food look appetizing on camera. You just have to trust that it’ll taste good, even though it doesn’t look too appetizing. Have faith, fellow foodies!
And yes, this was GOOD.
And you can’t have Indian food without naan!
Soft warm bread, perfect for scooping up mounds of food.
Our waiter was very pleasant and efficient. He kept our glasses of water full, and checked our table frequently to see if we needed anything.
House of India, I love you so. I can’t wait to come back!
Food: 5 stars (out of five)
Ambiance: 4 stars
Service: 4 stars
Value: 4 stars