chicken tikka masala
We were spoiled in Houston. The Hillcroft area offered endless authentic Indian food and even the random little Indian restaurants around town were pretty darn good. Just down the street from our apartment, there was a great little place to pick up take out.
We didn’t realize just how much we would miss that little local spot when we moved to San Antonio. While there are several options around town, none are quite close enough or yummy enough to measure up to the memory of Houston Indian food.
Enter Tärka, a new casual Indian restaurant somewhat reminiscent of Pei Wei.
I have been missing authentic Indian food since we moved here. None of the restaurants we’ve visited (Bombay Hall, India Palace, Mela) have hit the spot. After months of asking around, I’ve heard Mustafa come up over and over again. So, we took the opportunity to stop by for dinner. On the second floor of a building at Medical and and Fairhaven, Mustafa is a hidden gem. Without the word of mouth recommendations, we would have never heard about it. Sooo glad we did!
I first tried Indian food back in college, and since the first bite I have been addicted. J has been addicted since birth (he’s Indian.) Houston was a great city for such an addiction – so many choices… India’s, Bombay Brasserie, and then the new trendy ones like Pondicheri (the restaurant that provided the delicious cardamom cookies for our wedding).
The choices do not abound here in San Antonio. My first Indian dining first experience was the dinner buffet at Bombay Hall, a restaurant that received the highest rating out of all of the Indian restaurants in town. Given this, and my lack of enthusiasm, I had all but given up on the Indian food in San Antonio. Continue reading