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“Great, authentic South Indian food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Shri Balaji Bhavan

Shri Balaji Bhavan
Ranked #905 of 8,142 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Television
Description: For over 20 years, we have been serving Houston the best South Indian food this city has to offer. We strive in making the freshest and most authentic South Indian food! For the past 4 years we have made the Houston Chronicle, Alison Cook's Houston's Top 100 restaurants, and for 2016 the Houston Press named us as the best Indian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Have you had your Dosa yet? No? Don't wait, come in and dine with us today!!!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great, authentic South Indian food!”
Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

When at the Galleria, we starting searching Trip Advisor for an Indian Restaurant. We found this one and can't say enough about the food. My husband and three family members new to Houston ( all originally from South India) and I really enjoyed the authentic food. The restaurant is very casual; you order at the counter, pay and they deliver the food to your table. Everything was freshly prepared and appropriately spicy. Most of the folks at the restaurant were Indian which is always a good sign. This is a locally owned restaurant with great management and a great cook in the kitchen. Our family that we went with said this was the best Indian food they have had since moving to Houston 8 months ago! If the food is too spicy, just request some yogurts which will cool down the spices. Relax and enjoy!

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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good Food!!”
Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Food was good but missed the spice and the crispness in the food. The food was average and good to eat and have an healthy lunch / dinner.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Very Spicy Food, Dosa alone is good, be prepared to STAND”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

They serve serve Indian vegetarian food. So it is not like eating vegetarian food in a non-vegetarian restaurant (where one never knows if oil is mixed up, or utensils, are mixed up etc.) I am not sure if it is south indian or north or combo but the food is spicy (that is if you tell them - low spice). This is a small place with a lot of crowd. So, you should have the patience to wait. You first stand in a queue and buy the food you want. You can order say 7 dishes. Then you are given a token. You take that token and look for a table to sit. Usually in about 10 minutes you will get one. It is ok to stand next to a table when people are eating. There is no choice. You will get used to it, so will they :-). Then you wait for the person to come in and clean. Another 5 - 10 minutes. Then you have to get your own water and glasses and spoons from a place which is not all that clean. And then you will hear your token number being called out. Hooray your food is finally ready.. no that was for the dessert. Oh oh.. you are NOT going to get all your food in one shot. It will come as they prepare it. So if u go as a family, you are screwed. If u go just for a dosa it is ok. all dosa's will most likely come in one shot.

  • Visited October 2013
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Houston, Texas
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80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good vegetarian but slow service”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Great South Indian food. Good masala dosa. They also have a good combination plate. Reasonably price. But expect long waits

  • Visited September 2013
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“Best Dosa in houston currently!”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

The dosas here are just superb!!
In fact, anything we eat here has always tasted excellent.
The place is so busy throughout the day. Once we reached at 9Pm; and they were literally running out of food.!!

Superb food. If you want a hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant, then this is it!!

  • Visited June 2013
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