The Bayou City is a foodie’s paradise, so much that it serves as a tourist attraction within itself.
While there's countless options to choose for a Houston transplant or the weekend visitor, overlooked restaurants are among the best in the city. With no surprise, mainstream acclaim and high notoriety spots make it to many "best restaurant" list, but what about the neighborhood eatery serving authentic cuisine and one-of-a-kind cocktails? These are the unique entities cultivating culture and character in one of the nation’s most diverse cities, and Nirmanz Food Boutique is on that list.
Tucked away in Sugar Land, the authentic Indian concept serves many of the culinary styles you'd find in India – even down to the street food. Nirmanz boasts one of “the largest Indian menus in Houston.” According to General Manager Manushi Shah, and daughter to the chef, Nirmanz Food Boutique offers a variety of fusion-Indian cuisines including Indo-Chinese, Indian fast-food, and Punjabi fare.
Named after the family's patriarch Nirman Shah, the restaurant is a tribute to the his work over the years. The chef is no stranger to the restaurant business, as he was Chief Chef at the famous Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur, India. From there, he moved to New Jersey with his family, where he then started his journey as an entrepreneur. Shah went on to create restaurants that followed the themes of his home country; including influences from places like Bollywood and Mumbai. Once he relocated his family to Texas Shah attempted to open different concepts, but found success when developing Nirmanz.
"We launched the Nirmanz project within the last five years. This restaurant is the foundation of everything, it’s all of my father’s best work," Manushi tells Houstonia.
Despite the fact that the family now resides on American land, she details that her father remains an Indian chef and wants to bring the best of India to the table.
Customer favorites include the Nirmanz’s Mango Lassi, made with homemade yogurt, which serves as the perfect accompaniment to spicy dishes like the Pav Bhaji and the Samosa Pav. Not only will customers get to enjoy the different tastes of India, but reel in the restaurant's interior design – taking guest on a journey to Bollywood. The space is completed with vintage car parts shipped from India, and graffiti art making for a vibrant and inviting diner.
The real secret ingredient at this family-owned restaurant? Staying true to their roots. Nirmanz’s familial concept only wants to provide their customers with the best, and their loyal customers are the proof. Upon entering, you’re greeted with a warm embrace from one of the family employees.
“Family is everything to us. Our family time looks different than other families. Our family time is typically when we’re together at work,” Manushi says laughingly.
Nirmanz Food Boutique, 16338 Kensington Drive, Suite 160, 77479 Sugar Land. For more information on Nirmanz, visit their website.