There are days when we don’t feel like cooking but would still like to eat at home and not out. Of course, depending on your taste and what you want to eat, there will be many places you can go to get your take-out meal.
But if you are looking for something that will taste as good as in a restaurant and if like many on the island you like Indian food, then there is only one place to go to House of India, in Hamilton, is the most authentic Indian restaurant and the only one in Bermuda with Indian chefs.
It is not only a great restaurant, but it was voted number one in 2011 in the category Tasty Take-Out of the Best of Bermuda Awards organised by The Bermudian.
The restaurant is so successful that even after a renovation that has doubled its seating capacity, it is regularly fully booked.
But as the take-out menu is outstanding, anyone can still have some House of India food for lunch or dinner. Located in North Street, House of India is not exactly in the city centre but it is only a 10-minute walk from there or just a short cab ride. It was originally opened in 1995 as a simple grocery store and take-out by Ashok Uppal for the Indian population of Bermuda. But the demand for his food became rapidly important and in 1998, he decided to focus his efforts on the cuisine and closed the grocery part.
For many, the House of India makes the best Chicken Tikka Masala ever tasted. Because it is a real Indian restaurant and that the chefs are Indian too, the food is as authentic as it can be. Those who think they can take on spicy food should definitely try the chicken chettinad, a fiery and spicy curry; hotter than the classic vindaloo, or the chicken jalfrezi. On the other hand, those who want a dish less spicy can choose the tandoori chicken simmered in yoghurt.
The menu of the House of India is impressive and there is something for every taste and dietary needs. In fact, every dish, except bread and pastries, are free of gluten and wheat. There are also vegetarian options available.
Of course, House of India is not only a take-out, it is a full restaurant with lunch served Monday to Friday between 11:30am and 2:30pm, and dinner served everyday between 5:30 and 10pm. The lunch is a buffet with a menu changed every day. For $20, it is more than worth every penny and is very popular. It is recommended to make reservation for dinner, especially during the summer months.
Starters and appetisers include vegetarian samosas, deep-fried onion Bhajiya, and pappadoms. Amongst the favourite dishes served at House of India we find the lamb mass, pieces of lamb simmered in spices; the beef rogan josh, an Indian beef curry with many spices, yoghurt and tomatoes; and various Balti dishes that British visitors are very fond of. A lassi is ideal to wash off all the heat and they are available in different flavours. The naan breads are made and cooked in the restaurant too.
The décor also is authentic with Indian paintings on the wall and wood carvings on the seats, while there are tapestries hanging from the ceiling.
There has been a lot of heat about the House of India on the travel site Trip Advisor.
One reviewer said:
I just finished dinner at The House of India. The food and service is very good.
Another member of the community said:
Great Indian food, the best in Bermuda. Great for takeout. Restaurant has a lovely atmosphere.
A further reviewer said:
One of the best restuarants in Bermuda!!!
Another reviewer stated:
it is truly a gem among Bermudian eateries. The food is very good and each day there is a buffet lunch with several vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices.
A further review said:
Bermuda’s best Indian food.
House of India, Bermuda –
58 North Street,
Tel: (441) 295–6450
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