An Irish pub that serves Indian food with Thai condiments and plays German metal. Has the world gone mad? Yes, most likely, but that's no valid excuse not to try Indian Tikka House.
Hey hey, order in the court, now. I've never seen a place called Indian Tikka House, can you explain what it is? Yes, I can. It's simply a special section of the menu at Irish pub Paddy Whelan's, containing Indian food prepared (or so they say) by Indian chefs. I think at some point that they even claimed to cook the best Indian food in Riga, but I can't remember where I saw that, so I'll simply review them for that they are - an Irish pub with Indian food.
As such, they are bla bla bla. Nope, this is not gonna be another one of those ”as such...” reviews. Indian Tikka House serves pretty good Indian food, period. Admittedly, their menu isn't huge. A handful of starters, a handful of main dishes (with your meat of choice, vegetarian alternatives are also available) and Indian, hrm, pizza. Yes. Too odd to try, I thought, but if anyone out there has tried it, please leave a comment below and give us your thoughts.
”IT'S A bit like pouring armani code in your favorite single malt”
However, if the food is good enough, you won't really need a huge menu. And yes, Indian Tikka House's dishes mostly live up to my rather high standards. The Madras and the Vindaloo are genuine and rich in flavor, although especially the Vindaloo should be a bit more murderous on your tongue. On the more gentle side of the menu, the Chicken Tikka Masala is also rather satisfying. The Butter Chicken Tikka Makhani (which is new to me) has a somewhat fusionish touch to it, and is probably the least appealing dish to me out of the four that I tried. On the side order side, the Naan is okay, but not great. The only disappointment so far is the Chicken Pakora (starter). Nothing wrong with this deep-fried chicken, but the mint dipping sauce is quite thin-tasting and, worst of all, why the hell do they serve Thai sweet chili sauce as the second dipping sauce? It doesn't go together with the chicken and it's a completely different cuisine. It's a bit like pouring Armani Code in your favorite single malt, because ”they both smell so nice!”
With the sad demise of Spicy Affair (which I still mourn on a weekly basis), you are left with only a few options if you're in Riga and you wanna go out for Indian. I'd say that mid-priced Indian Tikka House is one of the better choices. It's not exactly spectacular, but satisfying enough and you will still have some beer money left when you're finished dining.