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Tarka Indian Kitchen Brings Fast-Casual South Asian Cuisine to the Heights

The Austin-based chain is making moves

Tarka Indian Kitchen in Austin
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The Heights will have a brand new option for Indian cuisine when Austin-based restaurant Tarka Indian Kitchen makes its debut next month.

A representative for the restaurant tells Eater that the first Houston outpost of Tarka Indian Kitchen will open at 19th & Shepherd in the coming days. Construction is almost completed on the space, which will feature a hand-painted mandala mural and walls painted in bright red and yellow hues.

According to Eater Austin, Tarka serves up quality fast-casual fare, including curries, chaat, and kabobs. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will also be on offer, like paneer in coconut sauce served over steamed basmati rice. For sopping up all those spicy sauces, naan and roti are baked daily on premises.

The Heights is just the first Houston outpost of Tarka Indian Kitchen in the works. In early fall, a second location will open at The Market at Springwoods Village. The chain currently operates five restaurants in Austin, Round Rock, and San Antonio.

Tarka Indian Kitchen expects to kick open the doors on June 14. The Spring location is set to arrive by September.