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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Counter service

Tue–Sat 9:00am–2:00am
Sun 9:00am–midnight

Features Veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx

Southwest Houston
10736 West Bellfort St.
(281) 988-9598
Sweet n Namkin/Salaam Namaste
Explore both the masculine and feminine sides of these lovely Indo-Pak twins

Sweet n Namkin and Salaam Namaste are side-by-side polar opposites. The former’s brightly colored, specializes in vegetarian chaat, and is overseen by a clucking motherly figure. The latter, on the other hand, sells a meaty menu, is colored in masculine darks, and offers pool tables, flatscreen TVs broadcasting cricket matches, and coin-operated massage chairs. The sibling places are linked by a swinging door, so one can freely order from either counter, sit in either dining area, and order either menu.

On the Sweet n Namkin side, the daily chaat specials rotate and present inexpensive, filling options. Get dahi puri to share; these are impressively constructed crispy shells filled with yogurt and chutney. The bhel puri is a riot of flavors and textures, and vegetarian sandwiches pop with hidden pomegranate seeds. Dhokla is baked into little muffins for easy service. The only weak link are pani puri—they’re perfectly acceptable until you compare them to the better executions here.

At Salaam Namaste, halal meats come redolent of spices, from kebabs to amazingly moist chicken to expert lamb chops. Fish katakat is like a relish that dances flavorfully on your tongue. Eat it up with some of the best naan in the city: warm, crisp, and fluffy at the same time. Afterward, soothe your excited senses with fresh juices and lassis from next door.

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