This is Loni Ahmed, co-owner of the new Buffalo Tikka House Restaurant. I met him this evening when I went in for the first time. Incredibly they opened their business while that end of the street is being replaced and will be closed to vehicles for weeks if not months and foot traffic is at a trickle. A personable but busy fellow, Loni told me that despite the construction outside business has been good but he hopes it to be better. He has been in Buffalo for 12 years, he also told me, and that before that he worked in the best Indian restaurant in NYC for 15 years. His experience shows in their food...it was delicious. On my first visit I ordered a simple plate of saag paneer (spinach and cheese) with basmati rice and naan bread. It was like eating Indian food from a very high end restaurant but produced in this small cafe. The saag was so incredibly buttery with just a hint of spiciness and made a great accompaniment to the incredibly fragrant basmati rice. The naan was soft and chewy and obviously just made. This was my first time to this tiny restaurant but I will be back. Welcome to the neighborhood Loni!
Here is a link to their FaceBook Page, and Here is a Link to their website.