“My son is here; I’m here; one of my son-in-laws is here at work; my nephew is here; sometimes my daughter-in-law helps us,” he said.
A native of India, Singh said he has been operating restaurants for 31 years, 12 of which have been in the Nashville area. He previously had restaurants in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
House of India has been open since November 2013 in the space formerly home to Spice of India.
“We were talking to the owner who owns this place—Spice of India, the Indian grocery store,” he said. “One time he came to our restaurant there, and I asked him if he had some nice locations in that area, and he said, ‘Why don’t you take my place?’”
The restaurant serves up popular Indian fare, including chicken tikka, aloo gobhi, vegetarian dishes, curries and seafood. Singh said some dishes are cooked in a special clay oven—called a tandoor—which is charcoal-fired and cylindrical. There are also a variety of customer favorites, such as chicken or lamb tikka, tandoori chicken and gulab jamun—which are pastries flavored with honey.
“People are very smart,” Singh said. “They try one or another one, especially at the lunch buffet, and they will figure out what is the best.”
Singh said the lunch buffet is quite popular, especially with the crowds from local offices seeking a quick meal before heading back to work. Many are business travelers, he said.
“Every day, we get people from all over the world, nationwide,” Singh said. “People call from Maine and say, ‘Can you give me a $100 gift certificate and mail it to this place?’”
The eatery has won multiple awards throughout the years, including a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. Singh said he believes the recognition is due to the family atmosphere.
“We are the family business,” he said. “We always take care of the guest; and the food quality is the best of all.”
House of India
9100 Carothers Parkway, Ste. 105, Franklin
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.