Tarka Indian Kitchen -fresh, quick, delicious Indian food.

I cannot lie, I haven’t always had a love for Indian food. However, it is something that has recently been added into my life and with that my devotion to Tarka has begun.


Tarka Indian Kitchen


Tarka is a technique where spices are added to very hot oil. And as you can imagine, Indian food is all about the spices coming together for that rich flavorous food.

Tarka is sister to Austin’s fine dining downtown Indian Restaurant Clay Pit, and has three locations in Austin: North, South and Round Rock which is where the picture below was taken. It is located in the Ikea shopping center at 201 University Blvd Round Rock, TX 78665. So should you find yourself near Ikea, make it a point to stop at Tarka

Tarka almost reminds me of Chipotle for Indian food in Austin, as it is fresh, quick and delicious food that you can dine in or pick up to go. Because of their relationship to Clay Pit it is a name known around town for having great quality Indian food. And with the three locations in prime Austin areas, it is easy to see why I find myself and others craving Tarka all the time.



Now I’ve already explained I am new to Indian food, so I think it is fair to say if you are like me and haven’t really found a great place for Indian, you should try Tarka. It has mild options on their menu like Chicken Kabob, but also offers Currie favorites if you are an Indian cuisine addict.

They also offer wine and beer so it is a perfect spot for a casual but delicious date spot. And if you are in the mood for a traditional Indian yogurt drink, you should try a Freshly Whipped Lassis in flavors like Mango, Pineapple, Guava and Mixed Berry.




Tarka is perfect because like I mentioned above, it is perfect for everyone. It is one of our favorite places to go to with another couple friend of ours who happens to be really into Indian food. They are able to get their tried and true favorites like Paneer Korma and Lamb Vindaloo while I can enjoy my Kabob and Tikka Masala.




The restaurant is open and clean and offers a yellowish hue lighting for you to dine inside. It’s a quiet laid back atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy their tasty meal. You can bring a large group, your family, or even come here for a quiet lunch alone.




The food speaks for itself at Tarka. The restaurant is a quirky unassuming storefront hiding delicious indian food inside. The menu offers spices ranging in mild to hot and everything in between. And I love their personality infused in their order cards, which feature Indian Trivia like the card shown. “Indian sage Patanjali is often referred to as the founder of yoga. His works, the Yoga Sutras, date back to around 200 B.C.”




My go to meal (for two) is to split a chicken kabob and a chicken tikka masala with freshly prepared basmati rice. And we can never forget about the naan bread to scoop up the food. The flavors remind me so much of comfort it is overwhelming– in a good way!

I think I am falling in love with Tarka and really Indian food because of the similarity to middle eastern food, which I grew up on. I love the use of fresh vegetables and spices mixed with the steamed rice, and my mouth is drooling now just thinking of this meal.

If you enjoy Indian food or are just looking to try a new local restaurant. You can’t go wrong with a dine at Tarka!  Tell them Dine With Shayda sent you and let me know what you liked @dinewithshayda

Shayda Torabi

Tarka Indian Kitchen

Tarka Indian Kitchen

Indian, Gluten-free

“Dine With Shayda Reviews Tarka Indian Kitchen.  A fresh, quick and delicious food that you can dine in or pick up to go.The food speaks for itself at Tarka.