Whats Eric Eating
What's Eric Eating Episode 54

Houston restaurateur recounts Bourdain experience for first time, plus the dish on the latest openings

Houston restaurateur recounts Bourdain experience, plus hot openings

Kaiser Lashkari Himalaya
Himalaya's Kaiser Lashkari is this week's guest on What's Eric Eating.  Photo by Eric Sandler
East Hampton Sandwich Co.
East Hampton Sandwich Co is a restaurant of the week. East Hampton Sandwich Co./Facebook
Himalaya fried chicken
Lashkari credits Sandler for helping inspire him to make fried chicken. Photo by Eric Sandler
Kulture restaurant
Kulture is a restaurant of the week. Kulture Restaurant/Facebook
Edouardo Jordan JuneBaby Seattle
Edouardo Jordan is coming to Southern Smoke. Courtesy of Edouardo Jordan
Kaiser Lashkari Himalaya
East Hampton Sandwich Co.
Himalaya fried chicken
Kulture restaurant
Edouardo Jordan JuneBaby Seattle

On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Himalaya owner Kaiser Lashkari joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss his critically acclaimed Indo-Pak restaurant. The chef explains how he got into cooking as well as the career path that led him to open Himalaya in 2004.

Himalaya is one of only two local restaurants featured in the Houston episode of the CNN series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. For the first time, Lashkari explains how the show chose to film at his restaurant. (The podcast was taped just days before news on June 8 that Bourdain passed away of an apparent suicide.)

"I will tell you the the secret today, since you asked me," Lashkari says. "I asked the gentleman who was the first point of contact with the show. I said, 'why did you pick us?' He said that he picked this restaurant in particular, because this restaurant had the best reviews and the worst reviews. It was, like, there is a group that hates the ground he walks on, and there is a group that almost worships him. They love him or they hate him. That piqued his curiosity about Himalaya and made him try it."

Lashkari addresses a variety of other topics, including why he's not as worried about competing with other restaurants as he used to be, whether people should take his periodic threats to retire seriously, and what it's like to work alongside his wife Azra every day. Of course, the interview ends with the lightning round.

Prior to Lashkari joining the show, Sandler and Urban Swank blogger Felice Sloan discuss the news of the week. Their topics include the passing of legendary restaurateur Ella Brennan, the exciting lineup for this year's edition of Southern Smoke, and chef Richard Knight's recent departure from Harold's in the Heights. In the restaurants of week segement, they share their experiences at Kulture, the new concept from The Breakfast Klub owner Marcus Davis, and East Hampton Sandwich Co., the recently-opened Dallas-based sandwich shop. 

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