Welcome to the royal family, Houston. Amrina has opened in The Woodlands with class, worldly cuisine, and cocktails served from designer handbags.
The restaurant is the debut project from the newly formed Kahani Social Group; “Kahani” translates to “story” – more on that later. The group is headed by brothers Surpreet and Preet Paul Singh, whose background in hospitality consists of owning Crowne Plaza in The Woodlands, its accompanying restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, and other properties in the state.
For Amrina, a word meaning “princess” in Urdu, the group partnered named chef Japratap “Jassi” Bindra as its head, executive chef, and managing partner. Before coming to Houston, Bindra cooked at Punjab Grill, a highly acclaimed, incredibly luxurious restaurant in DC. As with the Singh brothers, Bindra is also invested in story, specifically, of a roving Indian princess.
“We are creating a modern princess who traveled all over the world,” said Bindra, “and now she is settling in The Woodlands.”
The 10,000-square-foot restaurant is located at 3 Waterway Square Place, Suite 100, in the affluent Woodlands suburbs. Of its many features will be a main dining room, 80-seat patio, cocktail lounge, 30-foot indoor-and-outdoor bar, 14-seat tapas bar, and chef’s table.
While Bindra states that the “soul” of Amrina will be Indian, its menu also features international influences accrued from the princess’s travels.
“The beauty of what we’re doing is that this is not exactly just an Indian restaurant,” said the Singhs in a joint statement.
“We are marrying a bunch of different influences, a lot of which have typically come from our ancestral backgrounds. That’s one of the reasons why we chose the name Amrina because it really goes much deeper than just Indian.”
On weekends, the restaurant will hosts various DJs and other live entertainment. Amrina is now open and is now taking reservations.