India House: A Family Tradition

India House join the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival for the first time this summer, bringing a new style to the food offered this year.  The restaurant has two popular locations at 998 S.Clinton Ave in Rochester and 7343 Route 96 in Victor, as well as a grocery and imports store at 999 S.Clinton Ave.  We talked with owner Amit Sud about the restaurant’s history, specialties, and plans for the upcoming festival.

The restaurant was established by Amit’s family in 1984.  His family started the business in the Park Avenue area of Rochester with the hopes of bringing new food and a stronger presence of Indian culture to the city.  The India House restaurants specialize in traditional Indian dishes focusing around chicken, lamb, vegetarian, sea food, beef meals, and freshly baked bread from their clay ovens.

“The goal was to bring an Indian cuisine presence to upstate New York and share the Indian culture with the area.”
Between the restaurant’s two locations and their imports store, the Sud family offers spices, gifts, canned goods, ready-to-eat foods, beverages, health and beauty supplies, natural herbs and medicines and more.  With this extensive list, the Sud family has certainly accomplished their goal of sharing Indian culture in our area.

Stop by India House’s booth in the food vendor area near the Commons Stage on Main Street at the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival between July 13 and 15.  Amit says that festival goers can expect a large array of fine Indian cuisine, and that the food is “not spicy as a lot of people think!”  He explains that overall, Indian food is very flavorful, and can be prepared without a lot of heat, depending on preference.

You can visit India house at either restaurant: 998 S.Clinton Ave in Rochester or 7343 Route 96 Victor, or stop by their grocery store at 999 S.Clinton Ave.  View their menu on their website for an idea of their cuisine and what to expect from their booth at the festival.