This experience has led me to highlight a restaurant in Houston that puts brown rice on the menu: Masala Wok. For each curry dish there are two options for the same price: (1) white rice plus naan, or (2) brown rice with no naan. The easy way to think about this is (1) more food, or (2) less food. Fair enough. (Read on!)
The owner of another restaurant acknowledged brown rice is better (he himself was on a health kick to lose weight and bring his cholesterol down), but said his establishment doesn't offer brown rice because only non-Indians ask for it, and the small number of requests won't justify the added cost and inconvenience of preparing both brown and white rice. Well, I agree restaurants must do what they need to stay in business. But I have a hard time believing that offering brown rice as a 2nd option is bad for business.
After all, Masala Wok has figured it out. Yes, there is a cost to offer a healthy option. But customer demand for healthier options is there (if not yet, it will be there soon and growing), and the cost is willingly borne by some of us customers. This place was just genius to figure it out.
Well, if you the reader know an Indian/South Asian restaurant that offers brown rice on the menu, whether you're in California or New York, London, Sydney or even Mumbai, let us know! You can email me at email@example.com or leave your comment here. Thanks!