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westlafoodguy Jun 21, 2006 04:12 PM

I was wondering what you guys thought the best indian buffet in the L.A area is. I enjoy a place close to my house on Pico in West L.A called Jaipur, but I was wondering if anybody knew any other places that had a high quality indian buffet doesn't have to be in West L.A, but the L.A metro area. Thanks

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    SpongeBobSquarePegs RE: westlafoodguy Jun 21, 2006 05:03 PM

    I like one in Marina Del Rey, I think it's called Shalamar. It's in the marketplace near the Tower Records/UA Theater (might be a GCC Theater).

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      Norm RE: SpongeBobSquarePegs Jun 21, 2006 05:11 PM

      The Indian restaurant in Marina Del Rey with the good buffet lunch ($8.95) is Shershah:

      Shersha
      Villa Marina Marketplace
      13444 Maxella Ave
      Marina Del Rey
      (310) 301-2477

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        JBC RE: Norm Jun 21, 2006 06:05 PM

        From their website:

        Lunch Buffet Style - Served Daily 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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        ALL YOU CAN EAT:

        Appetizers: Pokora, Samosa; Lamb Curry, Two Kinds of Meat Curry, Five Vegetables, Gulab Juman, Basmati Rice, Daal, Salad, Rice Pudding, Mango Pudding, Carrot Cake, Raita, Fruit Salad, Fresh Naan Bread
        $8.95 per person

        Saturday and Sunday Champagne Brunch

        All You can Eat and Drink
        Served 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
        $10.95

        Children Under 8 - Pay Half Price - No Take Outs - Children Under 4 No Charge

        Notice ~ Did they really mean you're entitled to ALL you can drink Champagne!?!?

        Even if the Vintner is Monsanto and it's On-Tap, that still a great deal for $10.95!

        Link: http://www.shershahcuisineofindia.com

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          wilafur RE: JBC Jun 21, 2006 06:28 PM

          oh, i am gonna check it out one of these weekends.

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        westsidegal RE: SpongeBobSquarePegs Jun 22, 2006 12:41 AM

        the place is called Shershah Cuisine Of India. it is located in marina del rey and is good

        shalimar is located in culver city and is awful

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        glutton RE: westlafoodguy Jun 21, 2006 08:06 PM

        I like the Indian buffet at Annapurna, which is in Culver City on Venice Blvd. Busy and therefore, fresh.

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          igj RE: glutton Jun 30, 2008 04:28 PM

          On the Westside, Annapurna Cuisine is probably the best Southern Indian-style buffet - not that there is actually a lot of competition in that specific niche. A few weeks ago we went for the weekend buffet and we were surprised--there were new dishes they didn't use to have and a noticeable jump in quality. We got to talking to one of the waiters about it and he said that Annapurna had recently hired a new chef. Hence, the new dishes.

          We went again last weekend and quality was still high. Among the approximately 10 or 12 things, they had a really nice avial; something called 'vegetable stew' that had potato, cauliflower, carrot and a creamy sauce; a comforting curd rice; and a great lentil payasam. Not many places have sweet lentil dishes - I didn't encounter that dish often even in my 4 months in Southern India.

          Two weeks ago, I went to Jay Bharat in Artesia and had a completely blow me away meal, plus killer sweets to take away. Annapurna is really not up to that level...but, for those on the Westside, it is 45 minutes closer to home. (I know comparing Jay Bharat's gujarati thali and Annapurna's southern specialties is an apples/oranges thing, but I was just comparing two recent meals lumped under the 'Indian' tag.)

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            Diana RE: igj Jul 1, 2008 11:29 AM

            Address of Jay B?

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              igj RE: Diana Jul 1, 2008 11:51 AM

              18701 Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia
              562.924.3310
              (parking in a small lot in the back)

              http://www.jaybharat.com/restaurant.php

              My GF and I had:
              -pani puri - totally delicious rendition
              -Kathiyawadi Thali
              -Gujarati Thai
              -some chocolate burfi and some saffron burfi - really quite nice, especially the chocolate burfi
              -chai - very peppery, but also a great wake-up drink

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          lanetechie RE: westlafoodguy Jun 30, 2008 03:36 PM

          I would have to agree with the others. Shershah is very good, especially for a buffet, and the service is wonderful. They treat you like family. Great naan.

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            LizaO RE: westlafoodguy Jun 30, 2008 03:49 PM

            Hello, this place might be a bit of a drive from West LA but I love this place.

            The India Restaurant
            17824 Pioneer Blvd
            Artesia, CA 90701

            http://www.theindiarestaurant.net/

            All along "Pioneer Blvd" is a whole India village area from markets to shops to bakery's to restaurants. A must for any Indian food lover!
            My boyfriend is from Europe and eats Indian food weekly... I took him here and he said it was just as good as home!

            Cheers!

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              Dogbite Williams RE: LizaO Jun 30, 2008 07:47 PM

              My brother and sister-in-law took me to this place. I thought the name was funny, but the buffet was terrific.

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                LizaO RE: Dogbite Williams Jul 1, 2008 10:13 AM

                I know, I thought the name was funny as well :D The Buffet is worth it! It was $8 now its $10 the naan is included

            2. Das Ubergeek RE: westlafoodguy Jun 30, 2008 03:54 PM

              Well, since we've resurrected the post, I'll throw in Haveli in Tustin -- lunch each day, and dinner T-W (other times are menu dining).

              1. tatertots RE: westlafoodguy Jul 1, 2008 12:01 PM

                New India Grill in Westwood is by far the best on the west side. They went through a major remodeling. The service is always excellent and the buffet food items are delicious. My standard for a good indian buffet is when they serve warm samosas and pakoras. Lunch buffet runs $9 with soft drink/iced tea. Parking is a bit cumbersome, but that's the way it is up & down Westwood Blvd.

                New India Grill
                1321 Westwood Blvd # 1
                Los Angeles, CA 90024
                (310) 996-0064‎

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