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Jul 10, 2006 07:38 PM

Indian Cuisine-Pasadena Reccs

Believe or not, I am a Indian cuisine virgin. I am in Pasadena and there are a few places in Old Town. Any reccs for really good restaurants and what I should get at each would be appreciated.

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  1. Akbar on Fair Oaks, north of Colorado, is excellent. Delicate tandoori chilean sea bass and a host of curries. The place actually has ambience, which is nice! Decent selection of wine as well. It's always pretty crowded so I'd recommend making reservations.

    44 N Fair Oaks Ave
    Pasadena, CA
    Phone: (626) 577-9916

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    1. If you want great food, go to Mezbaans in Old Town, on Fair Oaks, 2 blocks north of Colorado, on the east side. They're between McMurphy's and Dominico's. The decor leaves a lot to be desired but the food is great and the place is clean. On weekends, they have music.

      If you want food almost as good as Mezbaans with a more tasteful decor, go to Akbar’s 1 block south.

      Although some swear by it, I’ve never liked all that much All India Café. The food is bland and the service is 2nd rate. I’m sorry, not authentic to me. This place (IMO) would be the equivalent to dining @ Burger Continental and thinking its authentic Middle Eastern food when in reality, it’s the furthest thing from the truth.

      I haven’t been to Rhadika’s on Shoppers Lane (next to Green Street Restaurant) in a few years but their food and décor wasn’t bad. I’ve tried most Indian restaurants in town and I keep returning to Mezbaans.

      Good luck!

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      1. re: Joe

        I disagree regarding All India Cafe. I've had great meals there and they are one of the few places around that offer lamb frankies. I once had a tandoori salmon special there that was very memorable.

        1. re: Joe

          I'd recommend Rhadika's. Food is quality, room is not stuffy, and service never ceases to please. Occasionally, they are a bit low on servers - but the place is simply so popular. I've received complimentary drinks and rice there, too.

        2. I would agree that Mezbaan is #1 in Pasadena but you could travel not too far to Arcadia and go to Nirvana for South Indian or Los Feliz to India Sweets and Spices.

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          1. re: oro3030

            There's a Duarte India Sweets and Spices as well, on Huntington a bit east of the Target.