samosa house was serving some outstanding lily root today
- westsidegal Jan 24, 2007 02:21 PM
as well as their great jackfruit.
11938 West Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90066 Phone: 310-390-6005
The "aunties" have 'retired', although some subset of them show up fairly regularly. You can tell whether they're in evidence by what degree of lascivious Bollywood drivel is playing. In fact even if one of them phones the store the volume on the drek gets turned down!
The infusion of new young blood is wonderful though, although I miss the "auties" a lot. What were formerly delicious samosas only available with a whisper and wink toward under the counter have actually now gotten even better -- they are now literally made to order. Only in India or my own kitchen have I tasted samosas so fresh!
Living near a restaurant that cooks jack fruit is really a lucky thing. And to think I was going to go today but got distracted....darn.
I think technically Bharat Bazaar is gone replaced by Samosa House. It's the same (extended) family running the place with the addition of the kitchen and tables to the food store.
I just drove by today, and nearly fainted with pleasure - being an Englishman in NY (whoops I'm a woman and in LA for over a decade) I've sought out Artesia, but my heart remains in Manchester, where I went to university, and the aray(sp!) of Hindu/Muslim delights there. Food is god for this chow..etc...I live a five minute drive from this place and want to know more, but as a somosa junkie, know that I shall be there the next morning. Thursday.
With a tiny exception of some ground pomegranite spice that I purchased (too woody for my tastes or more likely that I wasn't using it properly; I think it was for slow-cooked wet food, and I was wanting to use it to kick-up my cottage cheese!), anyhow -- everything I have purchased at Samosa House has been of very fine quality and extremely tasty.
This last time I was there, the owner took me by the hand around the store and pointed out her favorite shelf items, as well as the cooked dishes and desserts. Of course, I was very impressive (and hungry) and purchased everything she suggested. She directed me to some jarred chutneys and pickles, and also some papadums. Additionally, we tried many of the hot items...ALL delicious with wonderful spice tones, and I even tried some of the dessert squares. Having her by my side while I shopped was both fun and helpful, and next time -- knowing that there are no mistakes to be made -- I will go solo...maybe!
One added hint: all of the cooked items were just as good microwaved the next night for dinner; no quality was lost. The owner did recommend that we oven toast the samosas, however, rather than microwave.