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vthakur Feb 17, 2007 02:39 PM

We've just moved to the LA area and are wondering if anyone knows where we can find Chinese food made the Indian style (Chilli Chicken, Manchurian, Hakka Noodles, etc.)

Thoughts? Experiences?

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    hiMihir Oct 17, 2007 09:35 PM

    I take it none of you guys have been to Nirvana at Fountain Valley (near 405 Fwy, Brookhurst exit). Owner is Raj, original owner of Tangy Tomato - ring a bell? Yeah, used to in Artesia off of Pioneer. But 1 tip though, go there for dinner or order from the menu. But restaurant has great ambience, very good Indian-Chinese style food and they've also got frankees - I like Paneer Frankee better than their Vegetable style. 1 more headsup, if you get tempted by looking or reading Nirvana's Punjabi item(s) - DON'T! But other than that, its all good.

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      vthakur Mar 13, 2007 04:06 PM

      So we made a trip to Royal Cuisine of India in Cerritos during the lunch buffet on Sunday and it was awesome. I would definitely recommend it to someone who wants to get some desi-chinese. The next time we're down there we're going to try ordering off the menu to see if that is better than the buffet. Thanks to all who contributed with their experiences. Add more locations for Indian-Chinese if you know of any.
      - vthakur

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        vthakur Mar 11, 2007 11:02 AM

        I'm off to the Royal Cuisine of India in Cerritos today. Will post the experience in the next few hours... Cheers

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          khau galli Mar 2, 2007 09:54 AM

          I have not come across any place in Los Angeles that serves good indian Chinese food. if you are looking for indian street vendor food try the "Dabeli" a Pune favourite you can get it at Rasraj in Artesia.

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            PayOrPlay Mar 1, 2007 03:43 PM

            Is Bombay Bite still open in Westwood? (The website is still up, anyway. http://www.bombaybite.com/default.asp ) They have some Indian-Chinese items on the menu, and promoted these when they first opened. Perhaps due to lukewarm reviews here, I have never gotten around to trying this place myself, but I keep meaning to do so - - has anyone been recently?

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              sel Mar 1, 2007 04:23 PM

              I have not been but my best friend who was born and raised in India was dragged there by his co-workers at UCLA and he told me that the food was awful, Americanized and he hopes to never return!

              1. re: PayOrPlay
                kalpesh Mar 26, 2007 09:41 PM

                just had veggie manchrian there
                I loved it!

                must try once

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                markethej Feb 17, 2007 08:45 PM

                At the Farmer's Market at Fairfax and Third there is a Singaporian / Malaysian restaurant called The Bannan Leaf you might want to try out.

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                  vthakur Feb 27, 2007 12:16 PM

                  Thanks for the advice. We went and ate at the Banana Leaf a couple of days ago. Even though it wasn't what we were looking for, it was awesome. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who can handle a little spice in the food ;-)

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                    anthead Feb 27, 2007 12:49 PM

                    Tangra Bistro in Artesia. The owner is Chinese from Calcutta - apparently speaks Bangla :). His food is classic Indian Chinese - Hakka noodles, chili chicken, chiken manchurian, the works.

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                      sel Feb 27, 2007 01:00 PM

                      I went to Tangra once and the grub was pretty good but I recall reading here that they have closed. Give a call before going!

                      TANGRA BISTRO
                      11305 183RD ST.
                      CERRITOS CA, 90703
                      (562) 865-6109

                      1. re: sel
                        anthead Feb 28, 2007 02:20 PM

                        That's such a pity! Too bad, because that was as good as it got as far as Indo-Chinese is concerned in LA.

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                          losfelizhound Feb 28, 2007 02:45 PM

                          Tangra Bistro closed a while ago, but Royal Cuisine of India specializes in Indo-Chinese. They have the usual fare which is quite good, however a note of caution would be to go for dinner/a la carte instead of the lunch buffet, as I found the a la carte significantly better than their buffet (which is usually the case in most Indian restaurants, if not always).

                          They also have pretty good "Frankies" (found as far as I know in Western India, and Bombay in particular). Also, they are open to suggestions about increasing/decreasing the spice-level.

                          Royal Cuisine of India
                          11454 South St
                          Cerritos, CA 90703

                          1. re: losfelizhound
                            anthead Feb 28, 2007 09:01 PM

                            Losfelizhound, would you know if their regular chefs who cook the Indian food also make the Indo-Chinese stuff, or do they have a special chef to make the Indo-Chinese food? Tangra Bistro was special because the entire restaurant was devoted to Indo-Chinese and the chef was Chinese from Tangra, Calcutta.

                            1. re: anthead
                              losfelizhound Mar 1, 2007 09:35 AM

                              I don't know about this - but the food sure does come close to the hundreds of food-stalls in Bombay which operate without any licenses from the authorities. So don't know if they plucked into that talent pool.

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