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Different ethnic recs??? not ethopiean, indian, korean, Lebanese, etc.. SOMETHING DIFFERENT! please help

I want to try something different and ethnic tonight, i've already had Ethiopian , Indian, Greek, Cuban, Thai, etc etc etc. someone help.

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  1. How about Moroccan? The tasting menu at Tagine is wonderful. http://www.taginecuisine.com/

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    1. re: elainew

      I keep forgetting to go there--I've been meaning to go there forever-thanks!

    2. perhaps a little bit of Tibet in Pasadena ... http://www.tibetnepalhouse.com/

      1. Actually, it's more like "equilibrium burger," which would not be the strangest thing I've seen at restaurants in Germany!
        Too bad. I'd love to think L.A. could have a Liechtensteinhaus. I'd go!

        1. Cambodian (Battambang Seafood) in San Gabriel - I've not been personally, but have been wanting to try something different too.

          Our favorite ethnic is Afghani (Azeen's) in Old Pasadena. Its cuisine is similar to Indian, but worlds apart in other ways.

          El Caserio (Siilverlake?) - Ecuadorian

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          1. re: socalqtpi

            socalgtpi -- how is the bulani at Azeen's? I've only had Afghani in Fremont (biggest Afghani population in the US), and the first place I went to had incredible bulani.

            1. re: Evan G

              We usually get the bulanee-e-katchalu (forgive the spelling) & it's one of our favorite appetizers! It has a crisp (almost wonton wrapper like) outside and well seasoned potatoes & lamb filling. I'm pretty sure that they also have the traditional leek/scallion filling bulanee, but the huuby prefers the katchalu, so that's what we get. I also really like the yogurt sauce & the cilantro/jalapeno sauce for dipping/spreading. I've only tried Afghani at one other place (The Helmand in SF), but we prefer Azeen's!

            2. re: socalqtpi

              I second Cambodian. Battambang has good food but its cambodian/chinese. You want something truely authentic? Order the Prahok, its made from pickled fish, roasted garlic and some other stuff. Or order the broiled mudd head fish with the bitter seed sauce.

            3. Indonesian at Indo Cafe on 4th in Alhambra
              Cambodian at New Paradise in Long Beach - Anaheim St.
              Polish at Polka on Verdugo in Eagle Rock
              Kazahkstanian (or however you want to spell it, I'm too lazy to look it up) on Sunset at La Brea or Highland.
              African at Ngoma Restaurant on Wilshire at Detroit - West, South, East African
              I wish there was some Portuguese, but there isn't.
              Peruvian, lots of places, these days I'm partial to Los Balcones Del Peru on Vine just south of Sunset.
              Hungarian - can't recall the names, there's a place on Melrose in Hollywood and on Ventura in Studio City
              That's all I've got off the top of my head at the moment. Good luck.

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              1. re: estone888

                Unfortunately the Hungarian place in Studio City (Hortobagy) is out of business. Only Csardas on Melrose remains.

                That reminds me of Polish (Warszawa) in Santa Monica or Russian (Uzbekistan or Traktir in Hollywood).

                1. re: socalqtpi

                  I think Uzbekistan is what I was thinking of as Kazhakstan. I haven't been there but I've heard it's pretty good.

              2. How about some "Peri-Peri" (which comes from southern African) sauced enhanced entree. In Northridge, Van Nuys, Long Beach or Laguna Beach. See recent thread:


                1. Sahara in Pasadena serves Lebanese-Armenian straight up - nothing very fancy. The decor is relatively plain, you order at the kitchen counter, and the service is about average. But the food is quite good.

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                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Oops - sorry I misread the OP's title - you've already had Lebanese... but Sahara is still worth a try... =)

                  2. pakistani
                    al noor
                    al wataan

                    both in the south bay

                    1. Too late now, but Rumanian -- I hear there's a place on Euclid in Anaheim called Dunarea. I need to visit.

                      1. Did no one mention Vietnamese? Truly great food, herb-intensive, and usually cheap. A really fun cuisine to explore. My local place is Pho So 1 on Sepulveda & Victory, but you can do a search and find tons of places for a good bowl of pho, bun cha, etc.

                        1. Vietnamese is a surprising omission, but how about Filipino, or even just Hawaiian?

                          1. What about Indonesian? There have been good reviews of Simpang Asia here.

                            1. Great post. I've been having fun recently with Korean food of the non-BBQ variety. YongSuSan (sp?) for North Korean imperial food (or something along those lines). O-Dae-San for seafood -- especially liked their Al-Bap (a whole bunch of different colored fish eggs on rice).

                              Got a bunch of helpful and detailed Korean recs from chowers on this thread:

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                              1. re: bite bite

                                Brazilian BBQ and spicy Szechuan at Yuangui Garden on Garfield in Monterrey Park.