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Indian Food Recommendation

A long-time LA resident, I still haven't found a place I love for Indian food? Any recs?

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  1. where are you located?
    what kind of indian food are you seeking? vegetarian indian food? meat/tandoori dishes?

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    1. re: westsidegal

      I prefer vegetarian, but mostly want something authentic. Went to Tantra in Silverlake last night and the "fusion" was disappointing.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Forgot this in my last post, but I am located in the Hancock Park area.

      2. i've had several local favorites - but find they're not consistent enough.

        east india grill, mumtaz (mid la) & amabla dahba (wla) are all good sometimes.

        the most consistently good place i've found is akbar. there are locations in the marina, sm, south bay and maybe somewhere else. i don't really care for the south bay location but wla and sm are really great.

        bombay cafe on pico & bundy is tasty - but overpriced in my opinion.

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        1. re: dtud

          I have mixed feelings re the SM Akbar location. They use some kind of weird cheese in the saag paneer, and the meat in the chicken tikka masala can be a little dry. I do like the lamb dishes, esp. the vindaloo the one time I tried it, and I dig the fresh veggies that come with your meal. For saag paneer, I much prefer Nawab down Wilshire. And for chicken tikka masala, I like All India Cafe. Still haven't tried Amabla Dhaba.

          1. re: Servorg

            Anybody have thoughts on Nizam in WLA? Honestly, I recently moved back to LA from NYC and truly, I am a loss for that excitement from the hole in the walls to the upscale Indian dining in NYC. I miss Chola, Devi and Tamarind, even Tabla, for upscale in NYC. I am going to head to Tanzore soon. It seems the Indian cuisine in LA is pretty much cookie cutter, same dishes, and not much difference. Doesn't always have to be so called upscale. I do like Bombay Cafe upon occasion, just because the offerings are a bit different.

            1. re: Jesdamala

              I thought Nizam was pretty ordinary. Have you tried Chakra in Beverly Hills, (they have another location in Orange County as well)?

              http://www.chakracuisine.com/

              1. re: Servorg

                No, but on a short list, thank you for reminding me! Also, somewhere in my house is a menu for Electric Karma? Not in my 'hood, but obviously someone went there for a meal, didn't get a report. Also tried Halal Indian on Vermont? This was for take out, but I had some dissapointment for a few dishes.

            2. If you want some good, and more authentic Indian food, I would make the trek to Artesia, and try some of the places on Pioneer Blvd. The emphasis is mostly south Indian cooking (lots and lots of places that sell dosas) but I have eaten at several places down there, and have always had a good experience.

              What makes it unique is that many places have some very unusual dishes. I've had a lot of Indian food in Socal, and everyone makes the same things, samosas, tandoori, etc., but there's a lot of things that I've never seen anywhere else. Most of the flavors haven't been watered down for American tastes.

              My favorite place in Artesia is Udupi Palace, which is specifically a vegetarian restaurant, but worth going to even if you're a meat eater.

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                1. re: gaylenwaydelich

                  try the india restaurant for North indian ( i.e. tandoor)

              1. Hi,

                Not too far from you is India Tandoori located on a strip mall on Pico, about a block West of Fairfax. It's OK, not great, but satisfy my ordinary cravings. Not very expensive either.
                Also I seem to recall a recent thread about someone who had found a great Indian place near USC.

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                1. re: bad nono

                  India Tandoori moved to Wilshire Blvd. near Hauser. I tried it for lunch, I give it a resounding meh.