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Oct 23, 2007 09:17 AM

Westside Indian Food

I am starting to get more into Indian food and really enjoy it. Are there any places in Santa Monica/Brentwood/Westwood that are good? Anything that is authentic and delicious is awesome. Thanks in advance.

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  1. for brentwood, i would highly recommend tantra's india's oven on wilshire and barry. they are located on the 2nd floor of the city of hope building.

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    1. re: wilafur

      I believe Tantra no longer owns India's Oven. About a year ago, I placed an order for delivery, and it was awful. Not the same tasty India's Oven, and totally different food, including throwing in bell peppers in the curries. I was really bummed, as India's Oven was my favorite place for Indian food delivery, and was always consistently good.

      1. re: Moose

        they actually got a new chef this year and the food is pretty darn good. i work across the street in the world savings (now wachovia building) and they are my go to place for dinner when i am buring the midnight oil.

        1. re: wilafur

          When did they get a new chef? I ate there I believe in May and found it mediocre. I work in the neighborhood and hate everything in the immediate vicinity-- it is the worst culinary wasteland I have ever seen.

          1. re: omotosando

            my co-worker mentioned that they got a new chef @4-6mo's ago. not exactly sure on the actual timing though.

            1. re: wilafur

              I ate there last night and found it pretty good. Wasn't the best Indian I have ever had but was pretty good and I would go back again for sure. Definately in the top 5 I have been too.

    2. Your two best bets would be Nawab and Akbar, both on Wilshire.

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      1. Jaipur, near Westwood and Pico, but on the west end of Pico.

        1. I like the All India Cafe on Santa Monica and Bundy. I'm not an Indian food expert- but we go there for lunch a lot and the flavors are good. I used to go to the India's Oven on Wilshire and Barry too but stopped- isn't there another India's Oven, maybe on Westwood? I thought I saw one.

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          1. re: PrettyPlaty

            Yes, there is an India's Oven on Westwood, just south of Santa Monica Blvd., east side of the street. It is mediocre.

          2. Second the recs for Akbar and Jaipur. Akbar is my go-to for all-around great Indian food. Jaipur I like for the weekend all-you-can-eat buffets (probably inauthentic and blasphemous I know).

            A bit further, but I love Annapurna in Culver City for south Indian -- dosas and all-vegetarian. Delicious and the only south Indian I know of on the westside. For takeout, India Sweets & Spices serves some mean samosas.