- Richard Foss
I finally made it to the Indo Cafe (Corner of National and Motor in West LA). I was with a friend who is a vegetarian so we dined meatless, but everything was so good that I plan to return and forage a bit more widely. This is a very good place for vegetarians with over thirty meatless items, though a few contain eggs and at least one uses a fish-based sauce. The tamarind soup was a standout, lightly tart and very rich, and the fried noodles with vegetables and pickled garlic were also excellent. The best item was eggplant with chili sauce, spicy and absolutely perfect. The service was attentive and fairly English-fluent and the place is simply but well decorated and very clean. (My companion asked if the place was new, because it seemed to him that nobody could keep a restaurant looking this neat for long.)
All in all, it was a pleasant experience and I will be back. Note that parking in the area is poor, but the restaurant has evening use of the parking lot across the street and a bit North. When you go in that parking lot you will hear a crashing noise like you have just run across one of those things that damages your tires. It's actually the loose rail for the gate to the parking lot, but I saw several people jump on their brakes and exit their cars to see if they had just harpooned their new radials...