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amyj Dec 3, 2001 03:59 PM

Four of us are looking for a great Indian meal somewhere in or near the West LA. India's Grill at 428 S. San Viciente and Nizam at 10871 W. Pico have been suggested. Can you recommend one of these, or perhaps another that is better? Thanks!

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    Sandra W. Dec 4, 2001 05:45 PM

    India's Grill is my neighborhood joint -- and mostly it's good, but sometimes they have an off night where all the food tastes the same. (Wasn't there a posting about that?) Suraya (?) at Crescent Heights and 3rd is a nice room, good food; I like Nizam, Bombay Cafe is always good, but my new favorite is Saffron, just north of Santa Monica on Westwood Blvd. If you want to go the cheap/snack route, try Bombay Sweets on Pico between Fairfax and Crescent Heights. Their pakoras are really good, and they have this Bombay crisped rice snack with lime juice and peanuts, that is terrific.

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      john gonzales Dec 4, 2001 03:01 PM

      I love Indian food and hit one of these three every couple of weeks. It's almost a three way tie. Nawab is the priciest so frequented a little less. Bombay Cafe seems to have a twist on a lot of things. I'm a major fan of the old stand-bys Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Vindaloo, Bhartha, Garlic Naan. All excellent at Akbar on wilshire near 26th street which gets my slight edge. I go there most cuz it's great food and there are always free entree coupons in the Brentwood news. Akbar also has a few stand-out seafood dishes (chilean sea bass tandoor).

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        michael (mea culpa) Dec 3, 2001 04:53 PM

        I found the service unbelievably slow at Nizam. Perhaps if I knew the language it would have been different.

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          ryan Dec 3, 2001 06:18 PM

          try surya on third street both the service and food are exceptional

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            Jessica Ritz Dec 4, 2001 02:57 PM

            I adore India's Grill. I posted a rant a few months back about how Electric Lotus (same owners) is so strikingly inferior to the original I.G. I've eaten there consistently since it opened, even had them cater a party, and never been disappointed with the super gingery, flavor-bomb offerings. For some completely mysterious reason it’s never included in Zagat's. I suppose that my insignificant annual write-in submission isn’t enough...but I doubt that I’m the only one! I rarely experience Indian food elsewhere that I enjoy as much as India's Grill.

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