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GKG Apr 16, 2002 01:57 PM

Can anyone recommend some good quality Indian restaurants in Los Angeles?

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    Guilt by Association RE: GKG Apr 16, 2002 02:45 PM

    I recently had a very good meal at Pradeep's, a small place on Montana in Santa Monica. I had lamb vindaloo, and my g/f had a vegetarian platter. Both were very flavorful and we enjoyed the meal very much. I think it's around 14th Street; when you smell curry in the air, you're getting close.

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      LBQT RE: GKG Apr 16, 2002 02:48 PM

      Search this board and you will find many, many posts for good Indian restaurants. If you can travel to the southeastern portion of LA, head to Little India on Pioneer Avenue in Artesia. There are any number of good places. The India Restaurant, Ambala, Shan, are three I recommend. Ambala Sweets and Spices, a few doors down from Ambala, is good for dessert.

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        russkar RE: LBQT Apr 18, 2002 10:48 AM

        All my favorites too!

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        LAmonkeygirl RE: GKG Apr 16, 2002 08:09 PM

        It's not what some may dub "authentic," but my favorite Indian in West Los Angeles has to be Bombay Cafe on the corner of Bundy and Pico. They moved from their old location at Santa Monica and Bundy, and ever since, the place is thriving. Personally, I think it is absolutely fantastic, with fresh takes on traditional Indian food.

        I usually get the Thali, which is the vegetarian platter and includes dal, raita, rice, naan, kachumber (sp?), and two vegetable dishes which you pick. I love their eggplant bharta, and everything else I have ever had has been great. The monkeyboyfriend loves their lamb, especially their fiery-hot lamb frankies, which is a Bombay street food akin to a burrito. We always start with samosas, which come with a delicious tamarind chutney. All the chutneys are wonderful. The food is fresh, innovative, tasty, and energizing.

        I highly recommend reservations, though, since I have seen people turned away on weekend evenings.

        Bombay Cafe
        12021 W. Pico Blvd. (Bundy Dr.)
        West LA (310) 473-3388

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          Samo RE: LAmonkeygirl Apr 16, 2002 08:22 PM

          Just ate at Bombay Cafe yesterday. Lovely masala dosa, perfect cauliflower, delicious breads and a very salty and terrific pickle--the last item on the menu. The eggplant bharta is beyond compare. Just don't let them sell you the Viognier--it's uninteresting.

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          Cattus RE: GKG Apr 17, 2002 04:09 PM

          The All India Cafe on Santa Monica and Bundy, NW corner (across from Starbucks and Blockbusters) has some good vegetarian dishes. The Shahi Paneer, cubes of paneer in a delicate creamy tomato sauce, is delicous. I cannot even find this dish at other Indian restaurants in the city.

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            Cattus RE: GKG Apr 17, 2002 04:10 PM

            The All India Cafe on Santa Monica and Bundy, NW corner (across from Starbucks and Blockbusters) has some good vegetarian dishes. The Shahi Paneer, cubes of paneer in a delicate creamy tomato sauce, is delicous. I cannot even find this dish at other Indian restaurants in the city.

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              Megan RE: GKG Apr 17, 2002 05:11 PM

              I've been told Surya is very good -it's on 3rd btwn La Cienega and Fairfax. Has anyone ever been?

              Electric Lotus is close by too, and while it's very busy, I've heard mixed reviews on that place. Can anyone give input?

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                Cattus RE: Megan Apr 27, 2002 05:42 PM

                Hi Megan,

                I'm not sure you're still checking this thread but...I ate at Surya once and ordered the vegetarian Thali plate. I was a little bit disappointed because the dahl (kidney beans and lentils) seemed to be undercooked. Perhaps they were having an off night. The saag paneer was quite tasty and their bread was good. Nothing really stood out though.

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