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cycler15 Apr 11, 2008 03:12 PM

Looking for a good Indian restaurant. My favorite dish is Chicken Tikka Masala.

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    jasonsha RE: cycler15 Apr 11, 2008 03:21 PM

    Taste of India hands down is the best! On Ventura Blvd around Fulton.

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      mar52 RE: jasonsha Apr 11, 2008 04:06 PM

      I agree, but try the chicken mahkni. Your favorite will change!

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        Muhlyssa RE: jasonsha Apr 27, 2008 02:58 PM

        Taste of India is very good as is Gangadin. Taste of India is at Ventura near Stern (not Fulton).

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        soundhound RE: cycler15 Apr 11, 2008 04:23 PM

        Bollywood Cafe does it for me. The original location is on Ventura a bit west of Vineland, and they opened a new-ish one on Cahuenga. The channa masala is great (get it with raita) as is the chicken tikka jalfrezi, but I haven't had anything I didn't like there. Its not as heavy/oily/ghee-laden as the other Indian places I have been to- I don't feel the same food coma that I usually do after an Indian meal. This could be a plus or a minus, depending on the eater.

        http://www.bollywoodcafela.com/

        http://www.bollywoodcafe2.com/

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          limaboy RE: soundhound May 27, 2008 02:45 AM

          Bollywood is nasty..I live in SC, and if I want to be reminded of the great and varied Indian food all over the UK (where I used to live), I truck down to Artesia.
          They do it up right there...just get off the 91 and drive south on Pioneer..roll down your windows, and follow your nose!

          LB

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            Maxmillion RE: limaboy May 30, 2008 09:46 PM

            ditto -- Bollywood has prob the worst Indian I've ever had. Seriously.

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          Jack Flash RE: cycler15 Apr 11, 2008 05:37 PM

          Gangadin, on Ventura Place.

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          Gangadin Restaurant
          12067 Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA 91604

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            anothernotch RE: Jack Flash Apr 11, 2008 06:14 PM

            Agreed. Gangadin is a winner

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              Diana RE: Jack Flash Apr 14, 2008 11:36 AM

              Third Gangadin. Really good stuff.

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              CompuDude RE: cycler15 Apr 13, 2008 12:56 PM

              Great India Cafe. The Saag Paneer and Lamb Boti Masala are both incredible. Add a mango lassi and I'm in heaven...

              On Ventura, West of Laurel. Note, the service isn't great, I usually get delivery from here.

              1. bodie RE: cycler15 Apr 13, 2008 03:21 PM

                I have yet to find good Indian food in and around Studio City though I hear good things about Lal Mirch, which I've yet to try.
                I feel quite strongly that Gangadin is not good and neither is Great India. I distinctly remember the Vindaloo at Great India tasting like a canned tomato sauce, it was awful. And Gangadin is just plain mediocre.

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                  Maxmillion RE: bodie Apr 13, 2008 04:46 PM

                  We enjoyed Gangadin when we dined there, but take away wasn't as good, and we usually do Indian for take away.

                  LOVE Lal Mirch. It is my new fave.

                2. maxzook RE: cycler15 Apr 13, 2008 05:40 PM

                  It's not Studio City per se, but Salomi in the NoHo Arts District near Lankershim and Cahuenga has always been my local fave. It was also George Harrison's favorite LA restaurant, fwiw.

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                  Salomi Indian & Bangladesh Restaurant
                  5225 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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                    mbh65 RE: maxzook Apr 14, 2008 02:40 PM

                    I second Maxzook on this--some of the best Indian food in town.

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                      maxzook RE: maxzook May 26, 2008 02:14 PM

                      That should've been Lankershim and Magnolia. My bad.

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                      BearCity RE: cycler15 Apr 14, 2008 12:40 PM

                      Particularly for Chicken Tikka Masala, the answer is LAL MIRCH, no question. Both the chicken tikka and the masala sauce are terrific, and together they sing. Plus, they will serve it up very spicy if that's your thing.

                      Salomi pales in comparison to Lal Mirch. I've ordered extra spicy masala at Salomi, and been served that boring, underspiced quasi-tomato-soup style. Bleh. If I wanted watered-down buffet food, I'd go to a buffet. George Harrison is so completely beside the point.

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                        ldodb RE: BearCity Apr 14, 2008 04:38 PM

                        Lal Mirch has my favorite Chicken TIkka Masala, however beware if you are planning on sharing this dish, it only comes with like 7 or 8 little pieces of chicken.

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                        nikky RE: cycler15 Apr 14, 2008 02:31 PM

                        I'll third (fourth?) Lal Mirch. Gangadin wasn't bad, but it was a bit bland and our chicken vindaloo was really oily. I haven't yet tried the tikka masala at Lal Mirch, but I'm obsessed with the Chana Saag.

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                          Diana RE: cycler15 Apr 15, 2008 06:27 AM

                          'course, Tikka Masala was invented in England. Or for the English in India. I think IN England.

                          The best Tikka is probably in London, or from and Indian chef who came to LA from England, rather than India. Anyone know which chefs in LA are from India Via England?

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                            The Vapors RE: cycler15 Apr 27, 2008 02:54 PM

                            Taste of India, try the vegetarian meatballs. Pillows of love.

                            1. Akitist RE: cycler15 Apr 27, 2008 05:11 PM

                              I'm no expert on Indian cuisine, but did enjoy my meal at Lal Mirch. Service was attentive, too, though that may have been due to a near-empty room.

                              As a plus, they have a small parking lot in back.

                              1. liu RE: cycler15 May 25, 2008 08:42 PM

                                To everyone on this post who have recommended Lal Mirch -- thanks!
                                We enjoyed a wonderful dinner there last night.

                                There were only a few other table occupied at about 7:00pm, yet the service was a little too relaxed. However, the food was delicious! The Saag Paneer was very rich and all the "sauces" (mint, chutney, raita, tamarind) were amazingly fresh and tasty. A standout was their almond/raisin/coconut naan! They also had Parmesan naan on their menu which looked pretty enticing.

                                Without Chowhound, I never would have known about this restaurant. Thanks to all you Hounds who mentioned it and we will return to try more of the menu.

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                                  maxzook RE: liu May 26, 2008 02:19 PM

                                  Worth a link ... and it sounds like it's worth a try.

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                                  Lal Mirch
                                  11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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