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REAL indian food in LA

ssakulsky May 14, 2008 06:46 PM

back to LA from living in India, looking for some REAL indian food, pref. around weho, hollywood, etc...


  1. Das Ubergeek May 14, 2008 07:21 PM

    1. Real Indian food
    2. Near WeHo

    You pick which one you want.

    Get in the car and drive to Artesia. Ramble southwards down Pioneer from the 91. Revel in the Indianity of it. And then go to Tirupathi Bhimas. Or Woodlands. Or Jay Bharat. Or Ambala Dhaba. Or Ashoka the Great. Or Rasraj. Or Udupi Palace. Or Farsan Surati Mart. Or Rajdhani.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      Vita May 17, 2008 08:22 PM

      Dave Ubergeek! LOVE the South Asian food, and had a recommendation for Tirupathi Bhimas from a South Asian friend. Am planning to drive up tomorrow from North SD County on some other business, but was hoping there would be a lunch buffet. Found a website, but it focused on the Milpitas location, and anyway, indicated that TB was NOT OPEN AT ALL on Sundays. Could not reach anyone at the phone number listed for the place (which would make sense if it wasn't open on weekends, of course), but can't believe it wouldn't be open on the weekend. Please advise??

      1. re: Vita
        Das Ubergeek May 17, 2008 09:37 PM

        My review of Tirupathi Bhimas (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492929) was for a Sunday visit at 1 PM. :


        They do not, however, run the lunch buffet on Sunday. You can ask them to customise a thali for you, though, and I'm sure they'd oblige if you're not asking for anything truly weird.

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      aventinus May 14, 2008 08:32 PM

      just drive to artesia. the drive is really not that bad--take the 101 S to the 5 S to the 605 S to 91 E to Pioneer Blvd S. indian food in la is not good in general. i like india sweets and spices in culver city though.

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      1. re: aventinus
        glutton May 15, 2008 06:20 AM

        Annapurna in Culver City on Venice Blvd is the best I've found outside of Artesia. However, I think Tirupathi Bhimas and Woodlands are better, so I usually just make the drive out to Artesia.

      2. blackbookali May 15, 2008 04:05 PM

        go to makkah halal on Vermont and 4th. Ive been down to Artesia and unless you are jonesing for mutiple dosa joints its not all that . . . . actually i think the places in Lawndale and Inglewood are far more interesting - Al Watan, Al Noor, Bilal Hilal but I prefer meat dishes . . .

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          Vaya Con Carne May 15, 2008 04:50 PM

          Seconding Makkah. Having never been to India, I can't vouch for the authenticity, but I do know that it's good and that they do meat dishes really well.

          1. re: blackbookali
            young_chower May 17, 2008 08:27 PM

            Where is Bilal Hilal located? I've done a google search but nothing has come up. I'm a big fan of Al Noor and enjoyed Al Watan... so you've peaked my interests!!!

            1. re: blackbookali
              young_chower May 17, 2008 08:40 PM

              Nevermind... It's Bilal HALAL (different spelling than above)

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              goldangl95 May 15, 2008 05:07 PM

              Not in WeHo but Samosa House on Washington slightly west of the 405, and India Sweet & Spices on Venice have decent Indian vegetarian & cheap!

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                QualityMart May 15, 2008 11:48 PM

                Second Samosa House, it's great.

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                  westsidegal May 16, 2008 12:09 AM

                  third samosa house.
                  it's great
                  it's consistent
                  it's amazingly inexpensive.

                  if you go, be sure to ask if they are serving their delicious mango/banana/pistachio soup.
                  i'd also recommend the jackfruit.

                  1. re: westsidegal
                    liu May 16, 2008 09:57 PM

                    I'm a fourth for Samosa House!
                    Everything is really, really good and they are extremely nice.
                    And westsidegal, I also enjoy their jackfruit!

                2. re: goldangl95
                  Frommtron May 17, 2008 09:17 PM

                  I don't get Samosa House. I must be missing something though since everyone raves. The service is really gracious to be sure and I desperately want to love the place. The problem for me is I found everything to be quite mediocre. They had some interesting sounding dishes and I was so excited to try them but ultimately I felt they were just okay and even a bit bland. The jackfruit was by far the best dish we had that night but it was merely good and I wouldn't stop by just for that.

                  I absolutely will still go back to try the fascinating soup westsidegal recommends but I'm steeling myself for another collosal disappointment.

                  If I'm going to go out for Indian in the general area I'll try to decide between Annapurna's Cuisine and Mayura without Samosa House ever popping into my mind.

                  1. re: Frommtron
                    goldangl95 May 18, 2008 10:16 PM

                    I would say the food is uneven. I love it because it's down the street,and is one of the few grocery/sweetshops/food places in W. LA. Some days, I've gone and the food was amazing & flavors melded well. Other days, the dishes can seem ever so slightly off. However, for about $8 = completely full & I haven't found anything else that compares for even close to that price in W. LA.

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                      Frommtron May 18, 2008 10:20 PM

                      I'll have to give it another go then. Thanks for the perspective.

                3. love2eat May 15, 2008 05:24 PM

                  Paru's in East Hollywood. Delicious Southern Indian Vegetarian food in a setting full of enchantment.

                  5140 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                    Mel Gee May 16, 2008 04:51 PM

                    Did you ever have any real American food in India?

                    What exactly are you looking for when you say you want "REAL indian food"? What Indian restaurants have you already tried in Southern California, and what did you think of them? If you take to any of the recommendations here, I hope you'll report back and help the rest of us see whether what we think is delicious is also authentic and real.

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                      Wheggi May 16, 2008 09:29 PM

                      Curious: is Woodlands on Topanga Cyn in the Valley owned by the same people who own the Woodlands in Artesia you guys are talking about?

                      1. re: Wheggi
                        sel May 16, 2008 10:19 PM

                        Yes. The current manager at the Chatsworth branch told me that he was the chef at the Artesia branch.

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                          Wheggi May 17, 2008 01:57 PM

                          Awesome, thanks. I was sorely dissappointed with my local place (poonjab palace? the restaurant in Northridge shopping center with the BevMo and Guitar Center) and have been meaning to try Woodlands. Guess I'll go there next time.

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                            boogiebaby May 17, 2008 06:05 PM

                            What was disappointing about Punjab Palace? That's a very authentic North Indian restaurant. Everyone we know (us included) gets their parties catered from there. It's very similar to the food back in India.

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                      Barbara Ladden May 16, 2008 10:25 PM

                      Surya India, 8048 W. 3rd St., L. A.

                      Chef/owner is from India as well as the employees. Food, service and atmosphere are very good. He also owns Holy Cow down the street near LaCienega.

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                        culinarycandy May 18, 2008 09:02 PM

                        My 2 faves in the area are india's Grill at La Cienega & San Vincente, and East India Grill at 345 N La Brea. Been to both many times over the years, both are excellent for the meat dishes, authentic sauces, basmati rice & naan breads I prefer. Can't speak for vegetarian-only entrees.

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                          will47 May 21, 2008 02:17 PM

                          For So. Indian food, I personally enjoy Paru's. You could also check out India Sweets and Spices - there's one in Los Feliz and I think one in Culver City. As far as North Indian food, I don't really have any suggestions.

                          I think the consensus (from this and other threads) is that you will get better and cheaper Indian food in Artesia.

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                            SeaCook May 21, 2008 03:31 PM

                            For a chain India Sweet & Spices is surprising good. It's the only Indian restaurant I've been to in the SGV that I like there's one in Durate). Arteisia is the way to go though. Just the smell of soices and sandalwood in the air is a wonderful experience! You can smell Little India before you get there!

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