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I'm looking for possible Indian restaurants during a visit to LA next month. LA Magazine gives some praise to Tanzore and Maurya.

Priorities are for delicious food, lively atmosphere and good bar scene rather than either the "Raj" look at the high end or the "hole in the wall" at the less expensive end. I was lucky enough to go to London last year and Amaya restaurant fit this description very, very well.

Any chowhound comments on Tanzore and Maurya? Other suggestions welcome as well.

Thanks very much.

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  1. I had excellent Indian cuisine at Red Fort in Torrance. Actually liked it so much, I went back for a second time in a week. They have a buffet, but you can order off the menu as well. Oh the eggplant dish I ate 3 days in a row, so good!!!

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    Red Fort Culture Cuisine of India
    22231 Palos Verdes Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

    1. There's Bombay Cafe in Santa Monica. However, must point out LA is not London, Vancouver or even SF in this category...there isn't much of a market for new-concept, modernized Indian food. Bombay Cafe serves traditional food (w/ very little twists) that has fresh ingredients, tastes good, and is waay overpriced considering the lack of innovation =). It does have a bar, and is always v. busy.

      1. i'm praying for the day Tamarind in London opens a branch in LA. i spent one week in London and ate there 3 times and ordered in for delivery another 2 nights. astonishingly fresh, tasty, (deceptively) simply prepared, and miles above the creativity and presentation of anything in the states. oh, for a bowl of warm rice pudding!

        1. Is there something else we can help you with in LA?? I don't want to leave you with the impression that the restaurants/cuisine cannot hold up to international food elsewhere because it definitely can =) (certain categories we are bereft admittedly, creative indian, Caribbean, or any African 'cept Ethiopian which is v. popular)