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Best Indian Lunch Buffet?

rentboy8 Feb 18, 2009 06:19 PM

Any suggestions?

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  1. westsidegal RE: rentboy8 Feb 18, 2009 06:27 PM

    shershah in marina del rey
    jaipur in west LA
    india restaurant in artesia

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      Dogbite Williams RE: westsidegal Feb 18, 2009 08:18 PM

      I second India Restaurant in Artesia. I've only been once, but it stands out as one of the best I've ever had.

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        soto i am RE: Dogbite Williams Feb 18, 2009 10:37 PM

        Third rec for India restaurant. Great tasting and wide selection of items with the added bonus of a very reasonable price

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          mdpilam RE: soto i am Feb 18, 2009 11:14 PM

          4th. I've been to ALOT of Indian Buffets, and this is clearly the best.

    2. rednyellow RE: rentboy8 Feb 18, 2009 08:09 PM

      Star of Indian on Melrose.

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        SIMIHOUND RE: rednyellow Feb 18, 2009 08:24 PM

        How about in the West SFV? Thanks.,

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          westsidegal RE: SIMIHOUND Feb 18, 2009 10:49 PM

          in chatsworth
          Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Restaurant
          (818) 998-3031

          i've been there on the weekends. not sure about what they offer during the week

          1. re: westsidegal
            justagthing RE: westsidegal Feb 18, 2009 10:58 PM

            Would this be the same owners as the one in Artesia?

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              sel RE: justagthing Feb 19, 2009 10:05 PM


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              dreamprfct RE: westsidegal Feb 19, 2009 08:25 AM

              I hope it is not the same owners as in artesia--avoid the artesia location at all costs--it is filthy on most nights, and the service is horrible

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                sel RE: dreamprfct Feb 19, 2009 10:06 PM

                I haven't had any problems there!

            3. re: SIMIHOUND
              barham turner RE: SIMIHOUND Feb 19, 2009 10:35 AM

              I have really enjoyed the buffet at Copper Chimney in Woodland Hills. The chef came from a long stint at Nawab of India at Santa Monica and they have been open less than a year. He is really doing a great job. There is a good selection of dishes; every table receives a basket of fresh-baked naan, and I believe the lunch buffet on weekdays is only $8.95.

              The chef was originally from Uttar Pradesh and there are some UP specialties on the menu including a really tasty goat curry. Last time I went they had it on the buffet but it was on a weekend when they serve more dishes.

              Copper Chimney
              Woodland Hills, CA, Woodland Hills, CA

              1. re: SIMIHOUND
                Bob Brooks RE: SIMIHOUND Feb 19, 2009 03:47 PM

                I think Taj Mahal, on Ventura Blvd. in Encino does a very nice buffet lunch.

            4. Das Ubergeek RE: rentboy8 Feb 18, 2009 09:30 PM


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                SIMIHOUND RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 19, 2009 06:34 AM

                Das, The last time I was at Indian Hawelli in Simi the lunch buffet was only so so. It had limited items and they were kind of greasy from sitting around. I do like the normal menu though and it is doing very well especially for Simi.

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: SIMIHOUND Feb 19, 2009 06:52 AM

                  Oh, I meant Haveli in Tustin. My bad. I've never been to Simi Valley.

                  Haveli Fine Indian Cuisine
                  13882 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

              2. OCAnn RE: rentboy8 Feb 19, 2009 07:16 AM

                Not necessarily the best, but Fullerton/Brea have so few. With such limited options, House of Tandoor on Brea Blvd meets my fix.

                House of Tandoor
                600 S Brea Blvd, Brea, CA 92821

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                  Vaya Con Carne RE: OCAnn Feb 19, 2009 11:26 AM

                  When I was in grad school at CSU Fullerton, I loved the lunch buffet at Taal Indian across from the university. Generally I find Indian buffet to be underspiced and bland, but this one was always tasty. And, hey, $1 off if you're a student!

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                    OCAnn RE: Vaya Con Carne Feb 19, 2009 11:31 AM

                    I used to go to Taal until it burned down. Now, we go to HoT which is a touch better than Taal.

                    BTW, the adjacent Off Campus Pub is no more; it's been replaced by Cantina Lounge which has much better food & service....

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                      Vaya Con Carne RE: OCAnn Feb 19, 2009 11:42 AM

                      Oh! Had no idea it burned down. If it hadn't been for them, I would have starved during those couple years because the on-campus offerings were so grim :(

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                  BearCity RE: rentboy8 Feb 19, 2009 12:46 PM

                  Clay Oven in Sherman Oaks.

                  Clay Oven Indian Cuisine
                  14611 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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                    MaryT RE: BearCity Feb 19, 2009 01:27 PM

                    Punjab Palace in Northridge.
                    Little India in Artesia and Kamal Palace in Long Beach (same owner).
                    I think the Woodlands in the valley is so so but the dosas are great there.

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                    FED RE: rentboy8 Feb 20, 2009 09:24 AM

                    for me, it's woodlands in Artesia. something like $8, including a freshly made paper dosa.

                    1. Foodandwine RE: rentboy8 Feb 20, 2009 09:39 AM

                      Today Im going to Bombay Grocery. You cannot believe this place. $5 buffet in a Indian Market, allot of food and very good all vegertarian with perhaps 1 chicken dish that will be offered at your table. Kinda a bit spicy just love the place..

                      Bombay Grocery
                      2040 Pacific Coast Hwy, Lomita, CA

                      1. Vince S RE: rentboy8 Feb 20, 2009 06:49 PM

                        What about Tandoor-A-India in Playa Del Rey? Is it decent?


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                          westsidegal RE: Vince S Feb 20, 2009 09:35 PM

                          no, tandoor-a-india is not decentt.

                          imho, the best indian food that is near playa del rey is SAMOSA HOUSE; they only serve vegetarian food, and they do not serve an ayce buffet.

                          other folks on this board seem to like akbar in marina del rey and agra in venice, but i don't think either serves a buffet (i may be wrong on this).

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                            Vince S RE: westsidegal Mar 1, 2009 10:57 PM

                            thank you for the review! :)

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                          georgine RE: rentboy8 Mar 29, 2009 12:14 PM

                          Hello everyone, I am looking for an authentic Indian restaurant in LA! The whole nine yards... where you sit on the ground and eat with your hands! Any ideas? I would love to hear from you! Thanks, Georgine

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                            Jet RE: georgine Mar 29, 2009 01:29 PM

                            I've been to many in the SFV. I disliked Copper Chimney tremendously. The best on Ventura Blvd. are Shalimar in Woodland Hills & the upstairs one in Encino, Clay Oven?, with the tastiest being 818 Masala by far. The greatest of all for value, selection, taste & tremendous abbience is Bombay Palace on Wilshire Blvd. in L.A. JET

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                              Bob Brooks RE: Jet Apr 23, 2009 12:52 PM

                              The upstairs one in Encino is Taj Mahal. Just had their lunch buffet yesterday. It was excellent and a steal at $8.99.

                            2. re: georgine
                              ceekskat RE: georgine Mar 29, 2009 02:09 PM

                              Most Indian restaurants are probably authentic. Perhaps you may want to inquire as to ones that have more home style cooking.* Also, I suppose one can eat with hands at ANY Indian restaurant as it is a traditional custom but perhaps not in trendy, upscale ones?. When I took my aunt & uncle visiting from India to an upscalish Indian buffet, they asked me if it were okay to eat with hands as they were not used to flatware ...I said "sure, feel free". BTW, I don't know of any cafes/restaurants in India where the patrons sit on the ground :)

                              *Just chiming in while perusing the L.A. board in anticipation of my upcoming visit, so don't know any in the L.A. area. Generally speaking, South Indian restaurants tend to be more home style.

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