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Electric Lotus in Los Feliz

Cat'sChow Jun 10, 2004 07:57 PM

Hey gang. Long time reader, first time poster (of a question): Headed there this evening and was wondering if there are any dishes I must try or stay away from. This will be my first trip there. Thanks in advance!

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    A. RE: Cat'sChow Jun 10, 2004 08:32 PM

    I've been dragged to Electric Lotus too many times by friends who seem only to choose bad restaurants (people for whom the height of Thai food is Toi), and it's never better than mediocre. It's strange how Indian food can come off as bland and boring as it does there.

    My recommendation? Head to Sunset and Normandie and have a great meal at Paru's instead.

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      Robert Bowen RE: A. Jun 11, 2004 03:47 PM

      I agree 100%. If you like Toi you will LOVE this place. "Oh dude it's so, like, cool to be eating INDIAN food!" Food sucks, customers suck, ambiance sucks, pseudo-hippy wanna-be hollywood vibe sucks. Staff is nice.

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      Chino Wayne RE: Cat'sChow Jun 10, 2004 10:30 PM

      Welcome to "the other side", where ever you end up, please post a report.

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        Cat'sChow RE: Cat'sChow Jun 11, 2004 11:54 AM

        Most excellent. Ambiance/vibe was very cool. Had the Dinner for two: Chicken TIkki Masala...while I think Akbar on Wilshire in SM has THE best, they did a fabulous job. Also had a spinach/mint/potato side that was out of this world. Bathrooms were absolutely horrible, but the service was stellar. Would definately return.

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          2chez mike RE: Cat'sChow Jun 11, 2004 02:13 PM

          Wow. I was there over two years ago and they still haven't gotten the bathrooms together yet?

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            Megan RE: Cat'sChow Jun 12, 2004 06:20 PM

            That's the only dish I ever order, though it's always midweek takeout/delivery. Glad someone agrees that it's pretty tasty.

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            bb RE: Cat'sChow Jun 11, 2004 09:13 PM

            just stay away from the whole place. one time i ate there it was ok. the next two times it was horrible. and if the bathrooms are any indication of the kitchen.....

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              smallgirlbigcity RE: Cat'sChow Aug 1, 2006 05:29 AM

              We just had the WORST carryout experience with Electric Lotus. We ordered the dinner for two...or should I say tried...the woman working the phone had no clue...about the menu or, possibly, that she was even working in an Indian restaurant. It was a terrible ordeal to simply place the order. My boyfriend arrived to pick up our order before it was out of the kitchen and drove it directly home...a whole mile. Most of the what we ordered was wrong. We asked for Tofu in a dish instead of cheese which, of course, had cheese when it arrived home. All of the food was not quite mediocre. And the Naan...oh god the Naan! The horror. It was completely awful...all three orders of it. We called to let the manager know how disappointed we were - we even offered to drive all the food back. He told us there would be a ten dollar credit waiting for us the next time we came in...like we will EVER eat at Electric Lotus again. Such a shame, we had an awesome Pinot Noir we were saving for a special occasion and it was the only good part of the night. All we could think of was how many pounds of amazing cheese we could have picked up at Silver Lake cheesestore for the 50 bucks we wasted at Electric Lotus.

              1. arifa RE: Cat'sChow Aug 1, 2006 05:31 AM

                the food is bland. i am not a fan. i have heard that they make some kind of chicken salad with tandoori chicken that's good, but i'm a vegetarian so i didn't have any.

                1. Chandavkl RE: Cat'sChow Aug 1, 2006 04:07 PM

                  Add this to the list of places that draw crowds for no apparent reason (e.g., Olive Garden, Chin Chin). Food is no good and it is way ovepriced.

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                    revets2 RE: Cat'sChow Aug 2, 2006 07:36 AM

                    electric lotus isn't my favorite restaurant, but you guys are harsh!

                    i've been to india several times. been to several indian weddings. dined with indian friends at indian restaurants and in their homes. i cook indian too.

                    EL's food isn't the best indian, but it isn't as horrible as you all say it is and i eat there once every two months or so. i like the vegetable korma (navratan korma), the palek paneer (with paneer not tofu), and the kabli naan (naan stuffed with cherries and pistachios). our service has been consistently good.

                    stay away from the dessert.

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                      kmama RE: revets2 Nov 11, 2007 10:10 AM

                      I was going to start a whole new rant until I saw this old one. Guess I was the last to know--definitely had been more hit than miss in the past when I've been there, and the martinis and the ambiance have always softened my opinion. Last night the waitress spilled a drink on me (new awful and of course smaller martini glasses!), dropped the check in the middle of our meal--which, by the way-- came all at once--apps, bread, and entrees--the servers just plucked the stuff down in front of me in a way that forced us to rearrange the entire the table ourselves in order to be able to eat-- despite the fact that the plates were so over filled (attempted compensation?) that the food was spilling out of the ramekins all over the table and THEN I went wash my hands in the bathroom at the end of the meal, the hot water handle fell off! This isn't just bad Indian, it's bad business!

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