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Hole-in-the-wall Indian closest to Santa Monica?

I've got a serious need for a hole-in-the-wall Indian joint this afternoon. Not the kind of place with white tablecloths, where a bowtied white-shirted waiter shouts, "Thank You Sir!" every time you order something; rather, the kind of place where you order at the counter, everything is pre-made and in a steam buffet, and you can get 2 items plus rice and naan for $5-6.

And one more thing: I'm sans-auto today, so I need something within biking distance of Santa Monica. But it doesn't have to be fantastic, just acceptable, so I'm holding out hope that there's a place tucked away in Culver City somewhere.

The joint right next door to Mayura would be perfect, if only they weren't closed for remodeling. Chutneys is out because I'm sick of it. Anybody have any other ideas I could try?

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  1. I'd suggest either Samosa House or Jasmine. Samosa house is vegetarian.

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    Jasmine Market and Deli
    4135 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

    Samosa House
    11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

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    1. re: joshekg

      Hmm. Both look interesting, I'll go check them out. Thanks!

      1. re: joshekg

        I went and had the lamb biryani (Fridays only, $7) at Jasmine. Comes with raita. Wow. Fantastic. It was different from other biryanis I've had; it seemed like the lamb was cooked separately with sauce, then plated, and a spiced rice was put on top. Is that the Burmese way, or is it just how they do it at Jasmine?

        Samosa House looked very good too, but by the time I got there I was full. But what they had looked pretty tasty.

        1. re: Bjartmarr

          I'm not sure if that's the Burmese way or just Jasmine's as my experience with Burmese food is limited. Glad you enjoyed it, I've liked everything I've tried from there and tend to stop in for a snack whenever I goto the culver city homebrew shop.

          Samosa house is great too. For around $7 or 8 you get 3 choices from the dishes they have cooked that day along with rice, raita and 2 rotis. They've also recently expanded their menu to include dosas and they make an amazing vegetable biryani that is not on the menu (ask for it spicy).

          Since you mentioned Mayura in your original post, their idly sambar are really good, inexpensive(I think maybe $6) and make a filing lunch.

        2. re: joshekg

          the samosa house is great..

        3. India Sweets & Spices.

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          India Sweets & Spices
          9409 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA

          1. Agra on Lincoln near Washington.

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            Agra Indian Kitchen
            2553 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

            1. Bombay Cafe is the bomb! Not exactly a hole in the wall but it is casual. Love the Lamb Frankies and naan.
              http://www.bombaycafe-la.com/

              1. in culver city, india sweets and spices on venice. annupurna is on venice too.

                samosa house fits your bill too

                chadni (sp?) on wilshire in Samo is good veg..not upscale but not total hole in wall

                in WLA, there is a place in a strip mall - same mall as kinkos and an asian pho place....don't know name

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                1. re: travelingmansoul

                  India's Tandoori IIRC. My Punjabi friends like it quite a bit, I haven't been though.

                  1. re: AAQjr

                    EDIT: Whoops -- I was thinking of the place up the street.

                2. What about Mayura? I think the food is very good there. Jasmine (Burmese) is also a good place. Culver City has a lot of great choices for Indian.

                  One place that I like in Culver City is Tara's Kitchen which is Nepalese food. The owner is really sweet and they have very good lunch specials that start at $5. You can also get Momos or special dumplings that are something out of the ordinary.

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                  1. re: bsquared2

                    I like Mayura, but IIRC I'll drop $11 (after tax and tip) there for lunch, rather than $5-6.

                    I've only been to Tara's for dinner, and it was around $40 for two. I'd be interested in a $5 lunch special, though. OTOH I had dinner at Cafe Tibet in Berkeley a couple weeks ago, and their food blew everything I had at Tara's out of the water.

                    I went back to Jasmine tonight for dinner with the gf. The tofu salad was fantastic, kheema curry was very good, and she liked the coconut chicken soup (too rich for me). 2 orders of tofu salad (the second one to-go for lunch tomorrow) w/ fish&cabbage soup on the side; kheema curry w/ naan, rice, and vegetable curry; samusas; and the coco-chicken soup; tax and tip: $25.