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Indian in "Little India"

I'm interested in going to "Little India" for dinner, but there seem to be so many restaurants there. What's your favorite one and why?

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  1. the india restaurant is pretty good.. but wait for responses from ppl who are more experienced in that area than i am since i haven't tried many others. :p

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    1. Oddly, I've yet to have a good Indian meal in Little India. (Great imported Indian mangoes and other supplies though.)

      1. I've only tried Ashoka the Great for the lunch buffet. It was quite good. Easily the best buffet food I've had--it's actually spicy, and the saag paneer is truly awesome.

        I'd be interested to hear from those who have tried multiple places in Artesia for a little compare and contrast. It's such a long drive, advance info. is a must.

        1. My hands-down favorite is Rajdhani. All vegetarian. It servs Thali-style which is - as much as you want and they bring it to you! You get several dishes in small metal bowls. All delicious and service is great. At lunch it is $13.99 and dessert is included. I love the Salty Lassi - so refreshing/ There is no menu - they only do the Thali. I took my friend (who lives about a mile away and is from the Rajdhani region and is a wonderful cook) who had never been and she loved it. I also went last Sunday and noticed that my friends and I were the only non-Indians in the place - always a good sign in my eyes!
          I have linked an old CH post - with J Gold's review (I have not read it but it came up when I searched just now). Good luck!!
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/336119

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          1. re: WildSwede

            This is my hands down favorite too. I think it's more than that for lunch, at least on Saturdays. Around $15 or $16 is the base price, I thought? I could be wrong.

            1. re: choctastic

              Ours was lunch and $13.99/pp a couple of weeks ago - on a Sunday. Cannot be sure about Saturdays since it has been a while since I was there on a Sat and I did not pay that time!

            2. re: WildSwede

              Can you get anything else to drink there? Water. Mango Lassi? Coke?

              1. re: WildSwede

                I spent a while researching Little India for my first trip there a few months ago, and ended up choosing Rajdhani as well. Couldn't have been happier. Be sure to get the saffron pudding dessert, I forget what it's called. Can't wait to go back and try other places. (And in response to above -- yes, I had a diet coke.) By the way try to get there early on weekends. We got there around noon and were seated immediately. By the time we left at 1 or 1:30, there were 20 people waiting.

                1. re: QualityMart

                  I've been to Rajdhani twice and I just don't get it. It tastes ok, not super exciting. It reminds me of food that is homecooked. Even with AYCE, I'm not in love with this place and after two tries, I'm not going to go back when the other thalis in Little India are light years away in taste from what you get at Rajdhani.

                  1. re: misseatalot

                    Well let's put it this way -- it's all I've been to so far, so if that sets the lowest bar in Little India, then I *really* can't wait to go back and try other places. Also, having read pretty much every single thread about Little India on this board, there is a comment like yours for every single place there. In other words I couldn't find a clear front runner, so nothing beats just heading out there and trying every place you can, and deciding for yourself.

                    1. re: QualityMart

                      I agree with this. The restaurants in Artesia show a great diversity of Indian cooking, so it is not surprising that some people like certain restaurants more than others. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Gujarati cuisine, and thus not a huge fan of Rajdhani, Surati Farsan Mart, or Jay Bharat, but these restaurants are all pretty good objectively.

                  2. re: QualityMart

                    the saffron pudding dessert is shrikhand.

                    Also, I was stunned when one of my dining companions asked for chapatis cooked without butter...and they cheerfully and quickly complied!

                    1. re: choctastic

                      One of the most delightfully gluttonous things is the shrikand with puris at Surati Farsan Mart.

                2. I went to The India restaurant last month for the lunch buffet. So, YUMMY!
                  www.theindiarestaurant.net
                  This is a great start. If you're not happy with this restaurant, then I would explore others .

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                  1. re: Kitchen Queen

                    I second The India Restaurant. I've lived in L.A. over 30 years and Indian is my favorite ethnic food; this restaurant has the best Indian buffet I've ever had.

                    1. re: Dogbite Williams

                      A very definitive THIRD! for The India Restaurant. This place has the best buffet that I've had (I've had alot of Indian buffets), and is even better at dinner. For North Indian, I've yet to find a better place. I literally dream about this place. Just wish it wasn't 35 miles away.