Indian food in Hollywood
- mandy Nov 27, 2004 07:38 PM
I remember a good review a few months ago in the LA Times about this place but cannot remember the name. Or would appreciate any suggestions for good Indian food in Hollywood or West Hollywood. We live in the Studio City area but cannot find satisfactory Indian food around here. Thanks!
Good Indian is hard to find. In LA, try Flavor of India in West Hollywood on Santa Monica (near the Palm), great covered outdoor setting, solid food, and decent wine. India's Oven on Beverly is OK, but the wine selection is terrible, the aloo gobi is not good, nor is the raita, and the purple decor is pretty terrible. Akbar's new outpost at the corner of La Cienega and 3rd in a strip mall across from the Beverly Center is not worth the stop. The Marina Del Rey branch is really good upscale gourmet Indian and the wine list is down right fantastic (and reasonable), but this new branch need some major kinks worked out, the location really hurts it, the decor is not there, but most importantly the kitchen needs some major work, worst of all is the raita with cubes of veggies and potato in it. Tastes more like baby food and does not have the cooling, soothing effect it should, nan is ok, etc. Skip it for now.
If you are in for a drive the best Indian we have found in LA is in Santa Monica - Gate of India on Arizona and 2nd (around the corner from the Promenade). Great spices, nan, raita, rice, relaxed setting, best variety of dishes and you can vary the heat of each by request. BYOB is the best idea, can get crowded at off times but really the best we have found.
Hey Mandy! How are you? How is the baby? What did you name the little hound? We miss you! Check out the Yahoo Groups page and look up LA Chowhounds, you should join as we post lots of get togethers, etc. on there.
Re Indian, I did really like Tantra on Sunset in Silverlake but it's pricy and portions are small. However, atmosphere is great and food is good.
There is a small spate of Indian restaurants in Canoga Park, I think on Topanga Canyon north of Sherman Way, up the street from India Sweets & Spices. Also, if you are willing to make the trek further up Topanga, try Woodlands which is Southern Indian cuisine, lots of vegetarian options and reasonably priced.
Hope to see you soon!
Since this thread was resurrected from 2004, I figured I would add: I've been eating take out/delivery from Curry Palace for over a decade. Really consistent and good prices. I started on the recommendation that "it's the best third rate Indian food in town" which I think is an exaggeration on two counts. Anyway, just thought I would give them a plug. Also, if you're dining in, which I don't, it's more Curry than Palace.