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Samosa House East vs Original Samosa House (Culver City)

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annapurna7 Jun 9, 2010 11:42 AM

I've never been to Samosa House East. Is there any difference between the two restaurants? Anything that is offered in one but not the other?

Trying to figure out where to go to lunch. :-)

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Samosa House
11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

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  1. aching RE: annapurna7 Jun 9, 2010 04:50 PM

    I would like to know about this as well (not having been to either). And is it the case that Samosa House is not as good anymore since the chef decamped for Bawarchi?

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    Samosa House
    11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

    1. Discokill RE: annapurna7 Jun 9, 2010 09:32 PM

      The menu changes enough at both that I don't think there's any real difference between the two. I personally prefer the old one even though the new one is closer to me, primarily just because it feels a bit more spacious. Havent noticed a difference in food.

      On the Barwachi question, there was a pretty lively debate here when it first opened. My take away was exactly half the people preferred Samosa House and half preferred Barwachi.

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        bulavinaka RE: annapurna7 Jun 9, 2010 09:58 PM

        I haven't been to the East location yet - creature of habit I guess. But just looking at the two with the assumption that the food is equal at both, one has to consider the other basics. I think the original wins because parking is far more generous and the number of tables at the original place are numerous as well - it's a pretty sleepy part of Washington Blvd. The intersection at the East location is pretty annoying and I'm guessing that other than maybe one or two parking spots in the back, you're going to be relying on street parking as the Culver Center parking lot is pretty bad, and security has been known to comb that lot for interlopers.

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          annapurna7 RE: bulavinaka Jun 10, 2010 05:02 PM

          You're right. I ended up going to original location yesterday because I didn't want to deal with the parking near Culver Center.

          The food was better than the last couple times I've ordered lunch there. The baingan bharta and was absolutely delicious.

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            bulavinaka RE: annapurna7 Jun 10, 2010 05:33 PM

            Glad it worked out for you. I'm guessing the East location much catch some lunch traffic from the studios and other local businesses, but I'd think they could have found a more promising location to spread their yummiful food. This general part of town is saturated with various Indian eateries. I think if they had decided on West instead of East, they could capitalize on the huge vegetarian/vegan market in Venice, Santa Monica and the rest of the westerly Westside communities. They'd also have no competition as this particular type of Indian eatery of this quality doesn't exist around those parts.

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              maudies5 RE: bulavinaka Jun 10, 2010 08:36 PM

              Bulavinaka...please call Bite, ASAP. They want you to respond and accept an invitation to preview dinner but do not have your e-mail address.

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                bulavinaka RE: maudies5 Jun 10, 2010 09:29 PM

                Thanks for the heads-up!

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          apple7blue RE: annapurna7 Jul 27, 2010 10:39 PM

          Bharat Bazaar or Samosa House is the better location. I think it's technically in Los Angeles too. I am at a dual address also . . . a chef may have created Bawarchi, but the "samosas" of Samosa House have been around since before that chef even arrived and one auntie ran the place by herself. I have been to all three--and the Bawarchi has different foods, Samosa House is still selling the same dishes--though there was a dramatic reduction recently long after that the particular chef left--and unless you specifically request the chapatis they used to serve you will get a tawa roti or naan, and Samosa House East are conciously selling like "fake meat" recipes according to several of the family there and an employee and from my experience is slightly hotter in taste. Also they give you more chutney--literally bigger containers at East. Bawarchi is a better deal--more food and cheaper especially if use the coupons and such in pennysaver and online. As I read later, I think you picked the correct place to lunch at.

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          Bharat Bazaar
          11510 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

          Samosa House
          11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

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