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Mar 13, 2006 07:21 PM

Indian food in Hollywood/Silverlake/Downtown area

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Any suggestions? I know there's India's Oven on Beverly & East India Grill on La Brea, but I have no idea if they're any good.


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  1. Try Agra in Silver Lake -- I would say it's better than Electric Lotus, India's Oven, Tantra, East India Grill or Paru's.
    That said, it's nothing extraordinary. There seem to be more decent Indian options on the Westside -- I like Ambala Dhaba.
    Other than the heavily Indian neighborhoods, Indian food in L.A. is pretty meh for the most part.

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    1. re: Chowpatty
      rabo encendido

      Would have agreed with this rec, but I think AGRA has changed ownership in the last few months. mrs rabo and I were regulars, but our last meal there (about a month ago) was pretty awful.

      Wish there were better choices. India Sweets and Spices in Atwater Village may be the best choice in the area, but it's basically a cafeteria.

      1. re: rabo encendido

        Oh well, I'm not surprised...I've pretty much given up on Indian food except the occasional IS & S foray. I know India's Grill on San Vicente has fans...where would you choose, say, east of La Cienega?

        1. re: Chowpatty
          rabo encendido

          I'm with you, Chowpatty. Other than IS & S, I'm sorta at a loss.

          Have been meaning to try Maurya, which I've heard good things about. Slightly upscalish, and on Doheny, so a little West of La Cienega.

          *Sigh* Slim pickins, indeed.


          1. re: rabo encendido

            Maurya's not bad. Not all that, but not bad. Bollywood is pretty good - very decent versions of British Indian food - and Studio City is a straight shot from Silver Lake. IS&S is at least cheap. But I have never liked Paru's, Agra, etc., Electric Lotus and Tantra are actively grisly, and I suspect I outgrew India's Oven about the time I finished grad school.

            Indian cooking is one of the few ethnic cuisines that tends to be better on the Westside (Bombay Cafe, Ambala Dhaba, All-India) than on the east.

            1. re: rabo encendido

              Went to Maurya once for lunch with a friend that was born and raised in India. I wanted him to have some upscale Indian food. Chef in an oversized Toque was strutting around, I knew then that this was a mistake and that I would be embarrased by my choice! Bland (no spice) and boring food, I think they use squirt bottles of American yellow mustard and ketchup to flavor their sauces! Far more money than it was worth!

              Lots of 'Suits' at the other tables, seemed like they were more into 'business' than food. YUK!!!

          2. re: rabo encendido

            That's too bad about Agra. I went there once about 4 months ago and was thrilled with the deliciousness and spiciness of my meal. The second time, shortly thereafter, was great, too. But in the past couple of visits something's been lacking, so I guess this explains it.

          3. re: Chowpatty
            Silverlake Bodhisattva

            I'll disagree with Patty's "meh" on India's Oven. They're "pretty good" with machine-like consistency, and every once in a while, they're REALLY good. I've eaten there pretty regularly since they relocated from the old "Picfair" location, which would have been in 1992!
            (A friend of mine recently voiced the only real complaint about IO I've heard in a decade, but he'd ordered what he described as "ribs with mango sauce", and my immediate response was "You want ribs, you go to a RIB joint; this is an INDIAN restaurant, guy...")

            AGRA, while they've been pretty good SOMETIMES, have had real consistency problems when I've gone.

            Just my 2 cents worth...

            r gould-saltman

          4. BOMBAY GRILL in the minimall by Trader Joes (Santa Monica and Poinsettia). Low-key, authentic, spicy, cheap.

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            1. re: Bob

              Oh yeah, I have been meaning to try that place. Is it open for lunch? Do they have tables?

              1. re: Chowpatty

                Yeah I'm pretty sure they're open for lunch.

                There are a couple of tables inside, but it's strictly cafeteria-style decor. It's a real small-family deal - dad cooks, mom takes your order, kids run around barefoot being cute and/or annoying.

                But the food's worth it. Great dosas, even though they take a while to make and some days dad claims he's too busy to make them. Spicy vindaloos (I would suggest letting them know you're okay with heat when you order). Hit and miss at times, but pretty good all around - certainly preferable to most other HW Indians, and definitely cheaper.

                1. re: Bob
                  Silverlake Bodhisattva

                  They even used to have a take-out-only lunch special, a chicken-tikka-on-naan sandwich with lettuce and chutney, (sort of a tandoori gyro, actually) which they cooked from scratch, so it took longer, but was fresh and hot when you got it. Killer stuff. They may still have it...

                  r gould-saltman

            2. I once went to this place downtown that was very difficult to get to. It was buffet style at lunch during the week. First, you had to find a doorway and then you had to meander thru some hallways until you got there. A very friendly owner? \ hostess \ waitress. And that garlic naan!

              Anyone know this place?

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              1. re: JB

                Sounds like Gill's. I've never been, but my impression was that it might be a good alternative if you work or live downtown, but not really worth driving too far for.


                1. re: Chowpatty

                  That may very well be the place. All that I remmeber was the garlic naan.

                2. re: JB

                  Nope...not Gill's. I know the place. It's on the west side of the street...Broadway around 6th or Wilshire??? You walk in the front door of this old school office building/hotel, wave hi to the desk clerk and then follow the maze to the back section of the building where there is this small room of a restaurant. Feels like you're not in LA anymore. The food isn't bad, but it's also not great. They have/had a Monday lunch special for something like $6 buffet. Wish I could remember the name.

                  1. re: goldkapsel

                    That sounds more like it. I would have remebered going to an Indian place called "Gill's"!

                3. There's the outpost of India Sweets and Spices in Los Feliz which is good if you order the freshly made items.

                  Also there's a place on Sunset, East of the 101 called Paru's that is surprisingly not bad (South Indian). Doesn't compare to Artesia but hey....
                  link below.


                  1. Electric Lotus on Vermont -- if you're on a date. Good food. Mood lighting. A fun DJ sometimes.