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dailygluttony Mar 13, 2006 07:21 PM

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.

TIA!

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    smallgirlbigcity Aug 1, 2006 05:36 AM

    We just had the WORST carryout experience with Electric Lotus. We ordered the dinner for two...or should I say tried...the woman working the phone had no clue...about the menu or, possibly, that she was even working in an Indian restaurant. It was a terrible ordeal to simply place the order. My boyfriend arrived to pick up our order before it was out of the kitchen and drove it directly home...a whole mile. Most of the what we ordered was wrong. We asked for Tofu in a dish instead of cheese which, of course, had cheese when it arrived home. All of the food was not quite mediocre. And the Naan...oh god the Naan! The horror. It was completely awful...all three orders of it. We called to let the manager know how disappointed we were - we even offered to drive all the food back. He told us there would be a ten dollar credit waiting for us the next time we came in...like we will EVER eat at Electric Lotus again. Such a shame, we had an awesome Pinot Noir we were saving for a special occasion and it was the only good part of the night. All we could think of was how many pounds of amazing cheese we could have picked up at Silver Lake cheesestore for the 50 bucks we wasted at Electric Lotu

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      tokyoastrogirl Mar 14, 2006 01:59 PM

      The best Indian food I've had on the Eastside is at Akbar in Old Town. A bit out of the way for you maybe, but really worth it. Nice ambience, which I find rare in Indian restaurants, and damn good food. Tandoori Chilean Sea Bass is a favorite, the Aloo Aam Tikka (Potato patties stuffed with seasoned green peas and spices served with homemade mango chutney) are also excellent as is the Prawn Madras.

      Akbar
      44 N Fair Oaks Ave
      Pasadena, CA 91103

      Link: http://tokyoastrogirl.blogspot.com/

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        Ed-gar Mar 14, 2006 11:39 AM

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

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          Oro3030 Mar 13, 2006 11:33 PM

          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.

          Link: http://www.parusrestaurant.com/

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            JB Mar 13, 2006 09:14 PM

            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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              Chowpatty Mar 13, 2006 09:54 PM

              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.

              Link: http://www.gillsindiancuisine.com/rev...

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                JB Mar 13, 2006 11:09 PM

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

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                goldkapsel Mar 13, 2006 11:00 PM

                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.

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                  JB Mar 14, 2006 08:45 AM

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

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                Bob Mar 13, 2006 08:23 PM

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

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                  Chowpatty Mar 13, 2006 09:56 PM

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

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                    Bob Mar 13, 2006 11:29 PM

                    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.

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                      Silverlake Bodhisattva Mar 14, 2006 02:15 PM

                      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

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                  Chowpatty Mar 13, 2006 07:31 PM

                  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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                    rabo encendido Mar 13, 2006 07:35 PM

                    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.

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                      Chowpatty Mar 13, 2006 07:43 PM

                      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?

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                        rabo encendido Mar 13, 2006 07:51 PM

                        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.

                        Link: http://mauryabeverlyhills.com/

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                          condiment Mar 14, 2006 01:30 PM

                          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.

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                            sel Mar 14, 2006 02:01 PM

                            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!!!

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                          DanaB Mar 14, 2006 05:26 PM

                          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.

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                          Silverlake Bodhisattva Mar 14, 2006 01:07 PM

                          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

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