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Looking for good Indian food in the East Valley (one person is coming from Burbank, the others from Encino/Sherman Oaks...so maybe Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Studio City, etc.).

Is Bollywood Cafe in Studio City any good? Any other ideas?

Thanks.

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Bollywood Cafe
11101 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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  1. Been to Bollywood in Studio City twice. It was OK in a pinch. The vindaloo (lamb, I believe) was not nearly spicy enough, but the staff were doing a good job refilling water glasses and such... Much much further out of your way, in the west valley, is Woodlands (Pure) vegetarian restaurant, south of Devonshire on Topanga. I believe Wednesdays are 'dosas' night, where one can get as much dosas and buffet-fare as you want. The 'paper dosa' is huge, and the vegetarian fillings are tasty. Good samosas (the fritter-style type); clean-tasting yet complex chutneys, and polite-if-reserved service. The veggie flavors there really make up for the lack of meat products, I find. Too bad it is far from your proposed location in the east valley...

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    1. re: silence9

      Hmm...okay in a pinch doesn't sound so great. Woodlands is too much of a hike on a weeknight for the person coming from Burbank. It would take her forever to get there.

      Any other ideas?

    2. Drive a little to Woodland Hills. Anarbagh is fantastic and it's just off the 101.

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      1. re: rainey

        I've been many times...they actually have a location in Encino now (haven't been to that one though). I'd love to go there, but the person coming from Burbank (who then needs to go to Simi Valley) just can't make the drive that night. We really need something in the East Valley :-)

        Thanks!

        1. re: WestsideLisa

          The Encino one is quite good. I'm actually having leftovers right now.

      2. There's Village Tandoor in Northridge. It's decent -- we're indian, and we order from there sometimes. We prefer Kwality on Topanga in Canoga Park, but we always get the food to go, so I can't speak too much about the dine-in service.

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        Village Tandoor
        18530 Devonshire St, Northridge, CA 91324

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        1. re: boogiebaby

          Can you tell me about Kwality Indian Cuisine? I drive past it going to and from work. I can not find anything about it on CH! Thanks.

          1. re: sel

            Kwality has great Punjabi food. It does take time, so if you place a takeout order, be prepared to wait 45 minutes for it, even if they say 30. The interior is just OK, nothing fancy, but we always get catering orders or takeout.

        2. I like Taj of India... at Hazeltine and Burbank. I'm not going to say it's amazing, but it's good. I don't want to oversell it, but my wife really likes it, so I thought I should at least mention it.

          It's well-located for your needs, at least.

          1. I like Lal Mirch in Studio City. Significantly better than Bollywood Cafe, which is nearby. Their Chicken Tikka Masala and Vegetable Korma are excellent. Used to be my favorite delivery place, until they stopped delivering.

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            Lal Mirch
            11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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            1. re: BearCity

              I used to really like Lal Mirch, but then had a few bad delivery experiences (using LA Bite). But it would probably still be top of my list for that area. I remember thinking their Tikka Masala was outstanding and it was one of the only places where onion bhajis were actualy crispy on the outside and not soggy.

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              Lal Mirch
              11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

              1. re: Jwsel

                That's true about the onion bhajis. I haven't used the third-party delivery service, so no bad experiences here. When they did their own delivery, it was pretty stellar. I really like that Lal Mirch will serve you very spicy food if you ask for it. Also, it should be noted, they have particularly delicious samosas and mint chutney.

            2. you might look into salomi, in north hollywood, if it's still there. though i havent been in a long time, it was always my favourite indian in the valley.

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              1. re: linus

                Salomi was where I was first introduced to Indian by British friends 30 years ago.

                1. re: rainey

                  there were always rumours george harrison and his wife were seen there a lot.

                  1. re: linus

                    I think the food at Salomi is excellent. It's always empty when I go there though, which is kind of weird. But the food keeps me going back. I've heard the George Harrison stories too.

                2. re: linus

                  I live by Salomi and have ordered a couple of times, but both times I asked for hot, and was served ultra-mild food. I don't understand the appeal. Is there something they're particularly good at? Any specific dishes that you find excellent there?