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I'm looking for Indian food in Pasadena - with good service and decent food

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  • Clyde Nov 1, 2011 11:31 AM
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I know I should be heading to Little India, but I need to stick close to Pasadena, Glendale, Eagle Rock, etc. I'm looking for Indian food for 4 people that has a festive environment if possible and pretty good indian food. Any recs?

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  1. All India Cafe has always been a good choice, though it has been a while since I last ate there. The decor is OK, but not what I would call festive.

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    All India Cafe
    39 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

    1. I recommend Tibet Nepal House. Good food/service/management/prices.

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      Tibet Nepal House
      36 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

      1. has anyone tried this place? www.himalayancafe.net

        tibet nepal house sounds familiar, like i may have looked it up before. thanks!

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        tibet nepal house
        los angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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        1. re: Clyde

          Himalayan Cafe is delicious, and the people are super nice. However, it's not a very festive environment.

          1. re: matikin9

            thanks for the info! if not for this occasion i def plan to give it a try.

        2. Agreed on both All India Cafe and Tibet House, both good choices.

          1. Bhanu Indian Grocery and Cuisine in San Gabriel (near the Pasadena border) has delicious food at a great price. Service has been friendly the few times I have been there, but this is inside a grocery store so it may not be the atmosphere you're looking for. Definitely worth checking out for some yummy Indian food though!

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            1. re: crystaw

              yeah, it's for a low maintenance birthday so the grocery won't work, but maybe we'll check it out another time! oh did i mention booze or BYOB is necessary? :)

              1. re: Clyde

                Ahh ok-what about Radhika's in South Pasadena? I haven't been there myself but it was in the running for a birthday dinner (which I ended up hosting at home). It looks like it might have the ambiance you're looking for and there's booze!

                http://www.radhikarestaurant.com/defa...

                1. re: Clyde

                  I don't get it, why wouldn't it work? Bhanu's food (back when it was Veer's in Alhambra) is fantastic for the price. Or do you want to go to the TGIF of Indian restaurants? With the linens and waitresses singing happy birthday?

              2. My wife loves Indian food and we have tried all the Indian places in Pasadena (including Rahdika's) and none are exceptional. We always eat Indian in the San Jose area when I visit my cousin and nothing in Liittle India, let alone SGV compares (alas and alack). Having said that the places mentioned here are all solid, if unspectacular. All India Cafe used to be our standby, although we have been eating at Rahdika recently since it is closer to our house. The Tibet Napal House is similar to Indian, but not strictly Indian. I have not yet been to the Himalan Cafe.

                THz

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                All India Cafe
                39 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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                1. re: Terahertz

                  > We always eat Indian in the San Jose area when I visit my cousin and
                  > nothing in Liittle India, let alone SGV compares

                  OT to this thread, but Surati Farsan Mart in Artesia is pretty spectacular. I'd be surprised if it didn't at least "compare" to places in SJ.

                  1. re: Peripatetic

                    Surati Farsan Mart is on my list! One day I'll get there...

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                    Surati Farsan Mart
                    11814 186th St, Artesia, CA 90701

                    1. re: Clyde

                      FWIW, Tibet Nepal House has a great Sunday Champagne Buffet for $9.99 (incl 1 glass of Champagne). None of the atmospheres for the places mentioned here are necessarily fun, but I guess it is what you make of it.

                      My favorite restaurant in Artesia is Rajdhani. 18525 Pioneer Blvd. Artesia, CA 90701. AYCE Thali, all vegetarian and all delicious!

                      Go to Surati for the Bhel Puri and all other delicacies, but skip their Kaman and chutney in favor of the versions at the place on the corner from Surati for theirs along with their dosas and Salty Lassis. YUM!

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                      Tibet Nepal House
                      36 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

                      Rajdhani
                      18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        > the place on the corner from Surati

                        Are you referring to Standard Sweets & Snacks?

                        1. re: Peripatetic

                          I can never remember what it is called - therefore, it is always "the place on the corner from Surati". However, now that you mentioned it, I do think there is "sweets" in the name. Their Kaman is my absolute favorite and I had their dosa the last time I was there. Their green chutney is the stuff dreams are made of. God, now my mouth is watering!

                2. My husband and I have lately been visiting Sitar Indian Cuisine when we've been craving Indian food. It's a few blocks west of Lake. Not spectacular, but everything we've tried has been pretty tasty. I like the lamb korma and the naan.

                  And, though we haven't been in a while, there was a mom and pop Indian place on the north end of Glendale (towards Montrose) that we also liked. If only because it literally felt like someone's Indian mother was cooking dinner for us! My Web research tells me that the restaurant I'm thinking of is India's Flavor.

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                  India's Flavor
                  3303 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

                  Sitar Indian Cuisine
                  618 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

                  1. I love Akbar over on Fair Oaks in Old Town. I think the food there is something special. A little outside of the norm in terms of the recipes....which isn't to say you'd mistake it for other than Indian food.

                    1. Koyla Indian Restaurant
                      www.koylarestaurant.com

                      1. Without hesitation go to India's Flavor in Montrose. Tastes homemade (at least in my Korean American mind). Ran into owners of Forage last time I ate there. Shows good food people know good food.

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                        India's Flavor
                        3303 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

                        1. India's Flavor on Verdugo in Montrose, is only about 10 minutes past Pasadena and I think much better than anything in Pasadena. Probably one of the more popular places in Pasadena is New Delhi Palace on Colorado (on the 2nd Floor) -- decent food but spectacularly overpriced.

                          Go check out the cute couple at India's Flavor. They explained how a particular dish -- a rice snack served on trains - works (I couldn't figure out how people could snack on rice on a train).