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Jun 21, 2013 07:20 PM

Best Indian closest to Glendale?

Will be visiting in a few weeks and my dining companion needs a proper introduction to Indian food. Where should we go?

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  1. If you don't mind a casual, counter-type experience, then India Sweets & Spices would fit the bill.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        india sweets and spices food all seems rather a dull shade of ochre and warm.
        i haven't found anything good indian-wise near glendale. best so far is salomi in north hollywood.

        1. re: linus

          Salomi looks like a winner. Not too bad a drive, and a comprehensive menu. Thanks!

          1. re: GroovinGourmet

            I lived a few blocks from Salomi for several years, and it is bland, IMO. I'm a chicken tikka masala lover, and their version is lame, even when ordered extra-hot. And their service ranges from indifferent to terrible. Definitely not a destination worth driving to in my view (I wouldn't even recommend it if you're already parked in the neighborhood), but I guess it depends what you're looking for, which you didn't specify.

            India Sweets and Spices is good for samosas, but their cafeteria-style entrees are generally sub-par.

            Lal Mirch in Studio City is not perfect, but is far better than these aforementioned options, and they have the best chicken tikka masala and veggie korma in the area. That's where I would go from Glendale.

            1. re: BearCity

              i've never had bad service at salomi, and i don't find their food particularly bland.
              then again, i never order chicken tikka marsala.

              i don't think salomi is a destination restaurant, either. i just think it's the best indian in the general area.
              i can't remember if i've been to lal mirch or not.

              1. re: BearCity

                Lal mirch is several leagues above ISS

        2. If they haven't had a proper introduction to Persian food, Glendale is much stronger in that area. My favorite is the Shamshiri in Glendale. Great koobideh, barg, fesenjan, mast-o-khiar, etc.

          1. India Sweets & Spices is a pretty bad experience, but India is a truly awful place, and if you can manage to see past the dingy and dirty interior, the food is sometimes good, though it isn't made with any sense of passion or purpose. It could be delicious; it could be soggy and lukewarm; who knows? Anyway, that's my recommendation. At least there's a chance it will be good, which is more than can be said for most Indian restaurants in LA.

            1. There's India's Flavor on Verdugo in Glendale. I haven't been in over 5 years, but I remember it being OK (not great).


              1. I like All India Cafe in Pasadena, not too far from Glendale. Also Nepal House which is sort of Indian.