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Samosa House. Chaat. So much better than the steam tray...

Moomin Dec 12, 2013 06:28 PM

I've said this before, but I stopped in for the first time in months and ordered:

Dabeli: Still arguably better than any available in Artesia. So much better than it has to be.

Dahi Puri: This is much, much better than it was under the former chefs. Very impressive. Possibly too complex/exotic (it could be simpler), but really fabulous.

Papri Chaat: Excellent. Lots of sprouted mung beans and black chick peas. Very good.

The chaat menu is now prominently posted, and everything is so much better than the steam tray meals that you kind of have no excuse...

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    ns1 RE: Moomin Dec 12, 2013 09:27 PM

    Which one? When I went both somosa houses had different recipes for the pani puri

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      Moomin RE: ns1 Dec 13, 2013 05:09 AM

      The original location.

    2. TonyC RE: Moomin Dec 12, 2013 09:49 PM

      Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se's spicy dabeli has fresh pom.

      I fail to see anything coming out of Culver City being better than this rendition. No steam table.

      Also, no steam table to be found at Surati, Rasraj, nor Jay Bharat, so what exactly are you talking about?

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        Moomin RE: TonyC Dec 13, 2013 05:17 AM

        Try the dabeli at Samosa House west. Honestly.

        I've had the Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se version. I think Samosa House's is better. They're very different, Samosa House garnishes with fresh Masala Peanuts, whereas Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se garnishes with pomagranate or sliced grape (I've had both versions there).

        And I wasn't saying Surati, Rasraj, or Jay Bharat (my favorite restaurant in the greater LA area) had steam trays, I was suggesting that ordering from the steam tray at Samosa House is no longer necessary now that they have formalized their chaat menu... and it's really much better than you'd expect.

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          TonyC RE: Moomin Dec 13, 2013 09:28 AM

          << I was suggesting that ordering from the steam tray at Samosa House is no longer necessary now >>

          gotcha! that makes sense now. i thought the steam table comment was directed at all of Artesia. my bad.

          Of note, Rasraj is opening in Culver. I still can't get them to tell me where exactly, but it's been in the works for a long time. I s'pose it'll be between Zam Zam and Jasmine?

          1. re: Moomin
            westsidegal RE: Moomin Dec 14, 2013 05:48 PM

            just returned from having dinner at Samosa House west.
            had the dabeli, Dahi Puri, and the Papri Chaat.

            gotta say that the infatuation that i used to have for this restaurant in the old days has been rekindled.

            also, had tastes of a couple of the steam table offerings.
            definitely a BIG improvement over what happened when the chef turnover first occurred and everything became bland.
            the saag was back up to speed. also, the bhindi is back up to snuff and then some.

            moomin: thank you SO SO much for bringing this place back onto my radar. *

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