Samosa House Sunset
Samosa House expanding to Dusty's Bistro which just closed in Silverlake.
I confess, I've never been.
The site of their first place was Bharat Bazaar which was my go-to site for a all things Indian, primarily spices. And killer homemade lemon, lime or green chili chutneys sold in Ball canning bottles. All of a sudden, after all those years, Bharat Bazaar was closed!!! I was at the height of my Indian cooking at home and had to find other options without it..
I may have held it against Samosa House and just never went. My BF had lived for 7 years in Bombay and I utilized his choice of Bombay Sweets and Spices on Venice almost exclusively.
Stopped in this afternoon to see what it's about.
The interior has been gutted since Dusty's. It now has an Indian motif (not surprisingly), and you order at the counter. It's much more open than when Dusty's was in there.
It's basically Indian fast food. There's a steam table where you can order a combo of various items a'la Panda Express. And you can order off the menu, too. I think this concept would do much better in a food court or something, I'm not sure it works in a nice standalone space. It somehow seems like the space is wasted on fast food.
With a name like Samosa House, I expected more choices in the Samosa department, but you can order a samosa, or a samosa chaat.
Wanting a meal, I chose the Samosa Chaat for $4.67. It's a squished samosa in the middle of a plate, and then garbanzo beans in a kind of soup is ladled over the top. Then they spoon on some raita and sprinkle some other stuff over the whole thing. It comes on a paper plate, and it's a samosa soup of sorts. It's not hot, but it's not cold either. It's a "warm" dish with cold blasts as you hit the raita. And you'll need a plastic fork, knife and spoon to eat it. I think it would go well with some naan, but not knowing what to expect, I didn't order any. The flavors are in there, but there's a lot going on.
I left feeling kind of disappointed. I was more hungry than that, but didn't want to go through the whole ordering thing again, even though I was the only one in the place.
I probably won't go back. When I want Indian food, I'm generally not looking for fast food. The exception is Tandoor Indian in Santa Monica. There, as in other Indian places for lunch, you get to serve yourself from the buffet. It's quick, but it's on real plates, with real silverware, etc. It's more like a meal. Imho, the whole fast food (with paper plates, plastic utensils, self serve napkins, etc) is better suited for a mall when there are no alternatives. The paper plates and plastic utensils make this seem like mall food without the mall.
We'll, I am decidedly less ecstatic.
I am moving right now so I haven't refrigerator, stove, etcetera and eating out daily. Yesterday afternoon was Samosa House.
I had the $9.00 combo with white rice. it comes with 3 sides. I got Saag, Aloo Gobi and Jackfruit Curry. I added a Samosa and Hot Mango Chutney. Oh, the combo came with a plain or garlic Naan. I got garlic. I had water since they do not offer Salty
Lassi, only sweet.
It was a lot of food! The rice was okay, the Saag was thin and lest me longing for the usual addition of Panir. The Aloo Gobi was my favorite. The Jackfruit, already iffy since you can't find fresh in LA, was not okay. The Raita was ridiculous with a curious addition of sugar!
The Garlic Naan was wonderful ... Bubbly and hot. I liked the Samosa and the Mint Chutney but did not like the sweet sesame sauce that came with it too.
I,ll return, though not in a hurry. Will order judiciously.
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