Traveling to India Has Never Been Easier
Written By: Jessica Gomes and Luis Lopez
Los Angeles is full of great eateries with influences from all around the world. You have Chinese food on every block and Mediterranean for the health seeking. Diners can enjoy American and Coastal fare that Southern California seems to love. We have French significance for the foodie lovers and now, with more restaurants than ever, Indian food is the up and coming desire to make your taste buds dance. Here we list the top 5 Indian eateries in Los Angeles that will invite you in to try their ethnic and authentic flavors.
Walking along the street of Beverly Boulevard, Cardamom in green-lit letters decorates the street corner. It’s a peach building with a small patio in front, which doesn’t prepare you at all for what comes when you open the door. Upon entering you are greeted by a gorgeous bar and friendly staff to your right, with well-lit ceilings and architecture that makes you stand and admire its interior. It’s a small, cozy restaurant with traditional Indian color influence like bright oranges, reds, and blues. You are led to your white table cloth dinner table that is loaded with options for glassware, so you can try a few different options from their amazing wine list.
As you sit and are handed a menu, the server explains a few of their favorite options, along with their specials, bringing out a choice of dips to try with your baked potato crisps. Sparkline or flat; they serve the best of both types of water for your convenience. We suggest starting your dinner off with their champagne to toast the night and cleanse the pallet.
For appetizers, try their Jhinga Patiapoori, a zesty sweet and sour jumbo prawn dish that will surely satisfy your cravings. Pairing wine to tame their spicy flavors isn’t hard when you ask your server their suggestion—they get it on the spot. For your entrées, we suggest sharing family style. Mix up the choices with Badami Malai Murgh— a tender chicken dish cooked with cream, yogurt, ground cashew nuts with a hint of cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, Sabzi Curry—a mix of fresh vegetables cooked in the chef’s own curry sauce, and their Jhinga Patia— tiger prawns cooked in a zesty hot and sour sauce in parsi style. Don’t forget to order your favorite rice and naan to soak up the left over sauces. Indian Restaurants In Los Angeles
7233 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
With amazing lunch specials every day, Electric Karma is the place to be for a funky, low-lit ambiance and Bollywood movies streaming while you dig in and listen to some house music jams. Their menu consists of traditional Indian flavors, and if you fancy (as most Angelinos do) sitting outside, their open-air courtyard will surely catch your eye. You will find a broad range of people who enjoy this upscale Indian restaurant, from celebrities, to the local neighborhood folk. They are attracted to their unconventional Punjabi cuisine and the Hollywood hipster style flair.
Start off with their Samosas, a popular Indian snack consisting of vegetarian turnovers stuffed with potatoes, peas, spices, and herbs and served with tamarind chutney. For your entrée, go with the Nirvana Chicken— grilled chicken in a coconut masala curry with chili. Don’t forget to order the cheese naan to soak up the remaining sauce. If you’re not in the mood for poultry, try the lamb curry— lamb cooked in tomatoes, garlic and curry accompanied with their garlic naan to satisfy your senses. You can’t go wrong with their whimsical décor, authentic cuisine, and upbeat vibe to enjoy the flavors of India with friends. Indian Restaurants In Los Angeles
222 1/2 West 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Indian food is known for it’s traditional spices consisting of tamarind, cloves, and cardamom just to name a few. However, trying the Indian influence from a different region such as the exotic locations of Tibet and Nepal will surely spice things up while dining out. Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine brings you a homey, casual setting with indoor and outdoor sidewalk seating; if you don’t feel like dining out they also deliver their wonderful flavors to your door step!
This Indian restaurant caters to their patrons’ interest; they love finding out if you have ever visited the Himalayan region of India and if you have ever had a dish from this region. If you say yes and that dish is not on the menu, their executive chef will gladly make it in their kitchen to satisfy your needs.
Start off with their samosas, served with mint and tamarind chutneys. Next up, order their Kothey Momo Chicken appetizer made with chicken dumplings, pan fried and served with fresh tomato achaar or relish. Since you came to a Himalayan restaurant, go for the Nepalese dishes; try the Aloo bodi tama— a comfort food staple consisting of bamboo shoots, potatoes, and black eyed peas. The Pokhareli chicken is a mild poached chicken plate that is sautéed with coriander and mango powder and garnished with cilantro. You will surely be transplanted to the Himalaya’s with the assortment of flavors and spices that fill your senses at Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine.
10855 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
If you are searching for a more refined Indian venue to dine at, make your way to Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills. Since 1985, this stylish restaurant has been the go-to place for Indian cuisine for stars and locals alike, maintaining a following due to its exceptional and traditional menu. With its high ceilings, jewel tones, art and artifacts that fill its interior, the ambiance is elegant and timeless, earning a reputation for being the oldest and most esteemed Indian restaurant in the Los Angeles area. Bombay palace serves a lunchtime buffet for your mid-day break from 11:30-3:00 pm, providing excellent service that carries on through the evening. Don’t worry about trying to find a parking spot at this Beverly Hills gem, as they provide parking, so you don’t have to worry when your stomach is grumbling. Start your meal with the Aloo Papri, a traditional “street food” item made with a medley of chickpeas, potatoes and flour crisps that are topped with chutney and yogurt. Next up, go for the Lamb Chops, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, or all three! Don’t forget to get some naan to accompany your meal (they make theirs in a traditional tandoor oven) along with their delicious Basmati Rice. Indian Restaurants In Los Angeles
8690 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, California 90211
This restaurant was named after the legend of a beautiful maiden who died in a romantic tragedy. Anar Indian takes you to Northern India and Bengal, preparing their food items as they would be in their homes. Each dish they prepare is influenced with spices from the four corners of the country that are delicately blended to create unique flavors for your palate. Each dish will have its distinct flavor made with spices, prepared fresh each day. Start off with the Vegetable Samosas to keep it traditional. Afterward, move on to the Lamb Korma— a curry cooked with ginger and garlic in a mild creamy sauce. The beauty of their preparation is that they will customize the spice to your liking. Wanting it very hot? Let them know. In a mild mood that day? They’ll be sure to keep it cool.
1807 N Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Are you famished but don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your home? Annapurna might have you covered. If you’re within 3 miles of the restaurant you can have amazing Indian food delivered right to your door for a small fee of $4.99. Annapurna has vegetarian and meat-loving dishes as well. Whether you want to stay home or go out Annapurna is a great choice.
10200 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
If you talk to the people at Badmaash, they’ll let you know that they pride themselves on the fact that they are not your typical Indian cuisine. With plates ranging from papri chaat to spiced lamb burgers, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to eat. Homemade samosas are made daily for only $4 and it’s definitely worth stopping by just try out “The Traditional” or the “Butter Chicken.” Badmaash strives to get fresh ingredients daily so you’ll always know your food will be full of flavor.
108 W 2nd St Ste 104
Los Angeles, CA 90012
You can’t beat the prices at the Jasmine Market—most dishes are less than $10 each, which means going in and eating like kings. Be sure to arrive early during the lunch hour—you’ll soon see why this place is so popular.
4135 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230