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  • East India Grill Defines “Hole-in-the-Wall”Treasure

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) East India Grill  has aged gracefully from its original 1986 cutting-edge format, complete with performance kitchen and fresh ingredients geared toward the lighter California palate, into a funky hole-in-the-wall ethnic landmark.  But its classic menu with consistently strong, clear flavors, along with f...

  • Akbar Restaurant: The Secret is in the Sauce (read Spices)

      (Gerry Furth-Sides) The secret of what makes an Indian restaurant a standout are sauces, and spices are  secret of those sauces.  They are the secret of Akbar Cuisine of India Restaurant top ten Los Angeles Indian Restaurant rankings for the 30 years they have been in business, with all five spaces remain family ow...

  • Thirty Years of Award-Winning Classics at Taj Mahal, Encino

    Glassed-in Taj Mahal, awarded Best Indian Restaurant in Encino many times over, sits on the second floor overlooking the hills, with an outdoor patio for good weather day dining. It is a light, airy, pretty dining room with graceful salmon cloth napkins on turquoise over white tablecloths.  It is a must try not only for Indian...

  • Taj Palace Regal Cuisine in Pacific Palisades Village

    Dedicated second generation chef-proprietor, Sunny Multani, resides over the regal yet friendly dining room and the kitchen of  Taj Palace, tucked into the side of a Spanish-style building off Sunset Boulevard in the heart of “small town” Pacific Palisades.   No wonder, Biryani Rice, the most regal style of rice...

  • Rare Southern Fare at Annapurna Indian Vegetarian in Culver City

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Dosas in all their glory have a starring role in Annapurna Southern Indian Vegetarian Restaurant’s new menu.  They are so much fun, so satisfying that carnivores won’t notice the absence of meat. The Culver City restaurant, acclaimed as one of Los Angeles’ best Indian restaurant, may be named afte...

  • Jaipur (Northern) Cuisine of India in a Southern Party Setting

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Enter what feels like a whitewashed Southern garden party inside the French glass doors of Jaipur Cuisine of India, doors away from the Westside Pavilion addition.  Pink is the color Jaipur, the city in India and here it is as well.   The chairs may be lacquered black but you can hardly see them; […...

  • Award-winning Chicken Pankhuri at India’s Oven, Brentwood

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) They are described simply as “Wing-shaped chicken drumsticks marinated in Chef’s Secret Sauce” under the “Non-Vegetarian Appetizer section of the menu. But India Oven’s Chicken Pankuri earns “best starter,” award, chicken or otherwise, anywhere as soon as they arrive at table — a spunky r...

  • Breaking the Rules at India’s Tandoori Brentwood

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) The dessert that arrived on a long, narrow plate was a mystery until we tasted it.  The Gulab Jamun in a couli of Rice Pudding combined freshly made milk balls, deep fried to a rosy brown in ghee and simmered in a light rose water syrup, and a pudding of basmati rice cooked with sweet […]...

  • Manchurian Candidate A Dish at India’s Tandoori Brentwood

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Manchurian Candidate, Gobi Manchurna, new on the menu at India’s Tandoori Brentwood menu is an Indian Chinese Fried cauliflower dish, very popular in India both on the table and as a street food. It is a perfect example of adapting a dish from another culture and evolving it with both cooking and seasoning...

  • At India’s Clay Pit: (Don’t) Take my Chicken Tikka Masala. Please.

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Tikka Masala. Chicken Tikka Masala. The most frequently ordered dish in an Indian Restaurant continues oddly on, especially since it is not even really Indian. And there are so many other dishes to try. So why not “Take a  different authentic dish instead.“ The new India’s...

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