The 10 Best Indian Restaurants on L.A.'s Westside
Quinoa pancake uttapam at Sambar
When it comes to the multitude of ethnic cuisines that make up L.A.'s culinary landscape, certain neighborhoods have become synonymous with certain types of food. If you're in the mood to slurp soup dumplings, you know the SGV is where you'll go. East Los Angeles reigns as the unofficial taco capital, and for those who are craving some rich tonkotsu ramen, you'll want to head over to Sawtelle Japantown.
But while L.A.'s Indian food scene is typically associated with a hub of great Indian restaurants in Artesia's Little India area, the Westside has its share of spots that can hold their own. From new openings to longtime neighborhood gems, from Southern Indian cooking to Punjabi-style, these are the best Indian offerings (in no particular order) on the Westside.
Dosa at Mayura
This Kerala-style restaurant has garnered a lot of praise over the years, and with good reason. Mayura makes use of an abundance of produce and of fragrant spices brought in from India to serve some of the best vegetarian and nonvegetarian Halal Indian food in the city. They don't mess around; the veg and nonveg dishes are prepared in separate kitchens. Dosas are impeccably crispy and stuffed with everything from mashed spiced potatoes to soft paneer cheese, the Kerala fish curry is tart, the rolled coconut and rice cakes called puttu come with chana masala, and soft appam pancakes are served with chicken curry. 10406 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 559-9644, mayura-indian-restaurant.com.
Serving a delicious hodgepodge of Burmese, Pakistani and Indian cuisine, this no-frills restaurant and grocery provides West L.A. with some lesser-seen Indian-influenced and Indian-adjacent dishes. Grab a seat on the outside patio and try the popular coconut chicken noodle soup that comes with Chinese-style fat wheat noodles, one of the succulent spiced beef and lamb kebabs, or a spiced ground chicken keema paratha flatbread. 4135½ Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; (310) 313-376, jasminemarket.net.
Boasting a lengthly menu of vegetarian dishes prepared in a South Indian style, Annapurna remains one of the best all-vegetarian Indian spots outside of Artesia. Choose from a variety of uthappams (pizza-like Indian pancakes), stuffed dosas or vegetable curries with rice and pickles. Wash it down with an Indian-style drink such as Chennai buttermilk with chili or a thick salt lassi to balance out the heat. 10200 Venice Blvd., Culver City; (310) 204-5500, annapurnacuisine.com.
While there are a few Samosa House locations around the city, this bustling market/restaurant is the O.G. location, serving vegan and vegetarian cuisine since 1979. The spicy jackfruit curry is the go-to item on the menu, but the lotus root in a creamy spicy sauce, the okra-laden bhindi masala and the spicy sweet banana curry also are worth trying. Digest your food while checking out the market's array of Indian imports, from dried teas to fragrant spices. 11510 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City; (310) 398-6766, samosahouse.com.
This Beverly Hills spot is all about one thing: executing the classics with high-quality ingredients. It's not going to blow your mind with some little-known dish you've never had before from a small town outside of Goa, but you won't be disappointed with the famed lunch buffet — or with its stand-up versions of lamb Madras, chicken tikka masala and succulent tandoori chicken. The dining room has more style than most Indian joints in the city. 151 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 246-3999, chakracuisine.com.
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