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108 W. Second St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Photo: Christine Chiao


  • Sun., 5-10 p.m.; Mon-Tue., 5:30-10 p.m.; Wed., 5:30-11 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 5:30 p.m.-midnight
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Beer/Wine
  • Garage Parking, Street Parking
To get a sense of what downtown L.A. Indian gastropub Badmaash is all about, look no further than the three samosa options at the top of the menu — each one encapsulating a characteristic of the restaurant. Owners and brothers Nakul and Arjun Mahendro, along with their father (and executive chef) Pawan, worked on a menu that would reflect a newer perspective on contemporary Indian cooking. This culinary sensibility is both cross-generational and multicultural. There is the traditional samosa, with masala potato and peas; a butter chicken version conceived by Arjun, based on a dish typically served with rice or naan ; and a short rib filling with pineapple and cilantro. The platter of home-style Indian pickles and preserves came from the custom of having them as requisite meal accompaniments. The #HotSpicyIndianSausage is a skewered lamb sausage with onion, mint, cilantro and mixed chilies, a literal take on a seekh kabab. To pair with the food, there are 14 to 16 beers and a range of cool imported sodas from India.

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