Bangla Bazar & Restaurant

4205 1/2 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
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Bangla Bazar & Restaurant

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  • Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
At Bangla Bazar & Restaurant on West Third Street in the strip known as Little Bangladesh, you'll find in-your-face Indian-Bangladeshi food that commands your attention. Best of all is the goat biryani, spicy rice studded with gamey-tasting, bony pieces of goat. The rice is like a spice market on a plate, studded with the heady aromatics you find in Indian-Bangladeshi food: whole cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and big, black cardamom pods. Spicy chili, too. And dribbles of yellow splotching the rice like sunshine. To do it justice, you should eat with your hands — right hand only, please — like the Bangladeshis around you, because the tactile sensation is as important to the flavor as the spices. Wash it all down with a cup of hot chai.

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