Lawrence of India

10032 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


  • Sun-Mon, Wed-Fri 11:30am-10pm
  • $$
  • Catering, Delivery
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
Hidden in the back section of Lawrence of India's menu are a dozen or so items listed under the heading "chef's specials." On certain nights there is chouriço, a platter of rough smoked sausages heavily lashed with vinegar and ground chiles (a product of Portugal's 450-year colonial rule over Goa), and sorpotel, a thick hellfire gravy tinted dark purple and stocked with fried bits of cured pork. The shakuti is pretty good, too, a chicken curry concocted from a blend of macerated coconut, white poppy seeds, and a gamut of ground peppers. If your waitress asks, insist on the spiciest level; the layered heat of Goan food isn't as intense as you'd imagine it to be, and lower heat levels often leave the curries tasting dull and flat.

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