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Surati Farsan Mart

11814 186th St.
Artesia, CA 90701-5708
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James Gordon Thali meal


  • Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible, Family Style, Kid Friendly
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Street Parking
Stepping into an unfamiliar restaurant can be a little intimidating. The experience is even more so if the restaurant is counter service and packed to the rafters. Surati Farsan is just such a venue, but it comes with the bonus of extremely kind and patient employees. It’s located in Artesia, a town known for its Indian food. The ostensible focus of Surati Farsan is the dessert selection, which features bite-sized treats such as sesame brittle, rose-flavored coconut balls covered in chocolate, barfi — a milk and sugar combo with various toppings — and different sweetened bars made of pistachio and cashew flours. But as long as you’re there, get a full thali lunch, a vegetarian sampler platter with pickles, lentil soup, spiced vegetable curries, savory yogurt, papadam, samosa, rice and more. And try a dosa here, even though they’re comically large — whether stuffed with masala or cheese and onions, or nothing at all, this huge flatbread made of ground rice and lentils is the tangiest, most delicious way to ponder the wonder of fermentation. Grab some chickpea snacks on the way out. —Katherine Spiers

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