Authentic Nepalese cuisine can be found at Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine, a cozy, hole-in-the-wall restaurant on Venice Boulevard in Palms. Tara’s stands out with its thatched “hut” roof over its porch, and though the space inside can feel a bit cramped, the large outdoor patio is heated and comfortable. Tara uses fresh ingredients and light seasonings to create Indian-influenced dishes, mostly with a vegetarian lean. There’s the garlic tofu and vegetable momo, tiny steamed or pan-fried dumplings filled with mushrooms and served with a sweet tomato coulis known as achaar. Menu items are reasonably priced, especially at lunchtime, when you can order a thali, a combination plate with an entrée, mustard greens, basmati, daal, raita and naan. Other staples like chicken masala or vindaloo are found on the menu, along with more unusual items like the Sherpa Stew, vegetables simmered in a hearty broth with spices, and served with noodles.
Jaipur Cuisine of India shares more than its name with the bustling city of northern India: it celebrates the region’s culinary heritage. To create its menu of authentic tandoori treats and chicken, lamb, and vegetarian dishes, the owner dutifully shops for fresh ingredients and spices himself, choosing components that are free of artificial flavoring, colors, or bionic implants. What results is a smattering of curries, vindaloo, biryani, and house-made desserts that speak to both authentic Indian tastes and the Californian palate. The soft pinks and golds of Jaipur’s décor encourage relaxation as guests munch on piquant masalas, creamy paneer, and fresh bread from its toasty clay oven.
A favorite option for Westwood residents and L.A. Westsiders in general, India’s Oven has more than ten years of experience in serving up curries, masala and naan. Weekdays are the busiest in the room’s burnt sienna dining area, thanks to an all-you-can-eat buffet that lasts for three-and-a-half hours. The vegetarian entrées also set the restaurant apart, with at least seventeen different items listed for a la carte dining, while the Vegetarian Delight remains a favorite dinner combination. Diners can stop by the Oven’s Westwood Boulevard storefront for a night of vindaloo and masala, but for those not willing to search for street parking, neighborhood residents have also made the restaurant a go-to delivery option.
Meticulously prepared dishes brimming with fresh ingredients greet palates at India’s Tandoori Halal Indian Restaurant, a celebrated Hawthorne eatery with a full menu of Indian cuisine. Taking its name from the clay oven often used in Indian cooking, the restaurant serves up signature morsels such as tandoori game hen and channa masala, a Punjabi-style chickpea dish laden with spices. Clay-oven-baked breads known as rotis accompany savory main courses, and desserts in the form of rice pudding add a sweet-ending note to a symphony of flavors, much as most conductors conclude orchestral pieces by distributing brownies to the audience.
Named for a princess of Mughal legend, Anarkali celebrates the cuisine of India with a menu of fluffy flatbreads, mouth-watering curries, and charcoal-roasted tandoori treats. Cooks draw on the culinary traditions of Bengal and North India, breathing life into every meal with fresh blends of spices created to complement the texture, taste, and singing voice of each dish. Guests absorb the exotic aromas and flavors of the restaurant's ever-changing menu from 11 a.m. to midnight, savoring the delicious tastes of vegetarian plates, rich sauces, and juicy roasted meats every day of the year.
Amid the golden glow of orange hanging lights, Manas Indian Cuisine celebrates India’s rich cultural heritage with a menu of exotically spiced traditional dishes. Chefs stir up house-made chutneys and yogurts, yielding savory sauces easily sopped up with sides of fresh-baked naan and poori bread. Crispy starters sizzle in 100% vegetable oil devoid of cholesterol or trans-fat, and the spiciness of curry-laden lamb, seafood, and chickpea dishes can be customized to each diner’s request. A selection of beers, cocktails, and wines by the glass or bottle cools tongues without flash-freezing dessert in liquid nitrogen.