Like a cool substitute teacher, subcontinental cuisine lets you eat your lunch without a fork and won’t berate you for mispronouncing its name. Get A+ eats with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian fare and drinks at Akbar Cuisine of India, valid only at its Hermosa Beach location.
Akbar Cuisine of India's fresh, made-to-order menu items combine the heart and heat of traditional Indian cuisine. Savory samosas ($6.95) transfix taste buds with multifaceted flavors and spiced potatoes tied to laser pointers. A tandoor grill imparts its smoky essence to eight options, including the marinated and grilled wild salmon ($14.95 entree, $19.95 dinner), mint chicken kebab ($13.95 entree, $18.95 dinner), and chilean sea bass (market price).
Masalas come with a choice of chicken, veggies, or lamb ($9.95–$18.50), and numerous naan options ($2.50 and up) scour all wayward sauce from ceramics. The kitchen demonstrates seafood savoir-faire and sacks the spice cabinet to craft the jumbo shrimp bhuna with fresh garlic, ginger, celery, mushroom, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro ($16.95 entree, $21.95 dinner).
Diners can seal the meal with a crispily wrapped mango surprise ($6), licking the volatile fruit/chocolate spillover off of linen-topped tables adorned with a trio of sauces. Chefs prepare portions straight from the server’s mouth, requesting patience from famished feasters and over reactive town criers.
Kochi South Indian Cuisine
At Kochi South Indian Cuisine, the tandoors are always busy, whether they're puffing up naan and paratha breads or baking the spices into traditionally prepared lamb and chicken, as well as unusual house specialties. The grilled Chilean sea bass, one of the restaurant's most popular dishes, scintillates taste buds with herb-marinated slivers of fish. The unconventional twists on traditional flavors last through dessert, which can include mango cheesecake.
Chef and owner Avinash Kapoor pickles fresh chutneys each day. His staff also gives the pepper-lamb curry a hint of saffron and the prawns an unfounded rumor of coconut. The menu also features coco lamb, chicken tikka masala, and saag paneer. The made-to-order curries, in particular, make ideal diving pools for freshly baked roti.
1101 Aviation Blvd.
Hermosa Beach, California 90254Get Directions