When most Americans think of India, they envision an elephant playing naan Frisbee with a giant, anthropomorphousized mango. Conjure up similarly ridiculous levels of deliciousness with today's Groupon: for $13, you get $30 worth of Indian fare at Ocean Tava, located on PCH in Redondo Beach.
Ocean Tava crafts definitive Indian dishes from a subcontinentally rich palette of flavors, serving zesty curries and tender kebabs in a swanky setting. To engage fried-pastry receptors, diners can start with potato- and green-pea-stuffed vegetable samosas ($4.95) and wash away any straggling morsels with freshly-brewed masala tea ($3.95). The menu highlights India's famed meatless cuisine, offering vegetarian entrees such as bengan bharta, a baked eggplant dish ($12.95), and saag paneer, spinach smothered with cubes of homemade cheese flavored with fenugreek ($13.95). Ravenous carnivores can sink their pearly whites into the tandoori mixed platter, an assortment of tandoori chicken, seekh kebab (minced meat), chicken tikka, and salmon, fired in a traditional clay inferno ($19.95).
Ocean Tava's interior reflects the warm yellows and oranges of an Indian spice market, with turmeric- and coriander-hued walls lined with glowing sconces and Eastern artwork. Diners seeking ocean views can quaff a mango lassi ($4.50) on the patio, equipped with heat lamps for chilly days and curry water canons to put down spice rebellions.
- This newcomer on the upper floor of a Downtown Redondo Beach shopping complex offers a midpriced menu of Indian staples including pakoras, samosas and tandoori…there is an outdoor patio where you can dine while enjoying ocean breezes. – Zagat
- Don't be disappointed by tandoori chicken that isn't bright red like many other indian restaurants. They make it without the artificial coloring, and it is natural, authentic, and delicious! I loved their saag paneer and malai kofta. – Kristen L., Yelp
1212 S Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, California 90277Get Directions