Unlike longing for Indiana Jones, jonesing for Indian food won't leave you heartbroken when you're abandoned for a lost-crystal-skull hunt. Trade in toxic relationships for curry's favor with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of vegetarian Indian fare and drinks at Streets of India Café in Encino.
The seasoned chefs at Streets of India Café transport taste buds to South Asia with a menu of aromatic vegetarian and vegan dishes. Patrons can gnaw on a meat-free nosh such as the samosa ($4), a veggie-stuffed triangular treat ideal for teaching the Pythagorean theorem to hungry herbivores. South Indian staples include the rava dosa, a crispy crêpe engorged with spiced potatoes ($7). Dignified diners can slurp a smattering of veggie curries including the baingan bhartha, an aromatic amalgamation of roasted eggplant, onions, and tomatoes ($7). Unlike faux currency, the eatery's faux meats—such as the soy-based "chicken" tikka masala, with a creamy tomato base and rice ($8)—can be enjoyed guilt-free and without jail time.
Streets of India Café's breezy outdoor patio, shaded from passersby's neon spandex by forest-green umbrellas, is an ideal place to end an edible expedition with a plate of gulab jamun, warm milk balls blooming in a rose syrup ($3) accompanied by a creamy mango lassi ($3) that's sweeter than a Fun-Dipped Southern belle.
Streets of India Café
At Streets of India Café, savory South Indian snacks tickle tongues before chicken, lamb, or vegan substitutes leap from lakes of curry onto awaiting taste buds. Patrons lounging amid sage-green and orange décor or sitting outside beneath green umbrellas can nibble on South Indian dosas, idlis, and vadas while measuring the hypotenuse on triangular samosas. Vegan palates can swap in meat substitutes for chicken vindaloo or savor masala dishes packed with okra or jackfruit, and midday diners feast at an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
16260 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, California 91436Get Directions