Indian Food Los Angeles

Coconut Lunch Box Chicken Pepper Fry + Kerala Perotta (Food of the Week)

At Coconut Lunch Box in a Canoga Park strip mall, owner Abhilash Kurian serves fiery Indian cuisine from his home state of Kerala. He replaced short-lived Biryani Hut, a rare Sri Lankan restaurant, and...
Chai Los Angeles

BADMAASH Bombay Cutting Chai (Drink of the Week)

BADMAASH is a family-run Indian gastropub in L.A. from chef Pawan Mahendro and sons Nakul and Arjun. They’re willing to modernize certain dishes in their “badass” culinary arsenal, but the Bombay Cutting Chai is...
Restaurant Upland

Ashirwad: Count Your Gujarati Blessings in Upland

No meat? No problem. It took a leap of faith to follow the lead of a Bombay-born biochemical engineer, who I met on a Thanksgiving flight from Atlanta to L.A., but the payoff was...
Chef San Diego

Sitar: Finding Indian Rhythm in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley

The soundtrack of my youth was WXRK, a radio station known in the New York metro area as K-ROCK, which played classic rock bands like Bruce Springsteen, The Who and The Rolling Stones. Guitar,...
Indian Restaurant Silicon Valley

Chaat Paradise: Enjoying Meat-Free Indian Food in Silicon Valley

Considering the relative strengths of the Silicon Valley dining scene, at least one Indian meal was inevitable. Several online resources, including the San Francisco Chronicle, recommended Chaat Paradise, a vegetarian, Gujarati style restaurant that’s...
Restaurant Sign Berkeley

Vik’s Chaat Corner: Foraging For Indian Snacks in Berkeley

In the early aughts, my high school friend Ben lived in San Francisco, which led to plenty of trips north to explore the Bay Area dining scene. Our days typically involved at least four...