Ask for the best Chinese food in Los Angeles? People will tell you that you have to drive East into San Gabriel Valley. Vietnamese? It’s south to Westminster you go. Japanese? Torrence. Filipino? Artesia. Fans of Thai and Korean food (aka Me) are lucky. Those two can be found within the Midtown Lunch boundaries, just West of Downtown. But what about Indian food? Well, for that, I’m starting to think that Culver City is the place to be. Sure, many of the restaurants are vegetarian only. But the food is so good, so flavorful, and so uniquely Indian (forget everything you know about chicken tikka masala) that it’s easy to forget there’s no meat.
This realization didn’t happen all at once. When I first moved to Culver City I tried India Sweets and Spices, and was super surprised by how good it was (jackfruit is not very common in New York City.) Things got even better at Samosa House and Samosa House East. Same basic concept, but with tastier food (fake chicken and paneer FTW!) Mayura is great if you want an all you can eat lunch buffet (and meat), and I’ve heard Annapurna is good for dosas and other south Indian delights- but Bawarchi might just be the best of them all.