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Bharat Bazaar versus India Sweets and Spices: it's on!

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Within the lines of Culver City lie two Indian markets that also serve up vegetarian dishes on the cheap. For years I have driven by India Sweets and Spices (on Venice and Bagley) and Bharat Bazaar—aka Samosa House, don’t ask why it has two names-- on Washington and Berryman. I had heard both were specialty markets offering imports from India and Britain, and I had also heard they both had counter service where they offer customers low-priced combo plates of classic Indian fare. Mmmm, Indian food—just typing the phrase makes my mouth water. And cheap Indian food, close to home? Well, that’s even better. But the question was—which place to try Bharat or Sweets and Spices?

I did my research on Yelp, Citysearch, and even right here on the laist and found interesting but confusing results. People said the food was cheaper (but only by a dollar or two) at Sweets and Spices. Sweets and Spices also had better taste and wider selection going for it. However, I heard the people who worked there were pretty rude (think Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” for Indian food…well maybe not that bad) and that they tried to trick you into adding more costly items to your combo platter (take for example, lemon rice). I also heard Sweets and Spices wasn’t too clean. Although the reviews I read were helpful, they still left me confused as to which place was more for me. So I decided I needed to try both and do a little old fashioned “compare n’ contrast.” I am judging the two establishments on the following six categories: menu, taste, overall value, cleanliness, friendliness, ambience and market. So without further ado…

See who wins after the jump!