Delicious Spree LA to Z: A
LAist is going on a delicious spree around LA from A to Z. This week: A is All About Indian.
All India Cafe is a clean, bright white restaurant located on the second floor of a strip mall in West LA. (There’s also a location at 39 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena). Up until this last time, we didn’t know All India Cafe was also related to Electric Karma, a trendy sexy Indian spot on 3rd Street in Los Angeles, which we also love.
We start with samosas, deep fried pastries stuffed with a mixture of mashed potatoes, peas, and spices. All India Cafe makes them in long, narrow cones, that makes for a few big, squishy potato-y bites, and a few thin, crisp bites toward the tip. The preference here is spicy to sweet, so we add our own dash of hot sauce to the sweet tamarind chutney.
Of course, we never go without naan, and though we're not quite sure how “authentic” it is, it’s usually garlic naan. On the first visit to All India Cafe, the naan was the fluffiest, puffiest, softest naan we had ever tasted, but unfortunately, on all subsequent visits, it hasn’t been quite the same. There’s nothing like the first time.