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Delicious Spree LA to Z...D is for Dhaba Cuisine of India

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LAist is going on a delicious spree around LA from A to Z. Today, D is for Dhaba Cuisine of India.

Dhaba Cuisine of India is on Main Street in Santa Monica, and because it’s been around longer than some of us have been on earth, it now only has to rely on long-time loyal locals. We see the familiar yellow, turquoise, and pink painted elephant sign each time we drive down Main Street to go somewhere else, and have been telling ourselves that we will try it. It has to be good if it’s been around for 33 years without any advertising.

Though the address says Main Street, and it looks like there’s a door, the main entrance is actually on the cross-street Bicknell, through Dhaba’s back patio. About a third of the patio is open air, and the other two thirds are enclosed with wall and ceiling trellises that drip with foliage, fuschia bougainvillea and tiny white Christmas lights. It feels very much like a romantic jungle hideaway. The inside room is small, and though it looks cozy and comfortable, we took a seat on the patio to enjoy the summer evening.