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Is L.A.'s Best New Indian Food Served At A West L.A. Gas Station?
Allow us to introduce you to The Bombay Frankie Company. If you haven't heard, they've been quietly serving up frankies (or wraps) and other dishes from the subcontinent from their storefront at a Chevron station in West Los Angeles.
But back to the frankies. The so-called "Indian burrito" comes with a choice of three fillings: chicken tikka, tandoori paneer, or aloo gobhi (which is vegan). And the wrap? Choice of naan, garlic naan (both baked daily in a clay oven), or roti. Add chickpeas, jeera (or cumin) potatoes, mint chutney, tamarind sauce, and some other toppings, and voila! Your pit stop is complete.
Bombay Frankie also serves frankies in a bowl (essentially just the filling), some a la carte Indian classics (samosas, chicken curry, even daal), as well as stuffed parathas and kulchas (which traditionally use baking soda or baking powder as leavening, while naan uses yeast). Kamaljit Singh, who previously helmed Nawad Cuisine of India and Bombay Cafe, is behind the kitchen. The shop has a few seats inside at the counter, otherwise, take that tandoori paneer frankie, a mango lassi, and get on with it.
Wrapped frankies are between $8 and $10 (50 cents more for a garlic naan or roti substitute), and the rest of the menu doesn't run above $13.
The Bombay Frankie Company is located at 11261 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles. (310 )444-9241. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.