On a dark stretch of Sunset, you approach a non-descript black metal gate. You literally have to buzz the doorbell for them to remotely buzz you in. Upon entering, you see a dark patio with about 6 metal tables, most with plastic/metal umbrellas. Its drab and uninviting. As you wander to the back of the patio, you see a dark door that looks like it may be the kitchen. You open the door and its like youve found a hidden temple-oasis. Its red walls reflect a soft light. Its ornate, but not over-the-top. The smells are wonderful. Its small and cozy, so sometimes theres a wait.
The menu is not very descriptive, so we asked the waiter what to order. He suggested two of the entrees, the Tanjore Double and the Punjab Glory. He said those dishes had everything they serve.
They amounted to two large divided steel plates, each with a sampling of different foods. What immediately strikes you is the Masala Dosa. Its a long (this one is about 12) fairly thin rollup with a tasty potato filling. The wrap is thin and crispy, and a little spicy. Ive decided every ethnicity has some form of burrito (French crepe, Chinese Mu Shu, etc.), and this is the Indian burrito. You dip it in a brown souplike sauce that adds a richness to the flavor. You can also just eat the soup on its own.
Right next to it is a little lentil doughnut thats served with a chutney and raitha that you can dip it in. In the other little compartments on the plates were various curries and other vegetables. We really like the green curry, but cant remember what its called. I like the variety of flavors in the combo plates.
After that first visit, we had such a hankering for the food that we took friends there the next week. Then we went back the following week. We missed a week, and then went back last night. The owner recognizes us now, and the server actually noticed that we missed a week.
The other thing thats remarkable is the way the servers treat the women. Weve been to other Indian places that were bordering on uncomfortable because the male servers wont even look at my wife. Of course I think its the best thing going because I get all the attention ;-) but its a bit awkward as my wife is obviously being disregarded. Weve actually decided to stop going to one place that we liked because of this. At Paru, they dont seem to have this problem.
Im getting a little tired of it now since weve been there so often. But after a couple months, and some inferior Indian food somewhere else, Im sure well be back.
Parus Indian Vegetarian
5140 Sunset Boulevard, Just West of Normandie
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