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Surya report

AC | Jul 21, 2005 12:46 PM

My girlfriend wanted indian last night and wanted to go out...usually we order take out from India's Grill at San Vicente and La Cienega.

So we decided to give Surya a try since the atmosphere, parking and ambience at india's grill leaves a lot to be desired.

Food was excellent, but definitely on the gourmet side of indian. If you are looking for hearty, large portions this is not the place for you. I thought the portions were on the small side.

Here is what we ordered:

Surya special -- vegetable samosa with chickpeas (basically chana masala)...i thought this was a very good dish, execellent presentation and an interesting combination of two traditional dishes

Mint chicken -- very good dish and unique for indian food (at least as far as my experience goes)...gf loved the dish.

Mangolorean chicken (not on the menu, we had to ask if there were specials) -- thought this was an excellent dish..evidently it is made with a type of mustard and I could also taste coconut in the sauce...this was my favorite dish

vegetable masala -- uninspiring...we didn't even finish it.

naan came out blistering hot and we had an order of plain rice which was good

gf had a yogurt drink which didn't come out right and they had to sweeten it for her. I had a chimay.

service was fair...our waitress was kind of an airhead. everyone was very nice.

from what I understand, surya is really the place to go for seafood and fish...unfortunately, I am allergic so we couldn't order any of those dishes...a lot of the tables around us were ordering seafood however.

Bottome line -- a very good experience...i still prefer india's grill for their curries and portion sizes but I will go back to surya, especially if we want to dine out. it isn't as upscale as clay pit in brentwood but it has a nice space.

We called at 8:00 and made a reservation at 8:45 (this was on a wed night)...we got one of there last tables as they were quite crowded so you may want to make a reservation, especially on the weekend.

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