A friend is visiting town from the Midwest where she suffers from a shortage of good-quality Indian food, which she greatly enjoys. She asked to eat Indian while she's out here.
Generally, when I want Indian I'm happy enough with Salome in North Hollywood or the Balti House next to the Coach and Horses......if I eat Middle-Eastern, I tend to go to one of the excellent Persian or Lebanese places in Westwood or Glendale.
Can Chowhounders help me find the best Indian around to wow my visiting friend? I live in Pasadena, my friend will be staying at The Standard on Sunset. We are both willing to travel for excellent food.
I've heard about Artesia, but never been myself. Surati Farsan Mart has been recommended to me, but it looks more like a chat/snack place more than a sit-down curry house.
Whaddya have for me, guys?