Spent Valentine's Day at a more low-key choice, New India Grill on Westwood Blvd. (south of Wilshire). This was our second visit here, and we had such a wonderful time I had to recommend it. First of all, corkage is only $5, so bring a bottle of Riesling or Gewurztraminer for a sweet, crisp accompaniment.
The restaurant itself is simple and tasteful, and still has an intimate feel. The service is outstanding. Both visits, this is what stood out. The manager frequently makes his rounds, eager to help in any way he can, but not obtrusive. The rest of the wait staff is quietly accommodating and always accessible.
Food: The lamb tikka was a bit tough both visits. That was our only complaint on the food. The sheekh kabab (ground lamb rolled with seasonings) is fantastic. Other notables: chicken tikka masala, chicken vindaloo and saag paneer (spinach with cheese) are excellent. A good sampler to try is the mixed grill (first page of menu), which lets you sample about 5-6 different meats. (You may want to sub out the lamb tikka, though.)
Their prices run middle of the road for Indian restaurants. You're not going to score your "best" deal here, but their prices do beat out Clay Pit (Brentwood) and probably Akbar (S.M.). Before tip, we spent about $50 on the mixed grill, saag paneer, chicken tikka masala, naan, rice, one salad, corkage and one rice pudding. We spent significantly more at Clay Pit for smaller portions.
Overall, this place is worth a try. We gave it thumbs up and will probably head here, if not for service alone, next time out.
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