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Gungadin in Studio City

Kathleen | May 11, 200501:44 PM

Hello LA chowhounds, I am normally more of a regular on the bay area board and a lurker here. But last weekend, I visited my sister in the San Fernando Valley. I wanted to take her and her fiance to dinner, and they suggested Gungadin, an Indian restaurant in Studio City. I'd never seen it mentioned here so thought I'd report. I just loved it! I didn't take notes so am reporting from memory. The wine list is quite limited but pretty reasonably priced. We had onion pakora and tandoori chicken wings to start, along with garlic naan. All solid versions of these standards.

For mains, I had tandoori swordfish, she had mixed grill and he had chicken tika masala. We all shared bites, and everything was great. I liked my fish the best: I have never had swordfish with such a meltingly tender texture. The spices complimented but didn't overwhelm the fresh taste of the fish. The chicken tika masala was a close second for me. The chicken (all white meat as nearly as I could tell) was tender and moist, the sauce had a wonderful creamy spicey tomato flavor which was very addictive. The mixed grill was also excellent. (I didn't get to taste as much of that!) We also shared saag paneer, which again was a solid version of the standard. We also ordered rice and another order of garlic naan. We were too full to try the desserts - maybe next visit. Total bill for all this with tax and generous (and well-deserved) tip for three including a bottle of wine was $110. My sister left with enough left overs for a good sized lunch next day.

They told me that they go there often and always suggest it for out of town visitors, and that it's always excellent. The place was only about half full on a Friday night, and they said that was typical. While the lack of crowds was great for us, I think it's a shame that this place seems to be undiscovered. I would recommend it highly. Hope you like it!

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