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Indian Nightmare in Artesia!

Le Chef Magique | Jul 15, 2001 05:42 AM

After hearing an excellent review of Shan Restaurant (Southern Indian/Pakistani) in Artesia by Johnathan Gold on KCRW yesterday, I decided to take an evening and drive from LA to OC and give the restaurant a try (Indian is my favorite food!)

After 40 minutes of travel, my partner and I arrived at the restaurant. There were no crowds, but there was also no formal seating pattern. A large family of seven cut before us. Clearly getting a table was a game of "every man/woman for him/herself".

Once we were seated, which (though random) didn't take that long, our order was taken. And then we sat quietly reading every english language Indian and Pakistani newspaper....

They brought us our watermelon juice, everything seemed normal. Happily, they served tray after tray of food to the tables around us. Frustrated Indian/Pakastani families SCARFED DOWN their seemingly wonderful meals as my partner and I waited for 50 MINUTES....

We are very patient people, but 50 minutes? The watermelon juice (which was a little to sweet in my opinion) was gone, as was our enthusiasm for the food. After being told three times our food was coming in "just a minute", we got fed up, paid for the watermelon juice and walked out.

If you have a night to spare (like three hours), take your time and try the restaurant. Bring reading material, a snack (maybe some Nan from The Curry House in West Hollywood), and a whole lotta patience!

Has anyone else had this experience with Shan? Do tell....

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