Ever since Maurya of Beverly Hills closed, we lamented that we had not found a new good Indian restaurant. We have not been to Tanzore, but have heard good things about it. Now we have a potential candidate, though not in the same category as Maurya.
Little India in Artesia is singularly devoid of a destination Indian restaurant. There are good places for the crowds of Indians who go there to shop - Jay Bharat, Woodlands, Tirupati Bhimas (our favorite) for South Indian, Surati Farsan Mart and Rajdhani for Gujrati (though different styles), and Ashoka for standard north Indian, Little Dhaka for Bangladeshi food (which I personally find too greasy), Shahnawaz for similarly greasy Pakistani food. But when we needed a quick meal, we would always head to Ambala Dhaba, now in its new location a bit north of the main Indian mall, but still on Pioneer Blvd.
Kabob Corner is the new Hyderabadi (Indian) non-vegetarian option opened by the owners of Tirupati Bhimas. It is downstairs from the Tirupati location in the newish Little India Mall. It is small with 4 tables of 4 and 2 tables of 2 in a narrow counter style space. So if you are lucky, you will get seated soon, or the wait could be long. The food also took somewhat long against our expectations (when we ordered there was only one other table occupied), though not inordinately long enough for us to inquire.
SHEEK KABOB MUTTON $ 8.99
(mince mutton marinated in blended Indian spices with egg ovened in tandoor pot)
Since my wife is a big seekh kabab fan, this was our obligatory nod to the Kabob in the name. While tasty, these were very small in diameter, and cooled down rapidly. You want to eat them hot. These came with red onion slivers and a slice of lime.
MUTTON BIRIYANI $ 9.99
(rice cooked with blended spices with mutton)
In India, the fabled biryanis (rice cooked with meats) are from Hyderabad and Lucknow. So this was a must try dish - they have a chicken and a vegetarian one also. The biryani was good while not outstanding. I have had better at our local Indian store in Arcadia - Nirvana (which we have stopped patronizing because of the erratic and sometimes rude attitude of the male owner) - and also a friend makes a better version. But as things stood, it was quite tasty. Next time, I might avoid this section or try the chicken version.
HYDERABAD CHILLY CHICKEN $ 7.99
(chicken cooked with onion tomato with touch of hydrabadi)
This was the outstanding dish of the night. It was quite spicy hot, as is typical of Hyderabadi cuisine (the state of Andhra Pradesh in India probably eats the spiciest hot dishes) and we asked when we ordered - and they said yes it is spicy. So we were forewarned. But we like spicy, so it was fine. This was uniquely flavorful - I am not sure what variety of chile they used, but it lent a very distinctive flavor - something that would be conceptually similar to chipotle - a robust and distinctive chili flavor.
NAANS - I am not a big fan of naans, but I have to say - WOW! This is the best ever naan I have had in my 28 years in US. No comparison to anything else I have had, including Maurya or any of the top Indian restaurants that offer a variety of stuffed naans, kulchas, or parathas. Thinking about it, I would go to Kabob Corner just for the naan and maybe one of the Hyderabadi specialties.
Since it was just the two of us, we could not order more. But we saw the other diners, who came after us, order some of the other dishes, and they all looked mighty tempting. Here are some of the unique dishes that you will likely ONLY see in this restaurant.
ANDHRA CHICKEN $ 7.99
(chicken piece marinated in blended spices with touch of Andhra flavored and ovened in tandoor pot)
CHICKEN 555 $ 7.99
(boneless chicken marinated in blended spices with essence of curry leaves and ovened in tandoor pot)
MACHILLI ANDHRA TIKKA $ 8.99
(fish marinated in blend of spices with touch of Andhra flavour and ovened in tandoor pot)
CHICKEN KHEEMA DOSA $ 6.99
(chicken kheema cooked with Indian spices, onion & tomato stuffed with home style dosa)
MUTTON KHEEMA DOSA $ 7.99
(mutton kheema cooked with Indian spices, onion & tomato stuffed with home style dosa)
RAJAMUNDRY CHEPALA PULUSU $ 8.99
VISHAKA ROYALLU PULUSU $ 10.99
(shrimp cooked in indian tangy sauce with blended indian spices)
NELLORE CHICKEN CURRY $ 7.99
(chicken cooked with onion tomato and with blended andhra spices)
GONGURA CHICKEN CURRY $ 7.99
(chicken cooked with onion tomato and gongura pachadi in blended spices)
KERALA CHICKEN CURRY $ 7.99
(chicken cooked with onion tomato and with blended kerala spices)
CHETTINAD CHICKEN CURRY $ 7.99
(chicken cooked with onion tomato and with blended tamilnadu spices)
GUNTUR MUTTON CURRY $ 8.99
(mutton cooked with onion tomato and with blended andhara spices)
AMBUR MUTTON CURRY $ 8.99
(mutton cooked with onion tomato and with blended tamilnadu spices)
GONGURA MUTTON CURRY $ 8.99
(mutton cooked with onion tomato and gongura pachadi in blended spices)
MUTTON CHARMINAR CURRY $ 8.99
(mutton cooked with onion and tomato with touch of hyderabadi)
ANDHRA MUTTON CURRY $ 8.99
(mutton cooked with onion tomato with touch of andhra)
ROYALLU IGURU $ 10.99
(shrimp cooked with onion tomato in blended spices)
NELLORE ROYALLU CURRY $ 10.99
(shrimp cooked in onion tomato in blended spices)
GONGURA ROYALLU CURRY $ 10.99
(shrimp cooked in onion tomato with gongura pachadi)
I have no affiliation with this restaurant. I just want it to grow successful and perhaps expand to a bigger setting.
18742 PIONEER BLVD
ARTESIA, CA 90701
We finished off the dining experience with a malai kulfi faluda at Saffron Spot next door, which is also a great Indian dessert store with many Indian varieties of ice cream and even flavored ices.