Not feeling like braving L.A. traffic and the parking competition at Makkah Halal, we tried India's Flavor for dinner last night. Only two of us, so couldn't sample a wide variety of offerings, so we went with three favorites: samosas, chicken saag, and dal tarka.
We chose the meat samosas, which are filled with a combo of lamb and chicken, and these were delish! Nicely spiced, and their chunky version of mint chutney went quite well with the meat filling. I don't see these offered at too many other restaurants, and I will be dreaming about them for days :)
The chicken saag was equally good - big chunks of chicken with creamy, flavorful spinach. Spicy, but complexly so - not just the "you asked for spicy, so we threw in a bunch of chile" variety. The dal, while not bad at all, was a bit on the bland side. However, I liked that it was thicker than most, and that it didn't migrate all over my plate!
When the owner took our order, he asked how spicy we wanted it. We asked for medium-spicy. After our food arrived, he came back to check that we were satisfied with the heat level, and when I commented that next time we might go for full-spicy, he brought out some chili sauce for us to try. Quite honestly, the food was good enough without it, but I was impressed by his attention nonetheless.
Overall a good experience - will definitely go back. Still doesn't compare to my beloved Makkah, but far better than any of the Pasadena offerings, easy to get to, and easy to park.