There was an absolutely amazing Indian Restaurant called Akbar in Encino (Newcastle and Ventura) circa the mid 90's. The chef there was a young Indian gentleman with some of the most adventurous and tasty creations I've ever tried. He usually came to your table and let you sample his new creations.
Unfortunately, the restaurant closed seemingly without notice and ever since I have been trying to find if that particular chef ever opened another restaurant in the So Cal area.
If anyone knows where he may be these days, I'd love to know.