Well, actually I'm a second-timer. The first time I had Indian food was in London a year ago, and it wasn't excellent but it also didn't keep me from distancing myself from Indian food as I have my whole life. I don't know what it is exactly, but I've never thought that the spices I smelled would really do well on my palate. Anyhow, I'm willing to give it another try, this time in WLA.
Here's a little about me - I like spicy, but I don't like coconut flavors in my food. My boyfriend said there are different types of Indian food (Tandoori, Punjab, etc.), and I should ask the hounders about that, too - as he wants to try Indian food as well (we're trying this together).
So the big question is - (1) what are the best Indian restaurants in/near WLA for a first-timer? (2) Can you explain the differences between the different types of Indian food?