I was worried about nuts, so I called ahead and was assured that drastic steps would be taken so I would survive.
Was it ever worth it!
The place was near empty when we got there, and pretty quiet all through our evening. It SHOULDN'T be. Vegetarian or not, anyone who loves good chow should head over.
The owner remembered me from my phone call and he re-assured me he'd keep my meal nut free. It isn't ritzy inside, but it's comfy, for sure. The booths are clean and in good repair.
We ordered a cauliflower dish from the house specials part of the menu, "Gobi Manchurian", and some masala papadums to start. The papadum was a special one-covered with raw onion, tomato and spices. With tamarind chutney it was great! The cauliflower was fried in a spiced batter. I can't eat fried, so I tasted it just to see...OH WOW! It was amazing. My boyfriend, who only eats cauliflower raw or in my special soup said it was his new favorite way of eating it.
We had ordered a large sampling of main dishes. Well...large for two. I was happy to hear the owner look reluctant and tell me we'd ordered too much food. I find this a good sign of an honest and proper proprietor. I told him we would taste and take home, and he went to town.
Out came the ginger-curry eggplant(not on the regular menu, but listed on a "Friday Specials" paper on the table, with a huge sort of construction of piled flat bread. The sauce was tangy and sweet without being cloying. It had been made without peanuts, just for me, in a nut cleansed pan. The bread was great dipped in the sauce. Next, curried garbanzo beans "Chana masala" (I think curried..not sure). Very yummy.
Thenout came the huge "special rava masala dosai". It was filled with potato,onion, and chilis. It came with a lentil sauce, a coconut sauce, and a yummy smoky tomato sauce.
Ending with a great vegetable biryani. very fresh, but a little oily for my tastes (then again..most people would be OK with it)
Everything was great. Service was efficient, friendly and fast. The food was fresh and made to order. The mango lassi was yummy. We had tons of leftovers of every dish but the papadum and dosai. We had every dish, two mango lassis, one of the big bottles of indian beer and got out for under $50.
No single dish was priced above $10. They do a breakfast buffet on weekends, and a lunch buffet all week. And yet this wonderful place, which should have been packet, was near empty!
They also have a location in Artesia!
9840 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Unit A
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Lassen Street)
11833 Artesia Boulevard, Artesia, CA 90701
(at the northeast corner of Artesia and Pioneer in the Artesia Center)