We went on a quest to find the best Indian restaurants open for take-out or delivery in Los Angeles, CA. Let’s face it, with the Covid-19 still lurking around, many restaurants we loved in LA are now closed, and those top lists and recommendations online are outdated. Not our list!
After extensive research which included calling establishments, we found 10 awesome Indian restaurants offering delivery/take out service during these awkward times.
So, who’s up for some spicy food?
Here are the best Indian-Pakistani delivery-takeout restaurants in LA you need to try today.
1. Abhiruchi Grill
Abhiruchi Grill is all about quality. From freshly made samosas to tandoori chicken and from aromatic curries to steamy biryani, you won’t be disappointed. Talking about specialties, biryani here might be the best in the city — abundant and authentic; it’s hard not to love. With a perfect location in Venice Blvd, Abhiruchi Grill is a top alternative to quench your cravings.
Al-Noor is a Lawndale Indian and Pakistani Halal restaurant. The Halal meat is certified, and the rest of the ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. Featured in Mr. Eric Greenspan’s ‘The best thing I ever ate’ T.V. show, Al-Noor is now as crowded as restaurants get. Don’t miss out on their Tandoori Sizzlers, clay-oven specialties with the loveliest smoky and spicy flavors.
3. Ar Biriyani Kabob House
Here, everything is made from scratch and with two branches, one in Downtown LA and another in Korea Town, they’re reliable sources for fantastic Pakistani and Indian Halal food at all hours. Ar Biriyani is obviously famous for their kebobs, but they have pretty tasty South Asian dishes too, including a lovely and super cheap Rice Pudding.
Cardamom brings a more contemporary take on Indian flavors. Previously known as India’s Oven, this place makes good use of authentic clay ovens, but the food presentations are totally avant garde. Start your dinner with an order of Chutneywala Paneer, stuffed cottage cheese with mint chutney, and work your way towards tandoori jumbo prawns or an awesome lobster cooked with coconut. They deliver food within five miles from their location in Beverly Blvd.
5. Grand Bawarchi
For traditional Indian dishes and wholesome biryanis, Grand Bawarchi is hard to beat; they use Indian spices masterfully. Check out their lunch specials, vegetarian and non-vegetarian combos that will keep you satisfied the whole day. From their main menu, you’ll want to try the Bawarchi Boneless Chicken Dum Biryani and a side of garlic naan bread. What a treat!
6. Lal Mirch
Lal Mirch has the most flavorful Chicken Tikki Masala in L.A., and you can order it mild or super spicy. Their veggie samosas are crispy and golden delicious, and don’t get us started on their lamb kebabs; they’re cooked to perfection in a real tandoori oven.
7. Royal Curry Cafe
A star in North Hollywood, Royal Curry Café has elevated Indian food to new heights with ten years of hard work. It all has paid off because the restaurant has a huge fan base. Because you must try it all, we recommend starting with the assorted appetizer with chicken tikka, lamb tikka, seekh kabab, samosas and onion pakora. After that, try the ‘Dinner for Two.’ It comes with soup, chicken tandoori, curry and even dessert!
8. Samosa House
What you want from an Indian restaurant — a family-owned operation that has grown into four locations across Los Angeles. The menu varies from venue to venue, but all include gorgeous samosas, the house’s specialty. Don’t miss out on the Breaded Cauliflower Fritters and the Samosa chaat, mashed samosa with chickpeas, veggies, chutneys, yogurt and sauces.
9. Tandoor India
For a reliable meal, food that never disappoints, you must reach out to a classic L.A. restaurant, and that’s precisely what you’ll find in Tandoor India. Nothing fancy here, just heartwarming, authentic dishes that taste like homemade Indian food. Check out the Chicken Pakora, deep-fried and served with hot mint sauce and sweet tamarind sauce. For a sea-scented meal, the fish tandoori, marinated mahi-mahi with Indian spices, is quite unique.
10. India Sweet House
Indian food is more than tasty rice, golden chicken and luscious curries, sweets are lovely, too, and the best ones come from the India Sweet House. They’ve been around in Los Angeles since 1981, and they make the meanest Barfi Pista (Milk, cheese, sugar & pistachio) and Ladoo-Pini (Chickpea, flour, butter & sugar). This iconic place offers fantastic savory food as well, especially their vegetarian main courses and their bread; try the bread!
The Best Of….
We hope you enjoyed this current selection of great Indian food in the area. Before you go.
If you find a restaurant not on this list, hit us up!