Is It Any Good?

Indian in Studio City.

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Man, I did a lot of Indian food this week (okay, last week). I don’t know what came over me.

Part of it was the fact that while driving to Ramen Jinya in Studio City, I saw yet another pair of Indian Restaurants close together. (Since I’ve already gone over that story, we’ll move on.)

Bollywood Cafe (#1 in this case) is the restaurant I saw paired up against the nearby Lal Mirch. From the outside, it looks like an un air conditioned dive, but it’s not. It’s actually quite nice and comfortable inside.

A bit quiet…it seemed for a while there, a majority of the business was To-Go orders, but as I sat and ate, things picked up.

Bollywood Cafe is apparently, a chain (of the small and local variety). I’ve been around places like this all my life. The restaurant this reminds me of was Hunan Treasure in suburban Maryland. Big nice space for diners, who never came all that much, but there was practically a line going out the door for To-Go orders.

Sit, order and bask in the variety. The new rule I have for myself is whenever I eat Indian now, I look for the Chicken Tikka Masala, and then order something else. In days gone by, I always get Chicken Tikka Masala. I even get it in skewer form at the House of Blues. I need to broaden by Indian palette so I need to warned and do other things.


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Last time in an Indian Restaurant, I learned a new word: Sagh, which means Spinach. So of course, I learned myself a new word: Aloo, which means Potatoes.

And since I’m in such a learning mood, why not combine them together?

Yes, that means I got the Sagh Aloo, and it wasn’t bad. Thick cut, hearty potatoes in a nice curry with Spinach and spices. Spicy good. A touch bit better than what I hard at Lal Mirch just across the street, but what I had at Lal Mirch wasn’t too bad.

I have also availed myself of the Matar Paneer, which is something I’ve had before. It’s Peas ad a Homemade Cheese. Think more of a Tofu texture than say shredded cheddar. This version was far creamier and spicier that one I had before. Much, much tastier.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Strangely enough, and this has NOTHING to do with the restaurant. There is a Marijuana clinic next door, and apparently this clinic feels the need to post a Security Guard outside their establishment. (Because you know how amped up those Potheads can get.)


PARKING: Yeah, you’re kind of on your own here. You’re basically parking along Ventura with the Meters. Be prepared to hoof it a bit. Maybe a block tops.


Bollywood Cafe (No. 1)
11101 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Tel: (818) 508-8400


Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m