Indian…both in Grocery and Restaurant form…at the edge of Glendale…or is it Los Feliz. Atwater Village. It’s Atwater Village. Sorry.
Well, no one’s going to come to the Restaurant at India Sweets and Spices looking for ambiance. The Restaurant portion of this enterprise looks more like a Community Center Rec Room, complete with Television and Bulletin board. Then again, you didn’t come here for ambiance either, right? You here for a good, inexpensive Indian Lunch, and that you’ll get in spades.
Granted, I’ve been driving past India Sweets and Spices for…oh man, who knows how long now. I was usually on my way to somewhere else. For years, I’ve locked in on it as a Grocery Store…a Grocery Store that I desperately wanted to go into…even though I had no earthly idea what to buy.
But one day, it changed. I don’t know if it was me, if they changed…or if I just finally spotted the change, but I noticed the word “Restaurant” attached to the name.
Okay, at that point, I’m so going in.
Like I said, once you parked…it’s not the most spectacular looking place. But you figure that with a Grocery attached, these folks know their ingredients.
This is now the second straight Indian place (since Lal Mirch) that’s not doing an all out Lunch Buffet…which I gotta admit, is still kinda refreshing.
Just step up to the counter, place your order and watch it get assembled down the way. Simple.
By the time you sit down, you will be looking at quite a mountain of food. At the end of the day, I’ve had better, I’ve had worse. But overall, it’s a pretty damn good deal for lunch. There are some bones to pick (see the Important Safety Tip), but overall…not bad. Not the greatest, but not bad either.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: You’re going to be left at the mercy of whatever is under the heat lamps, but the selection isn’t bad. At India Sweets and Spices, they have Combos, hovering in and around the $10 dollar range. In my case, that meant two Curries (the incredibly Spicy Chickpea, and the first time trying Peas and Homemade Cheese), some warm Naan Bread, some crispy bread who’s name escapes me, a Salad and a drink.
The Chickpea Curry was hot as all get out. I had a momentary flashback to Chengdu Taste, but…in truth it wasn’t as hot as all that. But it definitely had a kick…and a punch…and some curb stomping involved.
The Peas and Homemade Cheese was nice. I’ve never had this dish (then again, I haven’t had a lot of Indian dishes and I’m still trying to push past my Chicken Tikka Masala limits). The Cheese was slightly slightly briny, which was the idea, with the texture of extra-firm Tofu. After the heat of the Chickpeas, I was really valuing the cooling of the Peas and Cheese. I’d have it again in a second.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Look, India Sweets and Spices I don’t want to tell you how to run your business…
Actually, I do…it’s kinda why I started this blog, so…
Anyway, its the size of the Cups that come with the Combos. The Dixie Cups you get at the store are bigger.
And it’s not that I’m trying to chisel more Soda out of this establishment, it’s just that you’re serving hot food, spicy hot food. A cooling element is more than welcome right about now, and not a cooling element so…sparsely handed out.
Long story short, get bigger cups. You’re killing us here.
PARKING: Free, but limited. India Sweets and Spices has it’s own lot, but there are what? Maybe nine spaces back there. Some of them oddly placed. Worse comes to worse, you can always park on Los Feliz.
India Sweets and Spices
3126 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Tel: (323) 345-0360
Daily 10:00am – 9:30pm