Indian in Studio City.
I don’t know what it is about Indian Places. Somehow, for some reason, wherever there’s one…there’s usually one across the street. Don’t know why? Doubt it’s a cultural thing. It just…seems to…happen.
When I first went to India’s Tandoori in Burbank, it took me a while to discover Flavor of India just across the street. A recent visit to Jaipur in West L.A. revealed the location of Nizam…also just across the street.
Lal Mirch is a quiet place. It’s unusual in that they’re not going to the Lunch Buffet route that so many other Indian places are going. No, here they expect you to order something. The dish I got was had a serious, serious kick to it. But in the end, it’s a quiet place for lunch. Slip in. Order up.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This time, I decided to go in a different direction. I’ve been meaning to break away from (what is for me) the “usual” of Chicken Tikka Masala, and try to expand my palate of Indian Taste and flavors.
Chana Masala sounded good to me. It’s Garbanzo Beans cooked in a creamy Masala sauce. It was pretty damn good, but then again…I’m with Anthony Bourdain on this one, anything Vegetarian and Indian is pretty damn good. When I come back, I might try the Aloo Sagh, which is potato and spinach cooked in Curry. The Sagh Bhaji, which is chopped spinach cooked with fresh ground spices. And Sagh Paneer (Hmmm, I’m starting to get it now. Sagh = Spinach) which is Spinach cooked with a home made cheese in a curry sauce.
Basically, the main tip I can give you know with ordering Indian food is…find a vegetable or bean you already like, then take the dive. Your results should come out pretty dang good.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: There’s nothing that’ll catch the normal diner off guard, except for the fact that Lal Mirch is one of the few Indian spots that does not do a Lunch Buffet, which is refreshing, tell you the truth.
PARKING: Tight. Parking is in back, and is limited to four spots. Expect at least two to be filled at any given time. The next best bet is the street, right along Ventura Blvd. You should have more luck there.
11138 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA
Tel: (818) 980-2273
Monday-Saturday: 11:00am – 3pm
Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm