This Indian Restaurant You Should Addi To The List
Apr 14, 2009
Back in the day, @jrjohnson and I were first introduced to Indian food as we were roving our way throughout the lands of India. As young, adventurous college students, our palates so simple at the time, we demonstrated tremendous vigor and diligence in trying to make sense of the most complex Indian sauces and spices. Our journey of planes, trains, automobiles and rickshaws... avoiding cows jaywalking the streets it seemed like at every turn, we roamed from Madras to Calcutta all the way above the northeast tip of India to Darjeeling…
While the large majority of our shipmates were on the pre-arranged bus tour to the Taj Majal, our adventurous and spontaneous spirit took us on an entirely different travel path. What we didn't realize, that in part, our Indian voyage turned into an inadvertent quest for the best naan (also spelled nan, clay oven baked leavened bread) and curry dipping sauces offered throughout the different regions we explored. Now, certainly over the lesser exotic of roads, one can really find a comparable culinary wonder by way of Sepulveda to PCH to Torrance Blvd…
Did you know that in all the Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the best Zagat rating for Indian food resides in Redondo Beach? At least for the year 2006 anyway, Addi's Tandoor on Torrance Blvd owns that designation with the highest points in food with a Zagat Survey rating of 26 (Excellent to Perfection). @marlenegray, who is no stranger to Indian cuisine, shared this opinion after a recent visit, "We have been to most of the Indian restaurants around the greater San Fran area, this is as good, or if not better, than any of them!".
I have found a good way of sampling the various cuisine at Addi's is with the Mixed Tandoori Plate; Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, lamb sheek kabob and shrimp. Ordering the entree, it comes with rice, lentils, a yogurt sauce and a generous portion of regular naan. For two people if you were sharing, I would recommend as a second dish the vegetable curry (mixed vegetables in a mild curry sauce). Due to my naan/curry sauce roots, I still believe you need to have at least one curry type dish that you can mop up with the naan. I find that these two dishes compliment each other rather well for a two-person order and is an appropriate amount of food..
If you are going with a larger group and still adopting the Indian family style of ordering, you can really have some fun exploring their menu. I have tried and really enjoyed the Rogan Josh Lamb (lamb curry cooked in the traditional kashmiri style) and the Chicken Tikka Masala (tender chicken cubes cooked in aromatic and delicious zesty tomato and ginger sauce). Both highly recommended by the staff and both certainly did not disappoint!
This quaint, unassuming restaurant surprisingly features some nice wines on their menu. I am normally in the mode of the half bottle of Steele, a Carneros pinot noir for $18, but you can certainly go ‘big' if you wish, as example they offer two different bottles of Opus One cabernet, the nicer a 1985 at $495 a bottle. But don't let this change your opinion of this casual place, it has anything but a snooty wine vibe, I've been in shorts and tennis shoes and did not feel the least bit uncomfortable. I've always found the overall food prices to be reasonable..
You can check out their website, www.addistandoor.com, you'll find their menu, press and background, including information on the proprietor, Addi Decosta, and his Goa cuisine influence if that is of interest. I also enjoy Al Watan on Inglewood Blvd in Hawthorne, which is Pakistani food, although I find the cuisine at both to be extremely similar. I give Addi's Tandoor the edge, particularly for dinner, due to its nicer ambiance and an overall finer dining experience.
I'd like to think my palate has come a long way since the Semester at Sea days, but I am certainly no expert when it comes to Indian cuisine. If you have ever been or decide to go to Addi's Tandoor or if there is another Indian restaurant you fancy, I'd love to hear your opinions.. Perhaps my quest has only just begun!!