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Tantra Restaurant, Los Angeles

1 rating: 5.0
An Indian restaurant in Los Angeles.

Tantra is an Indian restaurant and lounge in Los Angeles, CA.      3705 W Sunset Blvd   Los Angeles, CA 90026-1527   (323) 663-8268  

1 review about Tantra Restaurant, Los Angeles

Yay, best Indian ever!

  • Aug 17, 2009
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+5
 I get excitable about various things, such as:
  • New James Cameron projects
  • New technology in all its guises
  • Places that provide inexpensive and authentic Indian food
So let's check through the month so far:
  • New information about 'Avatar' - check (looks great)
  • Google Voice beta release - check (works great)
  • Tantra - check, check check (taste great!)
I was brought here by my parents - both of which love Indian food - and had been telling me for months how exceptional it is. After years of under-delivering on superlatives, this is a find worthy of repeating - Tantra is likely the best Indian restaurant in California.

Not only does it have a great ambiance, excellent service and diverse drink selection, it's also - major big breath here - not expensive at all. Holy hell, how did that happen? You're looking at $9-12 for an entree, so using the James Beswick logic of multiple 2.5x for a whole meal, it's realistically $30/head for two courses with wine or beer. 

Particular appetizer delights include:
  • The introductory poppadoms - the chutneys are just amazing. All of them, but I especially love the green one.
  • Lemon Scallops - get this with some Naan bread since there's enough in one appetizer for four people.
  • The tasting platter - an easy way to get a sense of the appetizers.
Then we hit the entrees:
  • Specials - I recommend ordering at least one of these since I've not been disappointed.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala - my good Indian friend Ra told me it's the best in the LA and I think he's probably right on this.
  • Lamb chops - this is quite spicy but the meat is cooked to perfection.
Anyway, I'm in love. If I lived closely and earned a decent income I would be here all the time. Spectacular in every respect. One of the only things I miss about England is the Indian food - and this restaurant ranks with the very best I've had there. Long may it continue!

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August 18, 2009
People keep telling me that England has amazing, authentic Indian food, which I always found odd.  I didn't think India was that close to England!  Hong Kong has some really great Indian food, too, because of the countries' proximity and large Indian population in HK.  I'm glad to here that Tantra is just as good in the places in England though :)

I don't know if you've ever been, but Shalimar in SF is pretty good for Indian and Palestianian food, and Chutney, and Naan & Chutney (both in SF), are awesome, too!  I'll have to try Tantra when I'm in LA :)
 
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