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Samosas Hit Silver Lake

By Kelly Bone

Los Angeles’ first Indian grocery store, Bharat Bazaar, first opened back in 1979. Adding a cafeteria and chaat (a savory Indian street snack) café in 2006, owner Vibha Bhojak renamed the place Samosa House, as an homage to her prized dish. Acclaimed for its vegetable-forward curries and stews—the majority of which are made without ghee (clarified butter) or cream—Samosa House quickly became the casual vegetarian and vegan-friendly Indian food bar to beat in LA.

Bhojak began expanding a few years later, opening an outpost in Culver City. Since then, Samosa House has racked up a host of "Best-Of Culver City" awards, repeatedly winning for the Best Indian Restaurant and Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Culver City.
The newest location, a colorful restaurant in Silver Lake, is the Bhojak’s most polished venture yet. Orders, both dine-in and take-out alike, are made at the counter and filled quickly. The server asks, “plain or garlic naan?” and your bread is prepared as you select the rest of your combination. A selection of braised, stewed, and curried dishes include veggie (soy and gluten) chicken in a creamy red masala, spinach saag, and the famous jackfruit curry. Your combo tray is finished off with rice and raita, a cucumber yogurt sauce, to which you can add sweet and tart chutney.

Although the glimmering curries immediately captivate the eye, the small plates menu offers equally delectable savory bites. A triangle of thin, flakey dough, the samosa is stuffed with potatoes, carrots, peas, and spices such as ginger, cilantro, and dried mango powder, and comes served with a cilantro and mint sauce, and a date and tamarind chutney. The pani puri consists of eggshell-crisp medallions of thin fried dough, circling a cup of raw onions, tomatoes, and chickpeas, slathered in rich mint chutney and tamarind sauce. A cup of dipping water infused with mint, cumin, and fennel completes the plate. Rich and refreshing beverage options complete the scene, with choices like ginger chai, rose milk, and a mango lassi—with or without dairy—to complement the sophisticated mingling of flavors on your plate.

hours

noon–10 PM daily

price range

$4.88 (samosa chaat) to $10.50 (combination plate with brown rice)
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