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Restaurants, Indian Downtown Historic Core
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
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Time Out says

DTLA's modern Indian restaurant is a family affair, with a father and sons team comprised of chef Pawan, Arjun and Nakul Mahendro. White tiles and black chalkboard walls meet color block banquettes and a central art piece, while vintage Bollywood posters and aluminum tumblers straight from the motherland add authentic flair. Sit at the bar, upstairs or along the sidewalk and take in the Bollywood movies projected on the wall as small plates arrive at the table. Start with street cart classics such as addictive Punjabi Fish Fry; crunchy papri chaat chips served with masala-flavored potato and chickpeas, yogurt and tamarind and mint chutneys; or fried samosas—choose between traditional or butter chicken. Meat eaters can fill up on the lamb burger or spiced mango pork belly, while old schoolers can opt for butter chicken, good ol' saag paneer and tandoori oven faves like naan and Badass Chicken Tikka. Thirsty? New World wines by the glass and bottle and a limited, yet impressive, selection of CA-local beers by the bottle and can. There are also bottle selections that would make any Indian proud—Limca and ThumsUp, India's version of Coke, and ice-cold Kingfisher lager to quell the heat. If that's not enough, cool down your palate with housemade yogurt lassi in cardamom or mango.



Address: 108 W 2nd St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-10pm; Wed 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-11pm; Thu-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-Midnight; Sat 5pm-Midnight; Sun 5pm-10am
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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You can smell the flavors coming out of this place from around the corner! This is truly Indian food at its finest. I think we ordered just about every item on the menu (we had a large group), and there was nothing that wasn't tasty. If you like Indian food, this is a must go to place.

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This is one of my favorite DTLA spots to go for dinner before a show at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or Walt Disney Concert Hall. It doesn't get crowded until a bit later, so it's easy to get in, get full and get quickly. The menu is such a fun mix of traditional Indian dishes and amazing fusion options—I love the snack foods, like the chili cheese naan and the two-bite fish fry. And the cutting chai is a perfect postprandial drink to keep me awake during whatever show I'm headed to!


Seriously incredible. A creative take on traditional Indian dishes, as well as fun mashups like Chicken Tikka Poutine (which alone is worth the trek). Other favorites: Butter chicken samosas, chili cheese naan, butter chicken in general.


Yummy, though it veers to the expensive side. Described often as an Indian Gastropub, the food here is Indian at its finest.  We sampled the Crispy Yogurt Puffs, Chicken Tikka Poutine, and some other amazing dishes.  Spice level knocked out a lot of the cuisine for me unfortunately (due to my sad tolerance levels), but those who crave heat will find plenty to nom.  It's a small space, so without reservations, you will most likely have a wait.  Parking can be tricky as it's downtown and directly adjacent to Civic Center (which has very limited street parking), unless you're willing to valet.

 Badmaash draws in the mid 20's-early 30's crowd so it's definitely a hip place to be.  The interior is done very well and the 2nd floor seating is definitely a plus.  However outside of the ambiance and interior design, the food was just not that good.

Badmaash isn't your typical Indian restaurant but marketed more as a FUSION - what the fusion is composed of, I still don't know.  I tend to veer away from fusion restaurants because they're very experimental and for me usually miss the mark - In this case, it missed the mark.

A totally awesome and unique restaurant in many respects. Essentially, Badmaash is an Indian gastropub. I remember the samosas and Naan being particularly delicious. Their menu features an interesting assortment of dishes that are both familiar and inventive. Overall, the restaurant is a fun food experience and their plates are usually something you won't get elsewhere. Depending on what you get, the meal can quickly turn pricey. But if you're downtown and in the mood for something well-crafted and flavorful, definitely stop by.

Like totally, it is rad, awesome and narly dude. It is tight, fly and off the chain. Now that is what I am talking about. It is by far the best in the industry in terms of value, price, quality, selections, etc. Two big giant thumbs up.

This is such a great place for fun Indian food! The design of the space is super eclectic and colorful and makes you feel like you're immersed in the color and sound of India! It was even featured in Design Sponge!!!