Restaurants , Contemporary Indian Downtown Historic Core
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Short rib samosa with pineapple and cilantro at Badmaash
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2-Bit Fish Fry at Badmaash
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Naan with cucumber and cumin raita, cilantro and pineapple raita, spiced mango jam chutney, and tomato chutney at Badmaash
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Thumbs Up soft drink at Badmaash
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#HotSpicyIndianSausage at Badmaash
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Holy Cow! Keema POW!! at Badmaash
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Spiced lamb burger at Badmaash
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Mango jam glazed pork belly at Badmaash
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Chicken tikka poutine at Badmaash

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.

Venue name: Badmaash
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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Stephanie C
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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.

Kate W
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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!