Sometimes strip malls house great food finds. See, e.g., India's Grill (428 S. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles).
Mr. Monkey and Brother Monkey each ordered a mango lassi.
samosas ($3.95) and onion pakoras ($4.95) to share.
The pakoras were so deliciously seasoned and crunchy that even Mr. Monkey, who hates onions, ate a bunch.
The salad that accompanied our dinners was unremarkable.
But then came our enormous platters. We each ordered a full dinner, which comes with the aforementioned unremarkable salad, saag, chana masala, naan, and rice. Entrees a la carte, of course, cost a bit less.
Mr. Monkey's lamb vindaloo ($16.95).
Brother Monkey's chicken masala ($15.95).
Torry's tofu curry ($14.95).
Papa Monkey's lamb boti kabob ($17.95).
My chicken korma ($15.95).
There was no shortage of naan. This was just one of two baskets.
We all sampled each other's meals and were very pleased. Everything was rather flavorful. Beware that "spicy" at India's Grill actually means spicy. Too often, food is wussed down for weak Americans.
Brother Monkey's and Mr. Monkey's dishes were truly hot, so much so that BroMo even broke a sweat. I don't think I could've survived my sampling of BroMo's meal without taking a generous sip of Mr. Monkey's cool refreshing lassi. The server wasn't kidding when he winked at BroMo when BroMo asked for his dish to be spicy. Torry and I were glad we asked for "medium" spice.
Despite the deliciousness of everything, the dinner ended with lots and lots of leftovers because of the sheer volume of food.
I'm excited to eat this again tonight.