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New location, same flavor

India's Flavors expands from its Sparr Heights location to downtown Glendale.

October 23, 2011|By Lisa Dupuy
  • A dinner plate of mixed tandoori of shrimp, chicken and pork with a serving of naan bread and sauces at India's Flavor in Glendale on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The one-month old restaurant is attempting to build on the success of the small restaurant of the same name in Montrose. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
A dinner plate of mixed tandoori of shrimp, chicken and…

Most aficionados of Indian food living in the Verdugo corridor know and love India's Flavor, a cozy restaurant in Sparr Heights near Montrose. The food at this family-run eatery is consistently delicious. Only problem is people are often bumping elbows with neighboring diners in the tiny dining room.

Not anymore. The delightful Sikka family has just opened a second location on Brand Boulevard across from The Americana. Down a steep flight of stairs, the cavernous new space can seat five times as many people. While the place could definitely use an interior decorator, I'm happy to report the food is just as good as at the Verdugo location, if not better, and the service is unfailingly friendly and professional.

Our waiter was patient and helpful as we fashioned a meal for eight that would hit all the highlights of their menu. When looking at curries, there are a number of choices to make. First off, which kind? There's vindaloo, jalfrazie, masala, korma, coco and others. Then you choose your add-in meat or fish, or you can keep it vegetarian. Choosing the spice level, one to five, comes next. The vindaloo is the one to try at spice level five (I like it with lamb, $14). It puts beads of sweat on your upper lip and burns for a minute or two after, but while you're eating the scrumptious, creamy curry and tender lamb, it's perfection. The golden-colored korma ($11) is nice with just a little heat and features substantial vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes and carrots. The masala curry with its creamy tomato-fenugreek-saffron sauce is rich and satisfying with the tandoori chicken added in ($13).

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They have a tandoor at India's Flavor, a cylindrical clay oven that imparts a hearty flavor to their tandoori chicken, shrimp and lamb, as well as to their wide selection of outstanding naans. The garlic and onion naans ($3-$4) are perennial favorites but you've got to try the Kashmiri naan ($5). Raisins, nuts and coconut hide inside the fragrant flat bread for a lightly sweet surprise that fits in well with the spicy curries.

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