Pasadena is fortunate to have a very diverse ethnic population. Any time you crave a cuisine, you can usually find it right here in town. Lately, I’ve been exploring some of the local Indian restaurants and have come up with some favorites. Although many menu items are the same or similar, each restaurant has a special presentation of Indian food, leaving you wanting to go back for more.
Tibet Nepal House
Tucked into an unassuming corner on Holly Street, Tibet Nepal House gives guests a warm welcome and an expansive and rather exotic menu because it covers multiple countries: Tibet, Nepal and India. While all the cuisines share similar flavors, they are slightly different and the menu delineates each region that a dish comes from. Dining at Tibet Nepal House was the first time I had ever seen yak on a menu, so I had to try it. While I found the meat to be tough for an American palate, the flavors of the Himalayan spices were quite delicious and I recommend giving it a try.
36 E. Holly St.
All India Café
All India Café was one of the first places I ever ate at in Pasadena, and it remains a favorite place to eat, not just for nostalgia. While the menu is an expansive mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options that are all good, I could make a meal out of the crispy sev puri appetizer and a mango lassi. While many restaurants allow the wafers and noodles to become soggy with chutneys, All India Café somehow ensures that they are always crispy and just the right mix of sweet and spicy. Be sure to check out the website for special deals and offers.
39 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
Akbar Cuisine of India
Although the food at Akbar is delicious and tasty, it tends to make a few departures from traditional Indian food. The restaurant is much more modern than many of its counterparts and tends to mix Indian flavors with some creative twists, such as Tandoori bison, soft-shell crab and mango cheesecake. If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy Indian food, then this is the place for you.
44 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 9110
New Delhi Palace
Located on the second floor of a shopping center that also houses a bakery and Vietnamese eatery, the New Delhi Palace is a popular lunch venue, thanks to its reasonably priced and very expansive lunch buffet. Located across the street from the discount movie theater, the New Delhi Palace is a special treat when catching a show. The well-decorated restaurant offers views of Colorado Boulevard, as well as plenty of space between tables so that you don’t feel as though you are encroaching on neighboring diners. You can choose from the buffet with rotating favorites or opt to order off the menu, which offers classics like Tandoori chicken and palaak paneer as well as more intriguing choices such as shrimp coconut masala and catfish masala.
950 E Colorado Blvd. #205
Pasadena, CA 91106
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