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Sāmbār Is Akasha Richmond's New Indian Concept in Culver City

The eatery takes over the former Ford's Filling Station.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

That Indian food concept rolling its way into the former Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City finally has an official name. Sāmbār (accents and all) is the new inspired concept by way of chef Akasha Richmond, who owns and operates her namesake eatery AKASHA just down the block, right in the heart of downtown Culver City.

Though the menu is still being tinkered with, Richmond plans on pulling heavily from her time spent on an ashram in India, and her many travels in the region. It’s not all naan bread and chutney though; there will be distinct regional takes on dishes, as well as some toned down stuff for unsure Americans (think salads and a lamb burger) — all done using sustainable produce, of course.

Sāmbār plans to immediately jump into dinner service when it opens later this spring before adding lunch, complete with a liquor license per this ABC notice. And if you think you’ve got what it takes to pump out pastries for the upcoming eatery, you can even apply for the gig via this Craigslist ad from last week.

9531 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


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