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Opening Alert: Akasha Richmond's Sāmbār Serving Samosas in Downtown Culver Tonight

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The Indian-influenced eatery is here.

Sāmbār, Culver City
Sāmbār, Culver City
Matthew Kang
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.

Akasha Richmond’s new Indian-inspired restaurant Sāmbār is finally here. After taking a peek inside the unfinished space not long ago, the place has come together in a big way, and is currently soft-open for dinner in downtown Culver City.

The former Ford’s Filling Station interior has been whitewashed away and made a heck of a lot sunnier, thanks to some skylight action and a clean decor by way of Ruth Black from RTR Homes. Blond wood tables and inviting seating make for a comfortable atmosphere, complete with bar seating and a second run of high-backed stools that peers into the kitchen, and sits right in front of the behemoth old oven from the Ford’s Filling days, which Richmond has repurposed into a sort of horizontal tandoori oven.

The menu is a ride through just about every region of India, from the southern spice ports to heartier Himalayan fare. Richmond isn’t purely motivated by authenticity here, but rather is using well-known flavor profiles like masalas and vindaloos as a bridge to more California ingredients and preparations.

Sāmbār is currently open for dinner only from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays, and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Look for lunch service to come soon, though.

9531 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA