Busy Santa Monica just officially added another restaurant, with last night’s opening of modern Indian restaurant Tumbi. The place decided to throw open the doors early, letting in passersby for a taste of what to expect.
Tumbi is the work of longtime restaurateur and hotelier RJ Singh, whose previous gigs include the once-buzzy Tantra in Silver Lake and the greater India’s Oven group. Now Singh spends most of his time running the Sirtaj Hotel in Beverly Hills, though he’s had a soft spot for Tumbi’s corner location off Santa Monica Boulevard for years.
So what to expect now that the upscale Indian restaurant is ready to roll? For starters, no chicken tikka masala, and no samosas. Singh and chef Imran Mookhi (SF’s Dosa) collaborated to bring something slightly different to the table instead, from Afghani-style Seekh lamb kabobs to thoughtful versions of dosa, Goan prawn masala, and more. The opening menu is below.
Tumbi Craft Indian Kitchen will keep dinner hours only to start, running nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Expect lunch to follow soon, with eventual daily hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tumbi Craft Indian Kitchen
115 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA