The Southland’s South Asian restaurants are abundant and widespread across the South Bay, the San Fernando Valley, and in between. (Of course, there’s a multitude of Indian restaurants in Artesia too. For the ultimate guide to our favorites, head here.)
Wherever one is seeking out South Asian food, one thing is certain — it travels well and reheats beautifully the following morning or (if we’re being honest) in the middle of the night. And while not always dominant in every dish, South Asian spice can be turned up to palate-blistering levels, though the diner always dictates exactly how high. If the heat is approaching 11, immediately sip some falooda or lassi, or use a squirt of citrus or spoonful of raita to help dial it down.
Eater curated a roving list of restaurants that prepares rich butter chicken, delicious dosas, abundant thalis, and beyond. Here are also places that offer LA-inspired interpretations of traditional dishes, that take the cross-cultural lens a step further to expand the definition of what makes a dish South Asian. Head to one of these 19 essential Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi restaurants in Los Angeles.Read More