Badmaash
Badmaash

Badmaash

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.badmaashla.com/
  • Phone: 2132217466x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH
    Monday to Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    DINNER
    Monday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Tuesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Wednesday: 5:30 - 11:00pm
    Thursday: 5:30 - Midnight
    Friday: 5:30 - Midnight
    Saturday: 5:00 - Midnight
    Sunday: 5:00 - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Contemporary Indian, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Chef Pawan Mahendro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: ask us about catering options! let us take care of everything!
  • Private Party Contact: Badmaash 2132217466x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: huge parking lot and structure behind the building.
A word from Badmaash
BADMAASH is an indian gastropub in DTLA.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Badmaash reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (70)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (37)good for groups (26)late-night find (22)great for lunch (22)special occasion (16)romantic (10)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • YUMMMMM!
    markdmarcVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love this place. I've been here 3-4 times and everytime we have a great time and great food! It's just a cool vibe and the food is really great Indian food. It's just fun and highly recommended....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Indian Food Delight
    SP67
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Warning - the food is a bit spicy. However, that being said, the food is totally delicious. For sure, all our senses were exploding with joy. The portions are small. We went with friends and we ordered many plates and shared. This is one of the first restaurants in a long time that we had so much fun trying new dishes. The restaurant is a "hole in the wall" find. The service was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    SimonsVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place is amazing - great food, excellent service and very innovative items on the menu. I highly recommend this restaurant to foodies as well as to people who like to have a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • in food love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    never fails in service or food. took some friends here for first time Indian food adventuring and made a convert of our friend. Aside from enjoying each others company and great service, we got him to experience some great food that he now loves. Thanks Badmaash for never letting us down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went on a Thursday night and hated everything about the restaurant. The neighborhood was sketchy, the restaurant itself was not upto standard, service was slow and sub-par and overall the food lacked flavor. The chicken tikka kebab tasted like boiled chicken with little flavoring. The entrees were disappointing and the tandoori roti was hard as brick. The owner has a good story and I had been wanting to go for a while, but I won't be ever going back.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Indian goes fancy
    samsara
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My friends and I loved our dinner here. The food was so good, our service impeccable, and the decor was fun with the old Bollywood posters. Keep in mind that they are pretty strict on the reservation window so make sure you can all get there on time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    ColeTrain
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This restaurant offered us great food at great prices. We were very happy with the experience we had here and can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • UKrain
    UKrainVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It's a shame this restaurant doesn't operate in a bigger space. The dishes are bursting with flavour and innovative. LA doesn't have the best selection for indian food, so Badmaash compensates. Try the Butter chicken. It is a combination of the classic dish mixed with methi, a herb that needs more PR in the west for it's flavour and ayurvedic properties. The lamb vindaloo is spicy and again Badmaash does a good job of modernising this dish while keeping it close to the original. The service is second to none and the waiters and waitresses explain and recommend the food with authenticity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fun take on Indian classics.
    ruthmorris
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great to see Indian cuisine reconfigured here with some novel twists that don't stray too far from what makes Indian food so delicious. The samosas are out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent Indian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Hard to get tasty Indian food in Los Angeles. This place is a find. Delicious food, imaginative menu, great service. Can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just excellent !
    malibudining
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Inventive and delicious. This place is very cool. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian Food Lover
    FunNight
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I live right around the corner and was excited about this new spot in my neighborhood. This place has always looked busy and as an Indian food aficionado (i.e. dozens of Indian weddings and honorary ISU member), I had to try this new spot. With that said, I usually go with the traditional stuff my first time at a restaurant. Hoping that I found a local spot to get some good Butter Chicken, I was sadly disappointed. There was barely any cream in the sauce - overly tomato-y (is that a word?). The rice and the naan were separate orders and although the waiter and the service was excellent, the food was just ehhh - mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Little too pricey for Indian Food, but great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food/hectic environment
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The traditional and fusion dishes were very flavorful. The mussels in a coconut curry sauce and the butter chicken were stand outs. The lamb vindaloo had a great sauce too and super spicy (and I can eat very spicy foods). The portions are smaller and the price is higher than traditional Indian restaurants. It's a very small restaurant and very popular so need reservations. The service is good but being very busy it feels very hectic and you can only order once we weren't allowed to add on any items after the initial order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great DTLA spot!
    Vegasfoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We saw Badmaash on the Food Network and decided to make it a destination for our LA vacation. We were not dissapointed. The butter chicken and samosas were fantastic. The service was great. The owner took his time to come out and make sure we enjoyed our food/visit. I've already recommended to a few locals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Bad
    Shodo13VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Badmaash was, as always, super-good! We had the Pickled veg dish, with Samosa's to start - awesome. Then the Butter Chicken and Saag Paneer - double awesome. So good and so flavorful. Great atmosphere and great servers - everyone always seems to be happy here. Gotta love that too, its just as important as the food. We've been several times, and we'll be back again I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best ....
    Jasmeer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is one of the best ever Indian food I had in USA. This took me all the way back to India, how good actually the food tastes there. We had few things before our night at Edison and this is a great find. I would highly recommend this place. Butter chicken is awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    SunshyneyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We came for Restaurant week and ordered off the Dine LA menu. My favorite was of course the Ice Cream Sammiches, but I also ordered Butter Chicken Samosas which were delicious! The side order of naan was great as well, and the Chicken Tikka Masala had a nice bit of spice added to it. We sat in the upstairs section which was cool, lots of Bollywood posters on the walls. It was very loud and echoey, and the tables were so close together that we felt like we were part of everyone else's conversation. But the food was so great, we will definitely be heading back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ran out of too many items
    YummyEating
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We ate at Badmaash during restaurant week/Dine LA. The food was excellent, as was the service. The Dine LA menu offered a choice of 3 entrees. We were informed when we tried to order one of the three items that the restaurant had run out of the main ingredient. My dining companion tried to order an appetizer but was told the restaurant had run out of the item she ordered. The restaurant also offered a choice of 3 dessert, but they ran out of one of the three items. It just seems that, given that it was Restaurant Week for which Badmaash offered a very limited menu, they would know that the demand for those items would be relatively high and would order the ingredients accordingly to accommodate diners who would be ordering from that menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not what we expected
    DowntownerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This would be great for neighborhood hipster types. Not for someone expecting a traditional Indian Food experience or dressed from an office job. Loud hip hop music made it difficult to hear the server, though they were accommodating about turning down the volume. The tables were too small to accommodate family style dishes. I would do take out in the future. The summer veggie medley was delicious, as were the short rib samosas. Best veggies ever in an Indian restaurant. The chicken tikka dish was tasty, but not what we expected. They had a seasoned rice pilaf dish and plain naan, but again, no traditional biryanis or seasoned naans. They also had beer, wine and soft drinks but very limited options for otherwise for non-drinkers
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicken Tikka Poutine? Yes, please!
    nomnomgrrrl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband, friends, and I went here a week ago. After seeing Chicken Tikka Poutine as an option on their menu online, I just HAD to go here. The place is cozy and you can carry on a conversation very easily. We happened to go during Dine LA restaurant week and I went with the $25 Dine LA menu which consisted of an option of 3 different appetizers, entrees and desserts. I chose: Pork Tacos as my appetizer, which were heavenly; chicken tikka masala as entree and the rice pudding dessert - both yummy. And of course…chicken tikka poutine which was to die for amazing. This is a great restaurant and they put a fun twist on your normal Indian fare. If you love your tastebuds, get thee to Badmaas, stat!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian in DTLA
    AKoh
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Came here during DineLA week with a few girlfriends. We actually ended up just ordering off the regular menu since we wanted to try a ton of stuff. The food was amazing. The short ribs were tender and juicy, full of flavor. The samosas were crisp and not too overwhelmingly oily. The tikka masala was the perfect amount of heat. Our server (Jeffrey?) was absolutely amazing and provided wonderful suggestions. There's a parking lot on Spring or Main Street just around the corner from the restaurant. The mango mousse dessert was one of my favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian fusion..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Place is a little small but food was great and the servers were attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food!
    Horn2tr
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Highly recommend the chili cheese Nan! Anything on the menu is a hit! We tried the fries with the spicy dipping sauce
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so good
    MoeMoneyMoeFood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food - one disappointment is that their signature poutine dish wasn't on the DineLA menu. Also, service is ridiculously great - friendliest staff I've ever met.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Downtown
    TJGdwntwn
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Nice to have a second choice of Indian food downtown. This place is happening! Great location and vibe is upright! Friendly staff, explain food choices with details. Presentation is good along with speed of serving your dishes. Left feeling content on the great spice flavors on our choice of dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keep coming back
    rrjjVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Keep going back for the "badass Chicken tikka" & find something new and equally great every time. Recent highlights have included chili cheese naan, sweet & sour spiced pumpkin, crispy tamarind glazed pork belly & spiced lamb burger. Place has a great vibe from soundtrack to service as well as fellow diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Indian Food Ever!
    insearchofgreatfood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We ate at Badmaash to celebrate a birthday. The food is excellent. They not only create classic Indian dishes but add a flare of gourment and creativity to the dishes too. We started with the Samosa's and ordered more and more.....We loved the butter chicken and the traditional. We went to the spicey lamb sausage, which was excellent. And the short rib, which melted in your mouth. That combined with the naan bread and rice and the sauces made for a great Indian feast. We ate early as we had tickets to the Groundling theater. We were late...due to traffic...and there was no problem with our seats. The service was great. The wine list was adequate and the beer list was outstanding. We will definitely be back!!:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Badmaash is Badass
    EATxDTLAVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Authentic Indian with a modern twist. They treat each customer like another member of the family. Especially fond of the Chana Masala (chickpeas) and the lentil soup. Also love the Mango Chutney. Make sure to try a Chai tea and Mango Mousse before leaving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience!
    PrisimVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I am glad I read your article in the United Aiways magazine! Great food and wonderful service! Highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place....
    markdmarcVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food is just great. The place is great. A fun time. Really good environment....lovely service...just a cool place...Great Indian food. Funky neighborhood...but who cares???? Badmaash supposed to mean Badass....that it is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looking for something comparable..
    SoulCal
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    To SF's Curry Up Now, and boy was I wrong. You can't even compare them. Badmaashla offers a distinct and unique menu that satisfies and hits every note of your palate. I ordered their Spiced mango pork belly with a side of naan and Ghost chili lamb vindaloo for my friend. We were both impressed when they first came out. They weren't heaping portions at all---but their flavours did pack the punch that left us at the right about of full and satisfied. The wait time was reasonable---I mean, that's if you want quality food which is what Badmaashla delivers. I'd say keep up the great work. I'll definitely be coming back for seconds ;]
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great!
    Ox13
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    On the verge of being too cool... It came from the attitude the hostess had. I guess being a hostess at a popular restaurant can go to your head?! Guess what .. your still a hostess.First when we arrived with a reservation she tries to sit us in a table between two massive party groups on the second floor it almost seemed like a private party up there it was crowded and loud plus with an empty first floor. My wife said no way and sat herself down on the first floor seating where we ussually sit. Our meal Was great we paid the check and left the restaurant. AGAIN the "too cool" hostess reappears and chases us down the street thinking we left without paying the bill! How about u check with your server first before you act foolish again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first badmaash experience!
    YummYummInMyTummTumm
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    First of all, the only reason I chose this restaurant is because of the name. I have reviewed yelp and instagram to see what Badmaash is all about and it just looked amazing so I had to go there. Going there for the first time, my friend and I ordered Chicken Tikka Poutine, Butter Chicken Samosas, and Sheek Kabab. I would definitely go back for the Chicken Tikka Poutine and the Butter Chicken Samosas. Both my friend and I agreed that the Sheek Kabab tasted a bit strange as in it felt like something was missing. Other than that we had a great experience, the server was very enthusiastic and assisted us with giving us options and made sure we have a great first time experience. I loved the concept of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    HungryHungryHippo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Although there are plenty of folks in the know, but if you don't know now you know. Baadmash is A+ food, A+ service, with an A+ ambiance. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Good Vibes
    Lovethefood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We loved the food we ordered and our service was really great. I was stuffed, but am so glad I made myself try a bite or two of the chai mousse. It was outrageously delicious and worth coming back for alone. I am looking forward to coming back so I can try more dishes. We also liked the decor, and the intimacy of the space with the vaulted ceilings.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Experience Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I just want to say Mediocre food, okay service and the WORST HOSTESS EVER WHO ACTUALLY IS A HORRIBLE HUNMAN BEING. I have been michelin starred restaurants around the world and have never met anyone who is so obnoxious and rude. Will never recommend this place to anyone and will definitely make it a point to make sure that every food critic I hang with to give this restaurant awful reviews. The owner needs to revamp his staff and hire people who are considerate because then the mediocre food and service can be forgiving when at least the people and the service is nice.
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  • Badmaash
    markdmarcVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Evidently means Badass! And...it was. Really good Indian food in a totally fun settting. Great crowd...great food...what more could you ask for? Really enjoyed ourselves....We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prepare to be Amazed
    JoshL
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our first visit so we decided to go more traditional "Indian" to set a benchmark. We started with the "Butter Chicken" samosas. They were beautifully seasoned and the fried shell was so very light. The homemade mango chutney complimented these samosas perfectly. Frankly, the freshest Saag Paneer we've ever had. Yummy! And the chicken Tikka Masala held it's own with a nice little kick to the flavor accompanied by the fresh baked naan. And to top it all off, we ended with the creative vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between the world's best selling biscuits from India called Parle G. The entire staff was delightful, from the hostess, to our waiter, Jeff, to the owner Arjun. We'll will be back to explore more of the tempting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 29 reviews are from the Badmaash reviews archive.
  • Not bad!
    LibraryRat
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Pros: great food, enthusiastic service, convenient for theaters and courthouse. Cons: way too loud, cramped, somewhat overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic