Excellent food and service. Real flavor and tons of it.
We keep coming back. Why — great food, fun atmosphere, the servers make it easy. My suggestion - order enough (portions are not that big) and share because that way you get to explore the menu. Favorite dishes are the butter chicken and the fried chicken. Always wise to make a reservation, especially on the weekends.
Badmaash - It was a chance encounter, thanks to YouTube video "The Migrant Kitchen" and what better time to indulge when an another ad-hoc work trip brings you to LA. Situated in LA DT, in what you almost call a quaint corner, the place has a nice vibe to it (well! I could be biased, thanks to them playing Mr. India - a deserving homage to Sridevi). A restaurant is often defined by its ambience, service and how ambitious & innovative it is; but to me, authenticity plays a major part. Rather, trying to be different but not creating a major fuss about it. And that's what Badmaash does. An entrance that opens up to a buzzing sitting area fiercely trying to protect a sort of an open & cozy kitchen, followed by that first glance to Mr. India on the wall on right and elevated cieling that flows into upper sitting area. What also makes a good restaurant great is where you think everything is nice but what to pick and then your waiter comes to the rescue, picks up the vibe and helps you select your drinks and food. I got my colleague try Dahi Puri & Samosa to Ghost Chili Vindaloo while I indulged in a safer bet with Dal Makhani (often not gotten right by most of the restaurant and my benchmark still remains Dal Bukhara @ ITC Maurya Sheraton Delhi), but this wasn't about topping it, this was about having the way you probably have it at home. Also, its heartening to see when both brothers (Nakul & Arjun) take time talking to patrons and taking feedback or just a random chitchat.
I know this review doesn't talk much about food itself, cause its given that Badmaash serves some pretty good (not your typical Americanized only Indian food) but it makes it an experience for many to relate to their roots and childhood.
Go for it!
The owner was very hospitable as well as the servers. We were seated slightly before our online reservation. I can't say enough abut the yummy, tasty, fresh, and delicious Samosas, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Spiced Lamb Burger. The food was promptly served, fresh and hot! I will definitely be back!
Spectacular food. Well worth the drive in traffic to get there. Some of the best Indian food I've ever had, and in a very cool spot. Highly recommended.
The food was amazing! It's a small-ish restaurant..not bad. Its loud, but im getting old. It was pretty expensive, but the food was just fantastic. The Badass Chicken Tikka was the best. The best Indian food I've had since i was in India.
The server was a bit mad and impolite, but food was good. Tried to order the famous mussels dish, but it was out of stock at 7pm.
Great food, better service...will come back for sure. Thanks BADMAASH!!!
Amazing food. We absolutely LOVED the chicken tikka poutin! A great combination of traditional Indian cuisine and new innovations. Just simply yummy!
Delicious! Indian fusion food. Highly recommend the chicken tikka poutine, the fried chicken sandwich, the lamb burger, mango lassi and mango mousse for dessert.
Heard good things about this place so tried it out on Monday night and I wasn't impressed although the food we ordered was pretty good.
They were out of tons of stuff... Both beers we wanted, the red wine we wanted, all samosas, shortrib...
Really disappointing .
For a restaurant with such a great reputation and an expectation to be busy, they should be better on top of their ordering.
Always a great meal and experience
The food was magnificent! It was wonderful I had the lamb burger it was outstanding and the samosas are to die for
BADAASH is a wonderful restaurant! They have take Indian Cuisine and given it a modern twist! The results are dishes that are less greasy and more flavorful than 'traditional' indian fare. The menu offers both Traditional Dishes (all done with a twist), and some New ideas on how to use Indian Ingrediants in Badmaash's own creations!
The Fish dish takes what is a traditional traditionally mushy stew, and presents the fish cooked in a modern style, Crisped skin, sitting atop a wonderful sauce! This dish is a winner in every way!
The Black Daal (Lentils) are stewed for 24 hours and are smooth and flavorful, without the greasy mess so common in standard Indian Restuarants.
The Badmaash Venue itself is casual, with rather tight seating and it gets LOUD. The staff is super friendly, and clearly proud of there menu (and they should be).
The samosa's (offered in Potato and Chicken) are made from a light crispy skin, and really flavorful and fresh inside... a far cry above any other Saomosa I have found!
Badmaash falls into that GREAT CATAGORY of Casual Fine Dining. Food that is really amazingly well prepared and the flavors are great.
Delicious food and wonderful service!
Food is not authentic. It’s Americanized Indian food, a cultural zoo setup.makes a mockery of Indian food and culture
The staff were super helpful and friendly. Very knowledgeable Thanks for a great meal.
The food was great, was fresh and felt homemade. The menu was pretty meaty and few more vegetarian options would be great. We’ll be back.
Love. This. Place. Amazing food and service. Hip dtla restaurant without the pretense or bs. Great vibe and energy. Have been here multiple times and it never fails.
Great food. Chicken poutine and Lamb sausages a must. Service very good.
Only drawback very noisy.
The service was very attentive and helpful, even from the time we entered. The food tasted delicious, with the chicken sandwich having great spice and flavour. Good selection of small plates to share.
Chicken Tikka Massala Poutine was super yum as were the India pickles. Don't skip the short ribs you'll be sorry.
Food was excellent with moderate sized portions, we thought the portion size would be larger considering the prices. Beer comes in cans so you know what you're getting for your money, but the price for so-so wines seems high for a small amount of wine in our glasses.
The food was good, but overpriced for even a "small plate" restaurant. Avoid the silly $12 tandoori broccoli, it was a ridiculously small amount.
I absolutely loved it. The waiter was amazing and the food was even better. It was my absolute favorite and I loved the vibe and energy the place had.
All around great experience. Excellent service and spectacular food
Everything was delicious. Service was amazing. Would eat here everyday if I could.
Very pleased with our decision to visit Badmaash on our inaugural Los Angeles trip. Easily the best Indian Cuisine we've had in the US.
This was my second visit to Bad Maash. I wanted to try vegetarian and the waiter was very helpful, even suggesting certain tikka dishes could be prepared with paneer. The food is more than a cut above the average LA Indian dining experience.
So delicious! We ordered the Butter Chicken, the Chicken Tikka Poutine and Naan. Everything was soooo good.
BadMaash is a much needed and very appreciated good Indian restaurant in downtown LA. They have great food and I've always had good service. The place is cool tool.
A very lively place, with (I think) an Indian chef but no Indians out front, which immediately creates a different vibe from the normal curry house. A limited but innovative menu, mixing traditional and unusual dishes. We were upstairs (no good for disabled), where the noise was bouncing off the walls. It was not a place to linger, despite excellent and attentive service from Donald. Biggest criticism is the prices, of food but most noticeably of drinks. $8-10 for a small glass of wine was high, and bottles cost from $35 to $90. If I want to spend that much, I will go somewhere more relaxed and less hectic. Worth a visit, though.
Food was excellent. We had the butter chicken, pork belly and broccoli. All was delicious!
Even the chocolate pudding dessert was delectable. Service was also excellent.
My only complaint was that it was very noisy and a bit cramped. Difficult to have any real meaningful conversation without speaking loudly.
Wonderful spot in DTLA! The food tastes amazing and the dim lighting creates the perfect dinner/ date night ambiance. The servers are also very friendly and check in frequently. I am vegan and they accidentally brought me a meat dish and the waiter was kind enough to sort everything out with the bonus of complimentary treats.
Highly recommend and will come back again!
I feel like the simosas used to be better. The potatoes were in chunks this time. I remember them being mashed before. Our butter chicken wasn't very warm. But overall great flavor in the food.
Heard about them on Migrant Table. Excited to go. Disappointed In the food. Each dish was a la carte. Had 3 dishes, lamb chops; excellent; rice good ; dal very disappointing. Bland not flavorful could not taste spices. Deserts terrific. Samosas very good. Three dishes, samosas,desert; $62.00
Excessive for what we got. Probably won't go back.
Glad I finally got to make it into Badmaash. The menu is great and I really enjoyed each dish. The decor and environment has a NYC vibe which fits very well and it was a perfect place for a catch up with old friends. Looking forward to my next visit!
This is by far and away, my favorite place to eat downtown! I wish it was bigger, maybe, since it can be hard to get seated. But maybe that's part of what's special about it. It's tough to find good Indian, paired with craft beers. Just because it's Indian, you don't have to serve only Kingfisher!
My dad saw this on a LinkTV food show and chose it for his birthday lunch. The twist on Indian food was delightful. Everything tasted great! Service was excellent, the "Thumbs Up" soda is yummy. The food is a little pricey for Indian food but when you consider the twist, presentation, service, it's definitely worth it. I don't visit LA often but this was worth the drive and I recommend it to anyone in the area. Make reservations, they get busy.
I was introduced to Badmaash on KCET's Migrant Kitchen. So glad we went for dinner. A truly memorable meal. One of the best I have ever had. Great wait staff as well. Thank you Donald.