March 12, 2010 3

Bombay Cafe (West LA)

By in 11: West LA

The indian restaurant Bombay Cafe on the west side is one of those places that I passed by often, but never tried. We finally ventured in one day to switch up our workday lunch stables.


The interior is roomy and bright. Good sweet Lassi.


Sev Puri $7 – handmade puris (crackers) topped with onions, potatoes, three chutneys and lots of crisp chickpea-flour noodle. Very tasty~ It is sweet, sour, savory, soft and crunchy all at the same time!

They have lunch sets for weekdays. They’re luncheon sized plate served in a tin tray.


South Indian Thali $10.95. masala dosa (a crisp rice crepe filled with turmeric potatoes), uttapam (a semolina griddle cake topped with tomato, onion, green chili and cilantro), south indian style lentils, and coconut chutney. I especially like the uttapam. The potatoes inside the masala dosa was quite moist.


Non-Vegetarian Thali chicken or lamb curry served with vegetable, green salad, chickpeas, basmatirice, and plain naan. Delicious though it is very luncheon size.

The food is tasty and not oily nor heavy like most Indian places, but the portion is a bit small. Hence it felt rather pricey in general (the ‘but it’s the west side” tax?)

Bombay Cafe
12021 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064

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3 Responses to “Bombay Cafe (West LA)”

  1. driving by says:

    Food is really excellent there, but, as you said portions are rather (very) small – it’s getting a bit pricy. Wine selection is nice, but really too expensive. Still, food tasted really good.

    Not so good was our waiter experience. He ran by our table every 2 minutes, interrupted our conversation and asked us by answering his own question: it’s really good, huh!

  2. Waka says:

    Maybe I will try ‘Sev Puri’ next time, it looks good:)

  3. driving by says:

    Waka, I did try ‘Sev Puri’, totally enticed by the photo and description of it posted. It’s a great photo for sure, it’s disappointing too, for sure. I found it dry and dusty – not to mention that looking at the photo one might think this is a full plate or something. By far not. It’s a tiny plate with tiny crackers. Please post your impressions when you had time to visit this place! We visited ‘Annapurna’ on Venice and while the decor is a bit on the basic and somewhat bland side, the people who work there are the real deal as is the food: great food, half price as Bombay Cafe with silly waiters 😉