A unique atmosphere, creative cocktails, and delicious food make Electric Karma a must-try Indian restaurant.The Details: As we walked into Electric Karma, Nick commented, "This is the best smelling Indian restaurant I've ever been in." The great ambiance wasn't limited to just the smell. The restaurant interior is designed to look like a home interior, full of colorful murals, artsy tablecloths, and Indian chotskies. Outside, there's a patio with low-lying tables (you sit on pillows on the floor) that's good for groups. We sat inside, where there were Bollywood music videos playing at just the right volume.
When I saw the menu, I instantly loved the creativity. Even if it doesn't exactly turn out right, I always give props to a creative chef or mixologist. The cocktail menu at Electric Karma includes a Mango Martini, Indian Sangria, and an Indian Mojito (which the server confided isn't really Indian-influenced, though those other two drinks are.)
Oh, we didn't get dessert, but there was an "icing on the cake" (at least for Nick). We were seated one booth over from a famous porn star. Woo! You know Nick will be back!
We got good service, and I'd have this place as a borderline 10 Pepper restaurant, except I'm a stickler for free restaurant parking. So Nick and I actually only had to pay like a quarter to park, because the meters stop being enforced at 8 p.m. and we showed up at 7:45 p.m. on a Sunday so there was plenty of parking that was about to be free. But normally (on Friday and Saturday nights, at least), you'll need to pay for valet. I noticed that the meters (which do take credit cards, which is nice) only let you park for two hours, so I question if that's long enough for dinner, especially with a big group.
All in all, a really great experience and I'd love to go back. Oh, and a cute touch is on the way out we got an Electric Karma music CD -- I guess it's mixes they play in the restaurant? I'm not really sure as I popped it in my computer once and it was all techno, so I wasn't paying much attention. But it's a cute little party favor.
Electric Karma, 8222 1/2 W 3rd St. Los Angeles 90048. (323) 653-2121.