There's lots of choice for Indian food on Pico Boulevard in West LA, but Jaipur Cuisine of India holds its own against the competition.
9 out of 10 Peppers = Extra Spicy
Is it weird to have two Indian restaurants cater-corner from each other? And is it weirder that I fell so in love with the first one I tried that I've gone back multiple times for Indian food, but still haven't managed to take that first big step across the street to try the other one? (I'm sure there's a "Why did the chicken cross the road?" joke in there somewhere.) Well, Nizam Indian Cuisine, I promise next time I'm on this stretch of Pico I'll walk in your doors instead, but this review is for one of my visits to Jaipur Cuisine of India, your arch-rival across the street.
Jaipur provides an intimate setting of only about 14 tables with saffron-colored walls and warm lighting. From the dining area, there's an open window to the kitchen so you can see behind the scenes. I love the transparency of being able to peer into the kitchen. I figure if it's an easy glance away there's nothing sketchy going on in there, or that's my theory anyway.
Parking is officially street parking, but there does happen to be an entrance to the Westside Pavilion's free parking garage right next to Jaipur's entrance...
On another occasion I tried Jaipur's Sunday lunch buffet with two friends who were visiting, and all three of us loved it...maybe having another Indian restaurant across the street keeps Jaipur on its toes?
Jaipur Cuisine of India, 10916 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. (310) 470-4994.
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