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Indian gastropub now open for dinner in DTLA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 10:05AM
Courtesy of Badmaash

An Indian gastropub is now open on 2nd and Main streets in DTLA, serving a selection of re-imagined Indian street food.

Badmaash is now open for dinner at 2nd and Main streets, serving an array of re-imagined Indian street food staples.

Owners Pawan and Nakul Mahendro — a father-son duo — describe menu items in a press release as "classic Mumbai street fare and bar food maash-ups" (pun-intended), which include the Spicy Lamb Burger, Crispy Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly and Hot, Spicy Indian Sausage.

Other Badmaash dishes include the Holy Cow! Keema POW! — a ground beef and pea dish stewed with tomato and cardamom; as well as the Chicken Tikka Masala Poutine that blends the traditional Indian Chicken dish with the Canadian fries, cheese and gravy concoction known as poutine.

The elder Mahendro, Pawan, is also the head chef at Badmaash. He is formally trained in French and Italian cuisine, but spent years travelling India gathering inspiration.

“If Mugambo, the most villainous Bollywood character of all time, and Chef Gordon Ramsey had a love-child inside an erupting volcano, it would be Badmaash,” said son Nakul in a statement. “My father and I are thrilled to finally bring a taste of our Indian heritage combined with our unique approaches to food to the streets of Downtown LA.”

Badmaash is located in the Higgins Building in DTLA and is meant to embody the "approachability" of roadside cafes in Bombay, India, and showcase the "colors, textures, and styling indicative of the owners' Indian roots."

The eatery is two stories with dark wood tables and chairs, brightly colored bench seating and Indian movie posters that decorate one of the dining areas. Badmaash is now open for dinner beginning at 5 p.m. and will begin lunch service next Wednesday.

Dinner menu items range from about $6 for a pair of samosas, to $16 for tandoori shrimp and $11 for a "big and beefy" burger. Badmaash also serves a selection of wine as well as Indian and craft beer.

Badmaash is located at 108 W. 2nd St.


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