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9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 558-880


I love Indian food, but my favorite place closed a few years ago. I hadn't been able to find a new place to satisfy my craving until recently when one of my best friends, Akasha Richmond, opened Sambar in Culver City.

If you're looking for wonderful flavors presented in a slightly untraditional way, then Sambar needs to be on your list of go-to restaurants. They've recently opened for lunch and have some fantastic salads and Kati Rolls on the menu, if you want something lighter. For dinner, they offer a curry I thought I'd never eat in Los Angeles - Truck Stop Goat Curry. Don't let the goat scare you. If I tell you it's amazing - I wouldn't be exaggerating. They have beautiful little samosas, chowpatty beach corn and yogurt roasted vegetables to mention just a few of their vegetarian offerings. All of their sauces and chutneys are made in-house - the best! Their bar is incredibly creative, as well, with unusual spiced cocktails (using infused alcohols and flavors that are inspired by the cuisine), punches and their own take on the classics. Claire, who created them all, is a genius and you'll see her behind the bar most nights. For dessert, they serve a wonderful food memory of mine - soft serve ice cream. Oh my! Run, don't walk. You won't be disappointed.

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