Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gone Vegetarian at Rajdhani: Artesia, CA

I've got a few more posts about Chicago but I figured I'd take a break from it and post on a place a little closer to home today. A few weeks ago, BT and I met up with her beau, JB and two of his friends. Given that one of his friends is a practicing vegetarian, we opted for a vegetarian friendly place that evening for dinner.

I'm not too familiar with vegetarian in OC/LA so I let the locals choose this one. Thus, we were off to Rajdhani in Artesia. Exiting off the 605 and heading down Pioneer Blvd., I couldn't help but notice the brightly lit shops with vibrantly colored fabrics, sounds of Bollywood spewing from speakers and the tantalizing aroma of curries. I'm thinking to myself... is this Little India? If not, then it should be. I don't hang out in this part of LA very much so I wouldn't know what the area is referred to as. 

We managed to secure a tiny parking spot and headed into Rajdhani. We were promptly seated and I immediately noticed these tin plates and bowls on the table. Almost instantaneously, a train of servers with these giant condiment like caddies came by  scooping curries, soups and various cooked veggies into the tins and hawking their breads and crackers to sop up the contents. This constant train of food definitely encourages us to keep on eating. I'd say the bold flavors and aromas make you forget this is a meatless meal. Heck, I think I could be a vegetarian if I could eat like this everyday but then I remember pork. I <3 pork remember! So... don't count me in as a daily practicing vegetarian anytime soon.

The savory part of this meal was so filling that by the time we got to the sweet part, it was literally too painful to consume the rosewater ice cream. But the icey, delicately rose flavored treat was a nice ending to a meal of mostly intense flavors.

18525 Pioneer Blvd.
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 402-9102
M: Closed
Tu-F: 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm
Sa: 11am-9pm
Su: 11am-8:30pm

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