I can see eating at Tara’s regularly because it has a lot of great things going for it including:
- It’s halfway between home and work, which means it’s close to both.
- The food is delicious in a simple and home-made way.
- Their lunch specials are a great deal considering how much food you get.
- The staff is friendly and helpful.
- They’re vegan friendly.
- The dipping sauce for the momos is tasty and addictive.
We started off with the aloo achar, which was kind of like potato salad with a curry or chutney sauce. I still can’t figure out what it is supposed to be, but it was flavorful and tasty nonetheless. It had just enough spice to perk up my appetite without being so spicy that I couldn’t taste anything after it.
Next came the steamed vegetable momos which are basically dumplings. The waitress was nice enough to let us know they didn’t contain egg or dairy for the vegan of our party after checking with the kitchen. I thought the filling was a little too mushy, but the the flavor was good. I really liked the tomato dipping sauce that came with it: tangy and salty but very unlike ketchup.
As the main meal, I had the chicken masala with a side of garlic naan. The sauce was great and went well with the naan. The chicken was surprisingly tender and savory. It was even better heated up as leftovers the next day.
The BF had the okra curry which they made without any dairy or ghi for him. I wouldn’t have said this was curry if I hadn’t known because it doesn’t taste like curry at all, but it’s still good. Some pieces of okra was tough and stringy and there were some stem pieces left in, which was disappointing. I thought it was better the last time I ordered it, but I didn’t have them make mine vegan that time.
Their garlic naan was light and puffy, but I didn’t really taste the garlic until I had some leftovers reheated the next day.
The food is decent, the prices are good, and they serve manga lassi (which I love). I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t return.
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10855 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034