Woodland Hills: Great India Cafe

mango lassi

mango lassi

Happily we discovered Great India Cafe was open later after we got out of a movie. We had been driving up and down Ventura before we spotted the Indian restaurant. Yes, even though we could have used an electronic means to figure out what was open, sometimes we like to drive around to see what looks good.

Great India Cafe does have a cocktails list but I disregarded it in favor of a good ol’ mango lassi. I hadn’t had one of those in a while. Like some spots doing boozy horchata, I would like see Indian restaurants add booze to these drinks instead of trying to make cocktails from mixes.

lamb korma

lamb korma

My best friend always gets the lamb korma and I usually get the shrimp saag. I really struggled to break out of my Indian food comfort zone so I got us the cauliflower stuffed bread.

 

cauliflower stuffed bread

cauliflower stuffed bread

 

It looked and smelled amazing but it actually lacked seasoning. Fortunately, it comes with a great sauce.

shrimp saag

shrimp saag

 

And then I went back to my shrimp saag. I had never been to Great India Cafe before but I found it comparable to other Indian spots in the area. I liked how thick the spinach curry was. My friend’s lamb was also quite good. But I like to feel virtuous by eating a mainly veg dish.

garlic naan

garlic naan

 

We also enjoyed garlic naan.

vegetable birayni

vegetable birayni

 

And the veggie birayni was very nice. Sometimes I find Indian rice to be an afterthought but this rice was flavorful and not dried out at all. I didn’t even need the raita (yogurt sauce) to mix in.

Great India Cafe seems to do better delivery service in the evening but I wouldn’t mind eating there again. And maybe I’ll try something different next time.

Great India Cafe

21926 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364  —  (818) 992-6270
 
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