The Electric Lotus has been a Los Feliz staple for the past eleven years. What started out as one small room serving authentic Indian cuisine has since expanded into a full-fledged restaurant complete with bar and banquet area. When I decided what restaurant I wanted to visit for my first review, I immediately thought of the Electric Lotus. It is well known not just for its tasty food, but for its tantalizing atmosphere as well.
From the start, I knew to order the Coconut Curry and the Garlic Naan. Although I have been to the Electric Lotus many times, I decided to try some new dishes. Along with the curry, my guests and I ordered the Tandoori Chicken, as well as the Palak Paneer, and the Pulao Rice. The curry selections range from mild to spicy, and we chose medium. If you like to really taste your heat, I recommend going with the spicy option. The Paneer was delicious and creamy, and the rice was very flavorful with slices of lemongrass. The table favorite, hands down, was the garlic naan. We ate it so quickly, we had to order a second serving. The tandoori chicken was practically an event- arriving on a sizzling platter smothered in sautéed onions and other garnishes.
Other restaurant specialties include the Chicken Tikka, and Broccoli Samosas. When you visit the Electric Lotus you are not only guaranteed a terrific meal, but a wonderful overall dining experience. The staff is very attentive and helpful. The main dining area is adorned with beautiful lanterns, cultural murals on the wall, and soft regional music plays over the sound system. We sat in a comfortable secluded booth, with soothing ambient lighting, and even our own private draped curtains. The place really transports you out of Los Angeles and into another world.
The Electric Lotus is a great choice for evening dining, but they also offer great lunch specials every Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:30am-3:00pm. They’re very reasonably priced ranging from $5.95-$7.95 per plate.
Although our dining experience left us with a relaxed and calm feeling, the Electric Lotus knows how to party, too. Visit them every second Saturday of the month, starting October 9th, for some live Bollywood DJing and entertainment! It’s free from 10-11pm, and $5.00 after that. So stop by and see the Masala Beat Crew for what is guaranteed to be a good time.
Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant, and will continue to go back with all of my friends and family.