In a friendly atmosphere of warmth and kindness, the Kumar family restaurant welcomes each customer with the idea that they will return for more of ... More
Chandni Vegetarian Restaurant
In a friendly atmosphere of warmth and kindness, the Kumar family restaurant welcomes each customer with the idea that they will return for more of the delicious vegetarian food from family recipes originating from Punjab in northern India. All meals are created with fresh vegetables and spices ranging from mild to as hot as you like it. The delectable homemade cheese is made on the premises. Naan and other assorted Indian breads, baked in a tandoori oven, is served hot with each meal. Customers may request vegan meals to order.
I've enjoyed Chandni's Indian cuisine since they originated in Culver City. They continue their tradition of excellence in Santa Monica. My favorite dishes are Alu Ghobi, where potatoes and cauliflower are each cooked to perfection, and Nauratan Korma which is fresh mixed vegetables cooked in spices.
The Lunch Special, featuring different dishes daily, is a great way to sample Chandni's menu and it only cost $7.39!
I have been going to Chandni for the past 15 years and I love it. Not only is the food prepared in a peaceful way with mellow Indian music and mantras playing, but the food is delicious! It is low-oil and low-salt. Many Indian restaurants have their food floating in grease and when you leave you find you are thirsty for hours afterwards--that is a clear indication that too much salt was used. At Chandni, the food is mild, delicious, and satisfying. My stomach has never been upset once after eating there. The waiters are very friendly, kind and polite. Honestly you can tell they have some kind of spiritual practice as they are not the typical rushed and often impolite staff you sometimes find at other Indian (and American!) restaurants. It makes a difference. When I eat at Chandni, it is like walking into a peaceful atmosphere--food, ambiance, and the people who work there all contribute to what makes a really satisfying dining experience. In addition, they have these great old boothes which are spacious and very comfy. It is nice to just sit and sip chai while listening to the peaceful music. No one rushes you, everyone is kind, food sits well in your tummy...ahhhhh. :)
We (a family with children) were on a trip to Los Angeles, Santa Monica recently. I love Indian food but my stomach is quite sensitive as well. I not only looked at various Indian restaurants reviews but visited four (4) of them in person to see hygienic conditions and overall appearnace of the restaurants. We picked Chandani and we were not disappointed at all. We ordered Malai Lofta, Dal, Paneer Bhuna along with parathas. Food served was fresh & hot, not oily (or buttery) and it was good in taste. Restaurant & kitchen were quite clean. We loved the food and most importantly stayed healthy. No stomach upset next day or so..I recommend this restaurant to anyone who is vegetarian & health conscious.
Dining with my vegetarian friends can be complicated. But Chandi is an Indian restaurant where we all agree that the food is wonderful. I didn't even miss the meat. I love Indian food, and this is some of the best I've had. A great neighborhood place; good value for your money.
Seems like all the food came out of a can or a package.
Walked in, and there was no one there to seat us. I had to call into the back of the restuarant to get someone to seat us. Food came out quickly, but tasted horrible. Price was cheap, but the food was so bad, it wasn't worth the money.
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