Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11am, I checked the DTLA Rendezvous Twitter feed and came across Badmaash's announcement of their soft opening for lunch. I had been meaning to go there to check out the new Indian-Gastropub in DTLA, so I immediately text my friend, Humpty, Founder of Interwoven L.A., to see if he was free for lunch. We both had a few errands to finish first, but the lunch-date was set!
We arrived at Badmaash around 1pm and found one of the owners, Nakul, sitting outside having a quick break. He warmly greeted us and walked us in. The place had a good crowd for their soft opening and amongst the seating that was left, Humpty and I agreed to take the counter seats, which, for this luncheon, were the best seats in the house!
Seated at the counter, we had the pleasure to chat with owners and brothers, Nakul and Arjun, and, as Humpty put it, "It was like eating with family." In between the brothers running out food and checking in on other guests, we chatted about Badmaash, it's name, the food, and their appreciation for food.
Badmaash, which can be translated to "bad-ass", takes traditional Indian recipes and updates them. Their dishes start with quality ingredients that are local, organic, and sustainable (where possible) and, instead of cooking them the traditional Indian way, their professionally trained executive chef, who's also their father, translates them using French techniques. What you get is very flavorful and modern flair.
Their lunch menu will be limited and rotating.
Both were served on a delicate bed of basmati rice, very tasty, and went well with an ice cold beer - they have over 10 that you can choose from!
I can' t wait to return to try their full dinner menu and to see the family again!
(Post by Carrie, Founder of DTLA Rendezvous.)