Indian Food Sherman Oaks

Bollywood Bites Serves Indian Street Food in Sherman Oaks

Sure there’s standard Indian comfort fare at Bollywood Bites, but chef/owner Sanjay Patel goes outside the box with his menu at the Sherman Oaks eatery.

The short-lived home to Andre Guerrero’s Ramen Room is now the domain of Bollywood Bites, a restaurant specializing in Indian street food. The eatery is the second outpost for chef/owner Sanjay Patel; the original location is in Westwood Village.

Bollywood Bites excels at wrapped flatbread sandwiches. Naan wrap features tandoor-fired naan. Kathi roll is a Punjabi “burrito” made with roti. And the Frankie is similar but cooked on both sides instead of just one. Choose a filling of well-spiced lamb thigh, chicken breast or mixed veggies.

Their tandoor clay oven produces proteins like bone-in chicken (or boneless white meat), shrimp, lamb chops and salmon. Other interesting dishes include lamb saag co-starring spinach; butter chicken in a tomato cream sauce; and Goa-style coconut fish curry cooked in ginger, onion, garlic and coconut milk. Sanjay also helps prove that the chicken nugget is passé by serving a shrimp-based alternative.

India’s Chinese population helped inspire some interesting mash-ups over the years, and Bollywood Bites serves three different Indo-Chinese dishes: pan-fried Manchurian cauliflower coated in corn flour and tossed in special sauce; fried rice; and chili chicken tossed with “special sauce” and Indian spices. Thali is a full eight-compartment platter that’s great for lunch featuring a choice of entree, dal (lentils), basmati rice, salad, raita, naan and gulab jamun (syrup soaked milk balls).

The space features a bar for beer and wine, small covered patio, colorful red-and-orange walls and flat-screen TVs for Bollywood music videos. The decor is nearly as high-energy as the food.

13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-855-1718

More Stories
Eat & Drink

Aw Shucks for a Buck

Tuccio’s is so much more than an Italian restaurant. The Woodland Hills establishment from Gina Shields, husband Damien and executive chef Gavin Humes features seasonal, market-driven ingredients prepared with panache and paired with many items made by hand. Since opening at the base of Warner Center Towers late last year, the spot has become known […]

People

Stand by Me

The wonderful snowball effect when one family spurred an effort to make some kids’ dreams come true.

People, Travel

Picture It…

As a sommelier, I have been lucky enough to travel to most of the major wine-producing regions in Italy. When the villa rental company, The Thinking Traveller, invited me on a trip to Sicily, it gave me reason to pause.