Food & Drink

Downtown's only ghost chili vindaloo

Not just what happens when Z-Trip accidentally mixes the Beastie Boys with Bach, Badmaash is LA's only "Indian gastropub". The comfy space downtown is from second-gen restauranteurs whose family business killed in Canada before they moved to LA, and it features walls lined with Bollywood posters for you to stare at while enjoying craft beers and next-level Indian eats, which you'll totally drool over if you click through this slideshow, above.

Food at Badmaash, LA

You can start off with this crazy-looking and crazier-tasting tamarind-splashed chickpea-and-chips.

Food at Badmaash, LA

Or these homemade samosas, full of crazy-unique stuffings like braised short rib w/ pineapple and cilantro.

Food at Badmaash, LA

OR this two-bite fish fry, which actually doesn't bite at all.

Food at Badmaash, LA

You wanna go big? They've got this tamarind-glazed pork belly w/ homemade pickles...

Food at Badmaash, LA

... and a brioche'd-up lamb burger w/ spiced mayo.

Food at Badmaash, LA

But if you really want to curry favor, you'll, um, order your favorite curry, like this butter chicken, traditionally served at Indian weddings...

Food at Badmaash, LA

... or the ghost chili vindaloo, which will cause a Red Light Special to go off in your mouth. From the hotness. And also the TLC song.

Thumbs Up at Badmaash, LA

They've got a rotating slew of crafts (Golden Road Hef, Dale's Pale, etc), but the uniqueness is this hard-to-find Indian-imported cola called Thums Up, which's also the only response you'll be able to muster after they ask if that ghost chili vindaloo is spicy enough for you.