An exciting new Indian gastropub called Badmaash is now officially open at the historic Higgins loft building at 2nd/Main near Downtown LA’s Civic Center, right across the street from the LAPD unofficial dog park. Badmaash replaces what used to be Charcoal Grill (a nondescript and forgettable Mexican eatery that shuttered in 2011 without much notice).
What impressed me immediately was the complete transformation of the restaurant space since I’ve seen the “before.” The space has gone from generic and drab to an absolutely amazing design. Simple, refreshing, modern, and comfortable are the words I would describe the new Badmaash interior space with soaring ceilings and just the right amount of color to enliven the beautiful textured white walls. The colorful horizontal banded mural is the stunning centerpiece upon entry into the restaurant.
The talented co-owner of Badmaash, Nakul Mahendro, who also designed everything from the space to the restaurant’s branded image, explained to me that Badmaash (Hindi for “bad ass”) is a modern and authentic take on Indian street food. The cuisine is non-pretentious and remains true to its Mumbai “street cart” roots. The menu consists of such delicious varieties like Masala Chickpea and Potatoes, Chicken Tikka Poutine, Crispy Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly, and the Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken).
Badmaash is currently open 7 nights a week for dinner with lunch hours coming in the near future. To see full menu, click here.