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Now Open: New Indian Gastropub, Badmaash, Brings “Bombay Street Food” to Downtown LA

Badmaash is a modern Indian gastropub now open in Downtown LA

Badmaash is a modern Indian gastropub now open in Downtown LA

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.

Badmaash menu

Badmaash menu

A beautiful colorful banded mural is the centerpiece of the restaurant space

A beautiful colorful banded mural is the centerpiece of the restaurant space

Nakul Mahendro

Nakul Mahendro

Stairway to second floor dining section

Stairway to second floor dining section

Second floor

Second floor

Bollywood movie posters

Bollywood movie posters adorn the walls on the second floor

Ghandi with a modern twist

Gandhi with a modern twist

This is how chai tea is served in Mumbai

This is how chai tea is served on the streets of Mumbai

Badmaash is a solid new addition to Downtown LA's growing list of delectable eateries

Badmaash is a solid new addition to Downtown LA’s growing list of delectable eateries

8 Comments

  1. CDW says

    Excited to see this on this block – some good options now in the neighborhood between 2nd and 5th.
    If only that space in the LAPD headquarters would become some mid-range decent restaurant and utilize that great outdoor patio!
    It’s a shame the LAPD that complains about funding has done nothing to lease that space or the ground floor spaces in their Main St. garage. Not even a sign that it’s available, just empty, dirty unused revenue potential.
    They could really help develop this part of Main St.

  2. brudy says

    It’s been packed the few times I’ve walked by. Downtown desperately needs a good indian place – Gil’s doesn’t really count. I can’t wait to check it out.

  3. 10 beers in bottles. That’s a “gastropub?” It think that’s a stretch. It looks nice and the food should be great, but that definition is being overused.

  4. Another great buildout and concept, but alas, also another unfortunate name.

  5. Love this place! Checked it out last night! Love the vibe, the decor, and the food.

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