Best Indian Restaurant in Pasadena

Late May in Glendale...

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Saturday May 19th 1:30-2:30pm

Bring your kids to observe a current DJing for kids class. This observation is a great way for parents and kids to understand the format of our classes as well as piquing your child's interest.

The next class starts in June with space limited to 12 students per 3 month session.

LOCATION

Beat Junkie Institute of Sound

5130 San Fernando Road

Glendale, CA 91204


Still want more ideas on what to do around Glendale? We love this article from Sunset Magazine -- it's full of inspiration for different activities!


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Catering At All India Cafe

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No matter the occasion -- business lunches, birthday parties, business meetings, large family gatherings... our catering will enliven any get together! Our catering menu features your favorite appetizers, vegetarian entrees, non-vegetarian curries, biryani, breads + rice, and sides like raita & kachumber. In addition to takeout, our Glendale location can also serve as the perfect backgroup for smaller parties. 

Just recently, USC had a private event at All India Cafe - Glendale.

Just recently, USC had a private event at All India Cafe - Glendale.

Call us for your catering needs - we are happy to accommodate any food allergies or dietary restrictions and will help you to create a menu perfect for your special event. 

All India Cafe - Pasadena: (626) 440 - 0309

All India Cafe - Glendale: (818) 937 - 9966



Since 1996, All India Cafe has been an inviting Indian dining experience that is healthy, fresh, & that shows the owners' genuine dedication to each and every guest. Discerning locals who affectionately refer to their favorite eatery as "All India" have been repeat customers for years because of the impeccable service and authentic, consistently delicious cuisine. The award-winning menu primarily draws inspiration and tradition from Northern India while infusing a bit of Southern India's flavor and flare. Everything is made fresh in the restaurant (home-style cooking without any artificial coloring or preservatives; only natural spices & fresh ingredients are used) -- the food is nutritious and comforting while being low in fat, and there are many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.

A local favorite and tradition, All India Cafe Pasadena has been voted Best Indian Restaurant by San Gabriel Valley residents in Pasadena Weekly's annual 'Best Of' Awards for the last 15 years and counting.

Vegans Love All India Cafe

We are proud to serve food that caters to everyone -- meat lovers, vegetarians, those who are gluten-free, and vegans, too! While most of our appetizers and entrees can be made vegan or vegetarian, some of our dishes are naturally free of animal products already. We will always happily tailor our food to your dietary preferences and needs, just ask! 

Our friend behind the incredibly popular Instagram account, @LosVegangeles visited our Glendale location recently for their favorite vegan lunch: Tofu Tikka Masala! Don't forget that you can ask to have this as part of our popular lunch special!

Photo taken by @LosVegangeles

Photo taken by @LosVegangeles

Another very popular Instagrammer, @veganvixenla, recently came to our Pasadena location for her perfect rainy day vegan lunch: Tofu Tikka Masala, Gobi Aloo, and Chapati! "This was the first place I had ever tried Indian food over a decade ago, and I'm so happy that they now advertise having several vegan options on their menu!"

Photo taken by @veganvixenla

Photo taken by @veganvixenla

Want to order something new the next time you choose vegan options at All India? Here are some suggestions:

Vegetable of the Day

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Palak Aloo (Gluten-free!)

Pureed spinach leaves & bite-size potatoes, sautéed with onions, ginger, green chilies & spices.

Daal of the Day (Gluten-free!

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Kabuli Cholay (Gluten-free!)

Indian chickpeas prepared in the Punjabi style with onions, ginger and tomatoes.

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Gobi Aloo (Gluten-free!)

Cauliflower & potatoes sautéed with tomatoes, ginger, green chili, ground coriander, turmeric & cumin seeds.

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What are your favorite vegan options from our menu? What are you dying to try? For the best vegan food in Pasadena and the best vegan options in Glendale, look no further than your favorite - All India Cafe!




For The Lassi Lover

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While many think of mango as the flavor of all lassis, there are actually other varieties that are very popular in their own right. At All India Cafe in Pasadena and Glendale, we serve mango lassi, sweet lassi, and masala lassi. Here's a breakdown...

Our sweet lassis infuse homemade yogurt with rosewater, but other varieties can include fruit juices like strawberry or lemon instead of rosewater. Saffron lassis are another sweet option -- these are incredibly popular in Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. Then, of course, there is the mango lassi, which is made with mango pulp. Some mango lassis have added sugar, but at All India Cafe, we prefer to serve a healthy, natural variety and keep our offerings free of unnecessary sugar by using fresh mangoes that are sweet enough on their own. 

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The masala lassi is mildly spiced, and is an example of traditional lassis that are mild and/or salty. These are also made with our housemade yogurt. Traditionally, lassis are a savory drink -- a simple and refreshing blend of yogurt, water, and spices, which can include cumin.

Lassis have always been most popular eaten with lunch, but can truly be part of any meal. The yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics and healthy bacteria for your gut, which can alleviate many stomach issues. Adding turmeric to one's lassi is an ancient folk remedy for gastroenteritis (also known as the stomach flu). Turmeric combats inflammation, so this remedy is certainly one that can be relied on!

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What is your favorite kind of lassi to order with your All India Cafe lunch or dinner? If you're not a fan of lassis, what is your go-to drink with Indian food?

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Inside All India Cafe Glendale!

We are thrilled that All India Cafe Glendale is now open! Have you eaten at this new location yet? We would love to see you! Our hours are the same as our Pasadena location... Sun-Th 11:30a–10p
and Fri-Sat 11:30a–11p.

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For our opening, our friend Richard who runs Foodie Judge on Instagram, hosted a giveaway on our behalf -- congratulations to our winner, Duckin Donuts, we can't wait to have you in soon!

Thank you to all of our loyal customers and friends who have already dined at our Glendale location or ordered delivery... we love seeing your photos on Instagram! Please keep tagging us and we will feature your food!

 

 

January in Pasadena

Now that the craziness of the holidays is over, what could be better than taking the time to relax and enjoy life in our beloved Pasadena? Here are a few events that we didn't want our customers to miss out on this month...

Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen & Royal Court Exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History

Open through February 11, 2018 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen® in 2018, PMH presents an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. From the first Royal Court in 1905, young women of Pasadena and its environs have graced the Tournament of Roses and served as ambassadors for the city of Pasadena almost every year. This unique exhibition explores the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Coronation and Rose Parade. Exquisite Coronation gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses are on display, as well as daywear, accessories, and jewelry from the Court wardrobes, all generously lent by former members of the Royal Court, beginning with the gown of Margaret Huntley Main, the oldest surviving Queen (1940 court). From the sleek satin gowns of the 1940s, to the tulle confections of William Cahill in the 1950s and 60s, and the modern-day glamour of Tadashi Shoji, the elegance of the Royal Court is celebrated. Vivid photos and ephemera documenting this century-long Pasadena tradition enhance the exhibit, including original design drawings of the Queen’s Float. A special highlight is Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses.

Group tours are available for this exhibition upon request. Exhibition tours are approximately one-hour long. Tickets: $15/person. Group size: 10-20 people.

To inquire about scheduling an exhibition tour, please contact us at 626.577.1660, ext. 26 or info@pasadenahistory.org.



Pasadena Half Marathon and 5K

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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The Pasadena Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Rose Bowl. Enjoy the picturesque course through beautiful Pasadena, passing landmarks like the Rose Bowl StadiumNorton Simon MuseumPasadena Convention Center and Caltech before a majestic finish on the field at the world famous Rose Bowl.  All participants will receive a race shirt, finishers medal, post-race refreshments and a truly unforgettable race experience.

The half marathon has an age limit of 12 years old, all participants must be at least 12 years of age on race day.


Below The Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico Exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena

Through Sunday, January 21, 2018

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The art of the 1990s in Mexico has acquired an almost mythic status in recent years, coming to represent the moment that Mexican contemporary art assumed a place in the global arena. Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico will add a new layer to the growing interest in this period by drawing attention to artists, such as Taniel Morales, Andrea Ferreyra, and Elvira Santamaría, who operated in the margins, away from the widening mainstream. The exhibition explores the alternative, often clandestine art practices that emerged during this period marked by increasing violence, currency devaluation, industrial pollution, and political corruption. Against this turbulent backdrop, artists in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and elsewhere devised alternative practices and new exhibition spaces to show work that often directly engaged the politics and economics of the moment.

Admission is free. For more information, visit: http://www.armoryarts.org/visit/ 


Friday Night Blind Tastings at Monopole Wine

Every Friday night! 

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The Playhouse District's Monopole Wine is a true gem of a store and tasting room... They invite everyone to join them on Friday night to "blind taste as many classic wines as you can muster (4 for $20)." If you guess the grape correctly in 3 out of 4, your tasting is FREE!

More info here... https://www.monopolewine.com/


Chamber Music Concert: Camerata Pacifica at Huntington Gardens

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m

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The award-winning ensemble will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major Op. 81a ("Les Adieux"), and works by Messiaen, Ligeti, Britten, and Bartók. $56.

or call 805-884-8410.


Izakaya Part 2 Japanese Whisky Pairing

The Raymond 1886 | Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 7 - 10:30 p.m.

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"A night of cocktails, food, and whisky ! Expand your knowledge while tasting through 7 very unique and rare Japanese Whiskies. Discover the unique flavors and characteristics of the individual whiskies, each paired meticulously by Sous Chef Eddie Cho's presentation of the popular Japanese Pubfood “IZAKAYA”.  We will cover history of Japanese Whisky and 1886 will feature 2 signature craft cocktails and round out the experience with dessert presentation by Pastry Chef Abby Peoples."


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Our Family Favorites

Everyone has their favorites... here are ours:

Pawandeep: Paneer Jalfrezi

This classic dish features an assortment of mixed vegetables in a very savory yellow curry sauce  made with coconut milk. The Paneer (Indian cheese) is an addition; we also offer Tofu, Fish, Lamb, or Chicken. 

All India Cafe's Paneer is unique in that we make it fresh, in the restaurant, and never, ever buy it pre-made.

Suneha: Masala Dosa

This South Indian specialty is a crispy crepe made with rice and lentil flour, and filled with spiced potatoes. It's always served with sambar & coconut chutney for an unforgettable flavor.

Harsimran: Fish Tikka (Salmon)

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Mildly marinated fresh fish of the day served with tomatoes & onions. A protein-packed, Omega-3 rich delight.

Parminder: Saag Paneer & Shahi Paneer

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Some customers love to add chicken, lamb, shrimp, or tofu to our Saag (spinach) Paneer. Our Shahi Paneer is a very creamy sauce, made completely from scratch. We cook the Paneer with freshly peeled tomatoes, and our homemade, fresh ginger & garlic paste for hours to get the amazing taste you know and love. (Shown above with tofu)

Santokh: Tandoori Platter

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Sizzling chicken (tikka & tandoori) sheesh kebab & boti kebab, with naan. What more could you ask for?!

What is your go-to dish on our menu that you never stray from? 

 

1 of KCET's 5 Best Indian Restaurants in Pasadena

All India Cafe
All India Cafe offers some of the slightly harder to find Indian dishes from the South, like masala dosa, a crispy crepe made from fermented rice and lentil flour and stuffed with spiced potatoes, lentils, and coconut chutney. Not to mention some harder to find street food, like a lamb frankie, India’s answer to a burrito with a handmade chewy flour tortilla stuffed with lamb masala, two chutneys, and marinated onions. Other complex street foods you can find are bhel puri, a mix of crispy puffed rice, potatoes. and crispy chickpea flour noodles dressed with tart lime juice and sweet tamarind chutney. Vegans will be ecstatic to learn that All India Cafe caters especially to them, eschewing traditional meat and cream heavy popular favorites like chicken tikka masala and doing a “Tofu Tikka Masala” instead, made with coconut milk.
— KCET.com

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