Pasadena >Food & Dining > Akbar Cuisine Of India
44 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110334.146632 -118.150331
Neighborhoods: West Central
The best Indian food around. There curry is really good. Both sweet and salty and not overly filled with coconut milk. perfect to go with rice and the flat bread they give you.
One of my all time favorites – I can't say enough about Akbar. It definitely is one of my all time favorites. I have an brother in law who is Indian and he loves the food here. I love the selection of healthy choices. The spices make everything just soooo tasty. I've tried almost every dish they have here. I love them all. I love Akbar!
Wonderful place – Never had Indian food before, so sampled a lot of things. The condiments were so tasty, especially the HOT green one; and the one with corn, that's almost like a side vegetable salad. My friend liked the coconut one; we almost emptied all the bowls! The crab cakes were good, but a little on the small side. The Raita, Khatta-Meetha Shrimp, Samosa and Aloo Aam Tikka were excellent. The Karahi Shrimp was fantastic; the Chicken Tikka Saag was very tasty. For dessert, the Kesari Kheer was a perfect ending; the pistachio made the difference. And the waiters were very nice and kept our table clean (we got kinda messy). The Nan was EXCELLENT. I should learn how to make it. The Dal of the day tasted like barley, which I really liked. I'll be trying more Indian food. I live maybe 20 miles from Akbar, but it was totally worth the drive. Great place!
Dissapointed – I went there with my coworkers for lunch. Their lunch specials seemed very exciting. I ordered saag chicken. It was tasteless. For extra roti ( it did not even look like a roti) they charged me $3!!!!!!!!!
The service was poor. The waitress made it look like she was doing us a favor by serving us with (below average) food.
Dinner time might be better choice.
Single worst Indian food experience we've ever had. – My girlfriend and I routinely order indian food. We just moved to Highland Park and have been attempting to find a place for good indian food. within 10 miles. We ordered take-out from Akbar, and it was terrible. The saag paneer was rubbery, the rice was dry and bland, the chicken tika masala was bland and dry, the naan was spongy and undercooked. To say nothing of the fact they'd run out of Rhoti by 9:00 p.m. It was a horrible experience, and to top it off, it was wildly expensive. We definitely won't go back. Ever.
TERRIBLE SERVICE - COLD FOOD – Service Staff is rude; even with tables open they will have customers wait 10 plus minutes to be seated and then will snap at you not to bother them they are busy and then will tell you to just sit down. The seats are badly torn and in desparate need of repair. I have been to Akbar on a few occasions; and each time I felt maybe it was just a bad day. Until this last visit; the hostess/watress "Murreill" was beyond nasty. After placing our order it took 40 minutes to recieve our food. I explained that I needed to return to work and her reply was so does everybody else. When my food arrived it was cold and dried out; I honsetly believe it was ready long before she brought ot to our table. When I mentioned this to her she actually laughed at me and no offer was made to replace it or to credit our bill; I did not eat it nor did I leave a tip. First time in my life that I've never left a tip; it's humilliating but it was not deserved. When asked to speak with management I was told she doesnt have their name and they are not available. I am apalled by their behavior and I will not return to this resturant. I have written a letter to their management and we shall see if they bother to return my correspondence. I would not recommend them to anyone; there are other Indian restuarants in the area and they will receive my patronage.
BAD SERVICE. BAD SERVICE. BAD SERVICE. – I have been to Akbar twice now and have been very dissatisfied with the service. The first time I went, it took 15 minutes just to order and even longer to get our food. I get an hour lunch break each day and this place took an hour just to get the food out. The second time I went, the waitress was very rude. Her name is Murriel and after 10-15 minutes of waiting at our table without even ordering, we told her we were ready to order and then she just said she?d be right back. As she was turning around, we could see her roll her eyes. Our food took 30 minutes to bring out and was cold. She never came back to our table. Then as we were leaving, we told the waitress our food was cold and that she was rude?she just laughed.
After speaking with some coworkers of mine, I am realizing that others have been treated just as rudely by this waitress. I and several others will not go back to this restaurant unless she is gone. I?ll admit that the food is good here, but it is just not worth waiting so long for it and being treated so poorly.
A Kingly Meal for a Princely Price – The food at Akbar is incredible. So rich and flavorful. Complex, seductive, satisfying.
The atmosphere is cozy and romantic, and the staff is gracious.
Only problem it's expensive on a grad student/artist budget. We go there only a few times a year because our bill is always over $50 for 2.
Must... Make... More... Money...
will be back – i recently dined at akbar on friday night. it was quite enjoyable. our waitress, i believe her name was kasia, was so delightful. she recommended the coco lamb. wow was it amazing!we also had the okra dish, chicken tikka( delicious and juicy) and cheese nan. akbar has excellent dishes on their menu! the prices are reasonable and the service well that was the best part. all of the staff was very attentive and friendly. it was my first dining experience their and i can tell you one thing...i will return!
Great Food and Great Service – I love this restaurant! The food is amazing and the staff is very pleasant. I was there this past Thursday for a friend's birthday and we couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate. Our food came in a timely manner and our wine glasses were constantly filled. My favorite dishes would have to be the Sea Bass and Chicken Marsala. The waitress also recommended a few dishes such as the Eggplant Curry and Potato cakes which were delicious. I would definitely come here again!
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