2823 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9000734.028835 -118.291680
favorite indian restaurant, very bad service, definitely recommend this place, cold kinda food, favorite indian cuisine, authentic indian food, helpful staff
Clean, friendly, great food. This is a cozy, clean and very welcoming restaurant. The food is wonderful. Glad that it is in the neighborhood! A must try.
This place is so good that I have to jump for joy everytime I go!!.
This place is amazing! I just can't get enough of it:)
I have a really sensitive stomach so I can't eat most indian food, even though it's my favorite cuisine:(
But whenever I eat at Manas it's all goood. I thought I would never be able to eat indian food again! But thanks to manas, I am now an official cult follower! Everything I eat at this place agrees with my tummy!
It's very fresh and flavorful. Every time I bring a friend here, they are always so impressed! Try the Cheese stuffed Naan and the Samosas, they are both really yummy! The place is family owned, so they are always so welcoming! They also have a cute little Indian Market right next door. So much good stuff!
Go here if u dont have another choice!.
I have been here so many times, but have never had a time to remember. Food is ok, doesn't taste great or horrible. It is edible. But I think the price that we pay for that kinda food is expensive. The service is fine, but the lady there sometimes tries to clean your table while you are eating. Anyways, she is friendly and a lot of students seem to be at home there. The kind of music/movies they play is pathetic. I haven't seen any sane person watching those movies or listening to that music. I think they have a collection of ONLY the bad songs. The quality of food is pathetic too. Every time I eat there, I am sure to have a stomach upset, same with my friends....but as I said, I go here only when I don't have a choice! I recommend India's Clay Oven for those who wish to shell more money. The ambiance is great and food and service are decent too!
Best dishes: Spinach Onion Pakora, Kheer sometimes(if they have nuts, which doesn't happen these days), NEVER try chicken biryani, u will be deeply disappointed!
Suggestion: Never shop at JH Bazaar!! There were worms in the rice we took there(and we were tricked into buying six rice bags at once since the lady there told us that sona masoori was being banned, and it wasn't banned then!!) and the bournvita we bought there. I suggest you only buy stuff that is dated(which is rare!) or stuff that u get only in indian stores. They have home delivery service which is one major reason why we shop there in the first place!
nice little hideaway gem near USC/Downtown. Fantastic little hide away near USC and downtown. The restaurant offers fresh and authentic Indian cuisine at a great price. The staff are always friendly and accommodating and the quality will humble many "high-end" Indian restaurants. The only thing I can pick is sometimes when you order take out, they tend to "short change" you in portion - but hey no one's perfect ;)
Authentic Indian food. I visited Manas last weekend and the food is pretty good. The service was fast and attentive. Their portions are pretty huge and ended up taking half home. I came to know of this restaurant after they catered our office party in downtown. Their samosas, palak paneer ,chicken tikka masala and naan are top notch. I enjoyed their bollywood songs that were playing in the tv. After conversing with the waiters I came to know that the restaurant was started by a former USC student, and really appreciate their effort in setting up this restaurant near USC. I will definetly be back with my friends next time.
Home Away from Home. Manas is one of my favourite Indian restaurant. I go there and also order togo almost every week. I am an Indian student at USC, and this place definitely satisfies my craving for Indian food. I also go to their buffet(all you can eat) in the weekend which is definitely a bargain for $10. Drink and naan is free with buffet. Service is friendly. I feel I am back home everytime I am here and that feeling is priceless.
Avoid at all costs!. My gf and I happened to visit this place last week since we had read some rave reviews on this site, and my gf wanted to taste Indian food. We entered around 7pm, and the place was literally empty. There was no one to welcome us or seat us down. The woman at the cash register (who I later realized was the owner's wife) didn't even acknowledge us. After having sat down, not having been attended to for 5 min, I went to the woman to ask her if they were open as yet. She looks up, gives me a disgusted look and asks me "What do you want?". I draw her attention to my gf and I, and ask her if we could be offered a menu. She hands me a menu and disappears into the back room. A waiter shows up at our table a good 5 minutes later, and places two glasses with water. No, he didn't ask us what we would prefer to drink. The glasses were greasy and the entire affair so far had been pretty non-appetizing. We ordered the a chicken dish, a lentil soup kinda dish, and some Indian bread. It took a good half an hour to see them at our table. Meanwhile, a couple and a group of 5 entered. They were met with a similar kinda service, and the couple left 10 min after they entered without ordering anything. Our food was cold, tasteless and I suspected the soup to be stale. I told the owner's wife about it being stale, and she goes "Oh, you people never understand Indian cooking" instead of apologizing. She refused to serve us better food all the while insisting there was nothing wrong with it. I lost it at that point. We asked her for our receipt and immediately left, and paid no tips for their horrible service. We were once again met with some disgusting looks from that woman for not having tipped them. We have conveyed our bad experience to all our friends, and I am considering reporting this to the Beter Busines Bureau. Guys, please don't waste your money and time here. There are a million other excellent Indian restaurants in LA. This one is a joke!
I am a foodie and I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!! too bad its closer to me!! but it IS WORTH THE drive!!. This is the second time we've been here.. we've not gone for the "buffet" because we are not typically buffet kind of folks..but we will try that one of these days.. it is hard to find a indian style restaurant where curries are not gloppy and tasteless.. for me, every single item we've tried stands on its own.. however simple, they are executed perfectly. I find that certain types of indian, ethopian, etc tend to have too similar items and tastes on their menus.. everything ends up tasting exactly the same.. but here, that was not the case. the breads are fresh and sooo good too! We've had the shrimp and chicken tandori(s) the kormas .. the lady they mention, is very helpful (I think) without being pushy or too talkative, she's just trying to tell you about the menus.. part of dining out is learning and appreciating what different cultures offer right?? Plus, there is a great food store attached to this restaurant!!
New and improved! Manas is different... and in a good way!.
Being a grad student at USC, I found myself frequenting Manas since it opened during the summer of 2006... Come Fall '06, I found that the quality of food and service at Manas dropped significantly... Consequently, my visits to the restaurant dwindled until I stayed away from it for nearly a year. Today, (Apr, 12 '08), I decided to drop by and try out their lunch buffet. I must admit that I was very satisfied with almost all the dishes. The selection of dishes was large, almost all of them were prepared very well (the Tandoori chicken was an exception)...
I think this restaurant has improved enough to deserve a good rating. I may change this rating to a 5-star if the quality stays up through more visits... But for now, if you're looking for a decent Indian restaurant when you're around downtown... This one certainly beats any other place I know!
Both pros and cons.
Service is nice, there is a friendly Indian lady who tries to make small talk about food et al. But food is not that great. Soup was very bad when I ordered it once.
On another occassion when I tried the lunch buffet, I discovered that the menu is(was) not completely authentic Indian, many dishes are more of Indian-Chinese cuisine. Even though it is a buffet, the Indian bread(nan/roti) is provided in limited supply.
Pricing is reasonable, but I was shocked when I noticed a 50 cents extra added to the tip I specified when it was shown in my bank account. I did not take it up as an issue as I am not sure if they misread my tip amount on the receipt. But I have resolved to travel a few extra miles and go to another restaurant if my Indian taste buds start to water again.
Like somebody already pointed out, many Indian USC grad students do not like the place and bad-mouth its quality. That being said, at any time I have been there (3 times) I have found a few Indians eating there. It is the closest Indian food destination for the vast indian population at USC. much much much more authentic compared to Taste of India at University Village near USC.
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