The badass boys from Badmaash and rap king EpicLLOYD join Andy Milonakis for a curry-flavored rap battle in this episode of Fat Prince. Andy teams up with Nakul and Arjun Mahendro to whip up a saffron and Cristal curry with cocktail shrimp and microwave rice that will make your taste buds beat-box with joy.
This kitschy new gastropub is a downtown L.A. newcomer, but its chef, Pawan Mahendro, brings 40 years of experience with him to the kitchen. Badmaash means “naughty” in Hindi, and Mahendro adds a dollop of mischief to both the décor and his offerings. Consider the Pop art–style images of Gandhi in colorful sunglasses, or the chicken tikka poutine, a nod to his Canadian background. Wash down the Mumbai street food–inspired fare with a sugary Thums Up, India’s answer to Coke.
This is not your traditional hamburger. First of all, it’s not made with beef. Badmaash changes the game — and the patty — with its Spiced Lamb Burger. The key to the incredible flavors in this burger lies in the in-house efforts, from grinding and roasting the imported Indian spices to freshly butchering the whole lamb legs daily.
I have this thing for Indian food. Having traveled around the markets of New Delhi and nearby cities, my love affair with the complex spices and flavors continues to grow. Badmaash brings some of those beloved street classics to the heart of downtown L.A. Think casual Indian gastropub. A hipstered out Gandhi lines the walls. The menu includes Chili cheese garlic naan. Chicken tikka poutine. Just like its name, Badmaash is a bit rebellious. Brothers Arjun and Nakul Mahendro run the joint, alongside their father, Chef Pawan Mahendro. Favorites included curried mussels, prepared Madras style with coconut milk-- and a smoky chicken tikka masala. There is also a savory list of condiments to accompany each dish—masala onion and chiles, whipped cucumber yogurt raita, and five pepper hot sauce. To finish the meal, warm chai tea is a welcomed cool off after the complex spices that only Indian cuisine can pull off so well.
Just as eclectic as the food is Badmaash's vibe. Tupac and old Kanye joints blare from the sound system. Just about every demographic noshes on naan. It's hip without being too over the top, with food and music that will equally cause patrons to bob their heads.