Hours: Lunch: Saturday & Sunday; dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till midnight
CLOSED. Lincoln Square Indian restaurant.
Its location--in a Lawrence Avenue strip mall between an L.A. Tan and a worn Greek coffee shop--is humble, but Paprika is lovingly turned out, with colored lamps warming the space and retro travel posters of India. And don't be misled by the tag "Indian Gourmet Restaurant"--this is home-style food, equally lovingly made. Complimentary pappadum came with little lidded plastic cups of chutney; odd, but the restaurant does appear to do a fair amount of delivery. Tomato-cucumber raita was outstandingly fresh tasting, as were all the vegetables in our meal. Paprika crab cakes, fried with "Mughlai spices," weren't available, so we settled for vegetable samosas (which included corn); we were warned that the cilantro dip would be hot, though it wasn't. In fact, the cook doesn't seem convinced that customers can take the heat: lamb vindaloo had some burn from black pepper but was by no means "very spicy" as described, and a vegetable dal requested spicy was on the mild side though flavorful. The gracious owner presented us with complimentary cinnamon-dusted kheer, rice pudding with almonds and pistachios, that rounded out a pleasant, leisurely meal marred only by the worrying absence of any other customers.
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