The location is familiar–the old Gaylord India space–but the rest is not. As you enter, you're met with a giant wood and brass treasure chest hand-carved by Indian artisans, which sets the tone for a vibe you might call "Mod Mahal." Deeper into the restaurant, you'll find palatial touches like imported white marble and a rippling stone waterfall—juxtaposed with sleek leather chairs and a 2,000 bottle, glass-enclosed wine locker (think Bond in Bombay).
Like the ambiance, the fare is similarly old meets new: Chef Gautam Chaudhry arrives in LA straight from the five-star Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, but his menu will be driven by seasonal farmers market ingredients. That means your tandoori chicken comes with a side of grilled asparagus, and your pakoras are made with cheese from Napa.
And if your senses require further stimulation, near the bar (open till 2am) you can enjoy small plates on low-slung couches while you watch a video wall featuring classic Bollywood films and Indian travelogues. You might even catch some concert footage of the Rolling Stones: Tanzore's food consultant, Sanjay Swivedi, was most recently travel chef for the band.
We know, it's only Punjabi chicken, but we like it…