I’m quite sure that most of you are well aware of this place and some of you probably obsess as much as we do, still I feel there needs to be a dedicated thread to this place because it is monumental. Surely the followers of J Gold have tried it.
For people who live in LA proper, going to Artesia anywhere remotely close to regularly is out of the question. All of the other options that at least I’ve explored don’t come close to delivering what Mayura does.
What is unique about it is that they focus on where they’re from, Kerala and it’s something like the only true Kerala place in all of California (unconfirmed). Padmini goes home quite often and apparently still brings in bags of spices and curry leaves.
Kerala cuisine is mostly vegetarian with a great fish curry and loads and loads of breads. Bright flavor that are spiced in a different way to the rest of India. Dosas, Appam, Uthappam etc are great for mopping up curries and sambar. They do however offer meat dishes as well. Huge fan of the buffet here. Tandoor is running on charcoal so the chicken comes out nicely smoky, they use this chicken for curries, which makes it twice as good.
Been going for 5 years now and since we’re going back today I wanted to see what you all think of it and it hasn’t really featured here yet. Let’s see if anyone knows a better place that I can explore locally.
Looks good but as a clarification, Kerala cuisine is very, very far from being mostly vegetarian. All kinds of fish, seafood and meat (including pork and beef) are staples of the state’s cuisine.
Also, their online menu suggests that their focus on Kerala cuisine is not very, well, focused. They list dishes from elsewhere in South India and also all the familiar North Indian curry house staples. ( Mayura Restaurant Inc menu)
(As for curry leaves, they’re easily available in every Indian grocery across most of the US.)
The survey shows that regional location matters more than caste or community. As expected, the lowest proportion of vegetarian families are in coastal States such as Kerala (two per cent), Tamil Nadu (eight per cent), Andhra Pradesh (four per cent), Orissa (eight per cent) and Bengal (three per cent). Most land-locked States, especially in the west and north, are places with the highest proportion of vegetarian families: Rajasthan (63 per cent), Haryana (62 per cent), Punjab (48 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (33 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (35 per cent) and Gujarat (45 per cent).
My guess is they just tell people what makes sense for them in terms of what they do at the restaurant.
I do hope they’re not putting tandoori chicken in the chicken curry in the Kerala section of their menu (“Mayura Specials”) or suggesting that mopping up that stuff with masala dosas or utthapams is the Kerala thing to do.
I haven’t been (no longer live in LA and eating Indian food is not my focus on our regular visits–I cook at home blah blah blah). I was just responding to some of the statements you were making (or repeating) in the interest of putting good information out there.
I have struggled with Mayura. I live very close by, and was hoping it would become a regular rotation place for me. But my problem has mostly been with the ingredients themselves. I had the kerala fish curry. The fish tasted rancid. To be sure, this was not a high quality cut. I am willing to try it again but every time I think of that bite I go somewhere else.
My standard Indian go-to on the west side is Akbar in Marina Del Rey.
i tried the lunch buffet at mayura about a year ago and tried the lunch buffet at apey kade last week.
to my palate, the flavor profiles were not at all similar.
would not see one as a likely good substitute for the other.
Does Mayura serve a lot of Kerala/South Indian dishes in its lunch buffet? I’m wondering if like is being compared to like. Because there is in general a fair bit of overlap between Sri Lankan cuisine and Tamil and Kerala cuisines.
what i think i had traditionally Kerala today for lunch:
dosa with sambar and coconut chutney
vegetable biriani, daal(pretty universal for india, but again dif spice blend),
mushroom masala (no clue if kerala), a glorious potato dish with loads of onion, pepper (no clue again),
appam with fish curry
chicken curry (no clue)
tandoori (clearly no)