Tucked into a strip center and weirdly right beside a vegetarian Indian restaurant, Mayura looks like a festive but low rent Indian-themed party palace. The Monster half expects a Bollywood troupe to stream out the far corner and perform a lively song and dance number.
The room is colorful, swathed in royal purples and gold and it’s deceptively big. From the outside you might imagine this being a hole in the wall but the reality is this is a “we broke the wall down and expanded” kind of place.
The buffet lunch features items not found on other Indian buffets. There’s fried cauliflower and chile chicken as well as rasam, a spicy vegetable soup. Yes, the requisite tandoori chicken and naan find there place in line as well.
The Monster is appreciative of the creativity with the buffet. He just wishes the dishes were more consistent. A few standout, especially the cauliflower. Others however, like the chile chicken, prove overly fried and salty. The word is Mayura is better for dinner so perhaps a return visit is in order.
Southern California (save Artesia) is mostly a wasteland for great Indian cuisine so The Monster’s quest will continue.
Why go? You are in a Bollywood dance troupe.
Monster rating: 2½/5 Monsters
10406 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232