838 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001734.044728 -118.258458
Monday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central LA, New Downtown
Citysearch Editorial Review – Inside the atmospheric and once-elegant 1906 Stillwell Hotel, located near Staples Center and other downtown attractions, this cozy bright-hued Indian spot sports nostalgic chandeliers and Christmas lights, East Asian art and brocade chairs. Downtown office workers congregate for the hearty lunch buffet, tandoori specialties and icy Indian beer. Dinner draws a crowd of East Indians, tourists and downtowners looking for aromatic Punjabi cuisine that includes favorites like samosas, shrimp curry, lamb biryani, mango chicken, lamb saag and garlic naan. Tandoori clay oven specialties include chicken, shrimp and fish, as well as lamb kebobs. A large vegetarian selection offers tandoor baked eggplant, saag (pureed spinach dishes), okra bhindi masala and chana masala (Indian chickpeas).
Only place in Downtown for Indian and tastes great – Took my girlfriend the other night since it was down the block from our apartment and we were craving Indian food and didn't feel like driving to Hollywood or Santa Monica.
I ordered the Roti and Lamb Vindaloo and my girlfriend ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala and a side of Basmati rice. Food was great. Vindaloo was nice and spicy and the lamb in it was very tender. The chicken tikka masala was pleasant as well and had a pleasant subtle sweetness. I really can't complain about the roti, it was fresh and did not offend my taste buds.
Price was reasonable and service was very pleasant to us as well. They always gave us a smile when they came by our table and our glasses of water never went bellow the half-way mark. The only disappointment was the decor, which is kind of tacky(but most Indian restaurants are) and after we finished our meal, the waitress wasn't around for us to thank for the meal. Though, I do have to say, I did see a fly around our meal. Hopefully, that's not a regular problem.
This is really a nice little hole in the wall place and the only place around Down Town LA that serves Indian food.
Pros: Food and service are great.
Cons: Decor is a bit lacking and I saw a fly(big woop).
Thank you for that review sorry about that fly it must have got in somehow. Hope to see you next time.
Authentic – Although this place is nestled back inside of a seedy hotel, do not be alarmed. The food here is authentic, reasonably priced and perfectly seasoned for the North Indian food connoisseur. The chicken tikka masala is perfectly textured with spice and consistency, it goes great with any of their regular or flavored naan bread. Also, I recommend the tandoori chicken and the samosas are delicious. If it's Indian food in Downtown Los Angeles you are looking for...........look no more.
Thank you for that wonderful review i hope you enjoyed our food there has been a change of management so i hope you come again - Gills Staff
Go, only if you really crave for Indian food – I have been working in LA downtown for the past 1 year and have visited Gill's, surprisingly the only Indian restaurant in about 3 mile radius of downtown, 3 or 4 times for lunch. I realized the second time itself that they don't change the items on their lunch buffet at all !! so my subsequent visits happened because there was no other choice (indian food). It seemed like just another boring Indian restaurant, kind of like 'also-ran'. Apart from the food begin just above average and customer service below par, one bright aspect was that they vaildate your parking ticket fully for 2 hrs.
The naan's were good that they bring to the table and also good was the chicken tikka masala. I hate to see and don't understand why so many Indian restaurants serve only the rice kheer for dessert. Probably it's the cheapest to make, not sure.
I think there should be a sign for customers - 'Thank you, do come again (with a torchlight)' - the interior is so dark and there are no windows.
excellent – The food and service was wonderful. Yay for great indian food that's in downtown.
Glory to Gill's – Gill's is great. Every time I go to the convention center for a show, my entourage & I end up at Gill's for dinner. For anyone who likes Indian food, Gill's is worth the jaunt downtown, the food is excellent. In a great old building as well.
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