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Located at 110 W. Main St, Alhambra, Mahan serves North Indian, Delhi style dishes with influences from western regions. Giving Downtown Alhambra a different kind of dining, Mahan, which means great, offers something dissimilar to other Indian Restaurants by offering healthier options on the menu. Mahan has been in business since 2001 in Alhambra and recently opened a second location in Monrovia. Anil Sharma, who mostly learned to cook at home, wanted to continue the legacy of Indian traditional dishes, which led him to open Mahan. ”What you learned in life, we put into existence,” he said. “You should do what you believe you can do. We want to be a distinguished Indian restaurant and create something different for everyone.”
This family-owned fine dining Indian restaurant prepares dishes with the conventional Indian cooking process and uses traditional Indian spices such as turmeric, cumin, habanero chili, and curry. Mahan has a great variety of delicious and popular dishes on the menu like the lamb chops, shrimp vindaloo, golbi Manchuria, and mango chicken tikka, which is barbecued chicken breast with mango-chili paste. Cooked in an open fire clay oven, the tandoori dishes and the naans are crispy and fresh all the time. Spice levels can be requested from one to 10, with Desi Loco Diablo being the spiciest while still retaining the flavors of the dish.
They have many types of rice to choose from such as the basmati, pilaf, and brown rice. The samosa chaat is a crunchy deep-fried turnover filled with chickpeas, potatoes, and Indian spices. “The dishes have delightful presentation, and you can taste the rich flavor of mixed spices,” said first-time Mahan diner Lena Lam. Vegans and vegetarian options are available. The chef is quite accommodating of specific requests and will make a special dish. They also have a full bar with Indian beers and serve unique Indian cocktails, such as the Bengal Tiger, which consists of Indian rum, and the Gulabi Rani mixed with French vodka, silver rums, and shaken with rose syrup.
Diners come from all over town to dine at Mahan. Crystal Ortiz and Victor Perez, who are from Montebello, have dined at Mahan for years. “The freshness of the food makes it feel like we are eating at someone’s house,” they said.
Dishes are made to order. The preparation takes time. Good food is worth the wait. For the lunch rush, the lunch buffet is convenient and offers a large selection of food at an affordable price. Mahan is open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Champagne brunch is on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take-out, catering, and delivery services are also offered. Third party delivery services are available through Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub, and Eat 24. Private events for any occasions can be reserved.
Information and the menu are available online at www.mahanrestaurant.com. Social media @mahanindianla on Facebook and Instagram. Check them out on yelp.com and Google.