Restaurant: Paradise Biryani Pointe
Location: 7231 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303. (818) 348-4454
Date: April 4, 2023
Rating: decent, but not amazing
During my son’s robotics team meetings I have a chance to explore random spots in the Western San Fernando Valley, so I’m nicking naming this the “Robo Eats” series. This one a FB friend recommended.
This is located on Topanga a few miles north of Ventura in a fairly sketchy part of Canoga Park.
The interior is drop ceiling box meets old school Indian boothes and next to know “decor.”
Chili Fish. Boneless Fish sautéed red chili sauce and topped with spring onions. Kind of salty and spicy — but not that spicy. Probably a bit fried. Pretty tasty, but not great.
Chicken Tikka Masala. Boneless chicken pieces roasted in tandoor clay oven cooked with Indian spices in a creamy tomato sauce. This was a solid CTM. It’s NOWHERE near as good as Akbar’s, but it was one of the best I’ve had otherwise in LA. It was a bit sweet, and certainly tangy, but with mild curry flavor. The chicken was tender. it wasn’t spicy at all.
Bagara Baingan. Tandoor roasted eggplant blended with fresh tomatoes and onion followed with simmering with ground peanut paste and spices. I didn’t taste the peanuts but the eggplant was nicely cooked and this had a good, if mild, flavor. A touch smoky and quite salty.
Mutton Rogan Josh. kashmiri style curry brimming with flavors of fennel, ginger and marked by the striking red hue. The color wasn’t that striking, and the mutton was boney as hell with sharp shards breaking off in my mouth. I even swallowed one. Gulp. The flavor was mild but pretty good. You could taste the fennel and ginger.
Overall, this was the best Indian I’ve yet had in my Robo Eats explorations, but it wasn’t amazing and it’s still certainly no Akbar. Service was nice but a bit slow considering I was the ONLY dine in customer and there were just two others waiting for takeout. There appeared to be one front of house employee working the phones, take out packing, and the tables.