eggplant bharta, at right
I know a lot of people in the Los Feliz/Silver Lake area area are desperate for more takeout and delivery options, so I was glad that when I finally got around to trying Halal Tandoori, it turned out to be a solid Indian option. Located in a large, busy mini-mall at 4th and Vermont, next to a Korean pirate pub, it's a modest Indian-Pakistani restaurant with a fairly standard menu, but I think it's a least as good as Agra and likely better than Electric Lotus. We ate in the restaurant, ordering eggplant bharta, chicken biryani and then we thought we ordered lamb madras, but we ended up with chicken madras and decided to stick with it.The garlic naan was fresh and pillowy, and everything was clean-tasting and well-spiced. (Next time, I might try ordering hot instead of medium.) There's no beef on the menu, but plenty of chicken, shrimp, fish, lamb and vegetable dishes to choose from. The biryani seemed a bit boring after the saucy Burmese version we had in San Francisco, but we managed to gobble everything up with just a few shreds of chicken left behind. And there was no heavy sheen of oil left behind like some Indian restaurants seem to have.
Halal Tandoori is open 7 days a week and they said they'll deliver at least as far as Hyperion -- call and see if they'll deliver to your hood too.
401 S. Vermont Ave.