The India Cafe

528 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
The India Cafe is an Indian restaurant in Costa Mesa. The owners are Nepalese, as hinted at by the multiple photos of the Himalayas on the walls. But the only true regional specialties they offer are momos, the gigantic dumplings that you can order steamed or fried but will come out delicious. That said, the India Cafe doesn’t serve them with blindingly hot chutney or puckering sour yogurt the way they do in the Queens, New York, neighborhood of Jackson Heights, which has one of the largest Nepalese communities in the United States. Then again, the Indian dishes on the menu are spiced more like they like they are in Nepal—milder, a tad sweeter, and in love with the tandoor or grill.

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