Craft Indian Kitchen 




     TŪMBI is a modern Indian restaurant and bar in the heart of Santa Monica. Drawing from the extravagant flavors and artistry of India’s cultural heritage, TŪMBI takes Modern Indian cuisine to the next level with an innovative menu that combines authentic Indian street food with haute cuisine. Owner, RJ Singh and Chef Imran Mookhi take guests on a journey throughout India offering an array of robust flavors, spices, fresh ingredients and inspired dishes that celebrate the best of each region.  The intimate space, designed by AKAR studios, offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with an ultra-chic vibe. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., TŪMBI offers a rotating beer and wine list as well as Indian sodas, coffee and tea.  


    The Infatuation

    Tumbi’s menu is full of Indian street food dishes you don’t see in a lot of other LA restaurants. Like the pani puri - traditional puff pastries that come on top of rosewater shots (you pour those into the pastries before eating them as quickly as possible). Their vada pav is basically a spicy potato slider, served with steamed rice fries that you’ll wish were bottomless. There are two masalas on the menu, and while the Goan prawn is good, the one we wish we were eating right now is the Patagonian toothfish in apricot curry with blistered sweet peppers. And make sure to save enough room for the end. Whether it’s the saffron panna cotta or pistachio-flavored kulfi ice cream served on a stick, the desserts are worth a trip here on their own.

    Tumbi isn’t good to just have in your back pocket for when you’re stuck in Santa Monica and hungry. Tumbi is a place you should plan dates around, tell your friends to come meet you at, or drop-in when you simply want to eat great food at The Promenade and not be bothered in the process. Good luck to the alien emancipation guy though.


    "Tumbi is a modern Indian restaurant right off the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. And despite being in an area of town not typically known for thrilling food options, it’s the most exciting new Indian restaurant to open in LA since Badmaash. The menu is fantastic and inventive, with everything from prawn masala to a pani puri that ends with you pouring tamarind-mint water into a chickpea-filled puff pastry. Get here now before everyone else does."


    ABC 7

    "TUMBI debuts in downtown Santa Monica with modern take on Indian cuisine.

    A new modern, upscale Indian restaurant has opened its doors a block off of Ocean Avenue. Located at 115 Santa Monica Blvd., TUMBI Craft Indian Kitchen comes courtesy of longtime restaurateur and hotelier RJ Singh, per Eater Los Angeles.

    Serving a mix of regional Indian classics, street food and innovative fare, the new restaurant is currently only open for dinner hours.

    On the menu, start off with seasonal poriyal -- a South Indian stir fry with coconut, cashew and curry leaves -- or the lentil chips with chutney. The dosa, a rice and lentil crepe, comes stuffed with paneer cheese, mushrooms or minced lamb. Standout entrees include the butter chicken with tomato curry, the Malabari tandoori with black tiger shrimp and chili-garlic chutney or the garbanzo-battered cod with steamed rice fries. Wash down your meal with Indian soda, Taj Mahal beer or wine."


    Eater LA

    "Busy Santa Monica just officially added another restaurant, with last night’s opening of modern Indian restaurant Tumbi. The place decided to throw open the doors early, letting in passersby for a taste of what to expect.

    Tumbi is the work of longtime restaurateur and hotelier RJ Singh, whose previous gigs include the once-buzzy Tantra in Silver Lake and the greater India’s Oven group. Now Singh spends most of his time running the Sirtaj Hotel in Beverly Hills, though he’s had a soft spot for Tumbi’s corner location off Santa Monica Boulevard for years.

    So what to expect now that the upscale Indian restaurant is ready to roll? For starters, no chicken tikka masala, and no samosas. Singh and chef Imran Mookhi (SF’s Dosa) collaborated to bring something slightly different to the table instead, from Afghani-style Seekh lamb kabobs to thoughtful versions of dosa, Goan prawn masala, and more. The opening menu is below.

    Tumbi Craft Indian Kitchen will keep dinner hours only to start, running nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Expect lunch to follow soon, with eventual daily hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m."



    TŪMBI | Craft Indian Kitchen

    115 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA



    Monday - Sunday: 11a - 11p