Ben Kingsley, Brett Ratner and Butter Chicken

Daniela Lavender, Ben Kingsley and Preity Zinta at Nirvana Restaurant
Daniela Lavender, Ben Kingsley and Preity Zinta at Nirvana Restaurant

Celebrity abounds in Los Angeles so it’s no surprise to sight a star while shopping or getting your coffee. But a star sighting while eating your butter chicken and lachha paratha, now that’s a tweet-worthy event.

And, it turns out, it’s a not so infrequent occurrence at Nirvana restaurant in Beverly Hills.  Most recently Ben Kingsley (yes, the very same man who won an academy award for his portrayal of Gandhi) celebrated receiving his Hollywood star at Nirvana with Ashok Amritraj, Preity Zinta, Gulshan Grover and friends.

After the recent Los Angeles “Kites” movie premiere, Director Brett Ratner brought his posse, including Cuba Gooding Jr. to Nirvana for a late supper.  Christina Aguilera is a patron, as are most Bollywood stars who frequent Hollywood these days.

Deep Sethi established Nirvana as the foil to his Bombay Palace restaurant 6 years ago.  When asked why he thinks celebs feel so comfortable at Nirvana, he says, “It’s become like a home away from home for many of them.”

The intimate ambiance, chilled-out vibe, lounge music and impressive Buddha statue add to the appeal.  But we’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s all about the dal makhani. One taste and you’re transported to a GT road dhaba.

We’ve done a little arm-twisting and through July 10th, mention Republic of Brown when you dine and you can try the dal or anything else on the menu for 20% off your entire bill.

Not in Los Angeles? Send your favorite Indian restaurant to  We’re putting together a hit list so we can work the Republic of Brown magic for all our readers.

More on Nirvana at

Have friends in Los Angeles? Forward them this email and post to facebook so they can take advantage of the offer. You know how we love a bargain.

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  • What i really like the name…REPUBLIC OF BROWN. Hope this grows out to be a big brand 🙂

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      Thanks David. We hope so too!

  • Great article, hey I came across this story while surfing for lyric updates. Thanks for sharing I’ll email my friends about this too.

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      We certainly appreciate your support!