Despite concerns about the imminent demise of Anise, a recent visit indicated otherwise - the food is still great, people are still going, service is good. We actually went with a fairly large group (around 20) and they were very accommodating - setting up a large table in the back room. With such a big group we ended up having each group of 4 people agree on some shared apps and entrees, which worked very well and the servers had no problem matching orders to individuals.
The food is still excellent and quite spicy, with plenty of Sichuan peppercorn. Pig ears had plenty of ma la flavor; the pork bellies were tender and a bit sweet. Spicy rabbit is one of my favorites although it's hard to get at the meat from all of the bones. They were out of snapper that night but the whole striped bass was done very nicely, sitting in a tangy, spicy sauce - perfectly cooked. Eggplant and garlic were good too. The pork dumplings with sesame seeds were a bit smaller than I expected, and a tad on the dry side.
Overall I think everyone really enjoyed their meals and it's good to have a place that can handle a large group so well.
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