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Alternatives to Anarbagh?

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Alternatives to Anarbagh?

Das Ubergeek | Jun 18, 2006 10:00 PM

Every Father's Day, we take my father-in-law out for Indian food. We usually go to India Sweets and Spices in Canoga Park, which is his favourite restaurant, but today there was a group too large to fit comfortably in IS&S... 10 people, to be exact.

We went to Anarbagh, where he knows the owner. It was terrible. They didn't have the reservation (it ended up having been written on the wrong day, for the wrong time, for the wrong number of people, all in an illiterate scrawl); despite the restaurant being nearly empty, they couldn't figure out how to seat ten people at one table.

We asked for water four times. It took nearly thirty minutes for water to come to the table, and only after I said to the waiter, "Bring water. Bring ten glasses of it. Do it now."

The food took nearly an hour to arrive; fish and chicken tikka, fried paneer, three vegetable dishes, rice, raita and naan. The food, when it came, was delicious (especially the chicken tikka, which is usually very boring), but as there wasn't enough room on the table for all the food and all the decorations and all the glasses, they served us the fish and chicken from a tray and then disappeared with the tray -- and the remaining food. When we enquired as to the whereabouts of the remaining food, they looked puzzled and asked if we wanted to order more.

In addition, they would only listen to my father-in-law -- whenever anyone else asked for anything, it fell on deaf ears. In one case, the waiter actually turned his back on my stepmother-in-law as she was speaking to him.

I don't have a need ever to go back. There has to be a better alternative for Indian food that will cater to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians near Woodland Hills (meaning no further east than the 405 and no further north than the 118). Please help -- we like the ability to sit in a nice restaurant and have decor better than fast-food tables with loud bhangra music playing now and then, but I won't set foot in Anarbagh again.

Price, incidentally, is immaterial -- this was a special occasion and it was marred by ridiculously bad service.

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