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Anarkali - PK's Review

PoetKitty | May 23, 2006 08:23 PM

Ohmydeargod, it's been AGES 'Hounds - I've missed you! So after a stint in the Amazon and a horrific depression bout, I wanted spicy Indian eatz and heavenly naan. Me and the BFF hit up Anarkali on Melrose, and here are the results.

Place: Anarkali, Sunday, 5/21 - 5:00 PM
Myself + 1 guest (My darling bestest friend)


Ratings and descriptions:

Ambiance - B
Your stereotypical but still quite lov-a-ly swoopy fabric and red booths, all dressed-up in the ethnic melange. Nicey nice.
Service - B-
It took forever + a couple of hours to finally get our order in, and they messed up a few minor things. Once we ordered, however, we were well attended - TOO well attended, as they brought some courses twice and it got to the point of feeling bothered, there were so many checkers-in. Feast or famine.
Food (Taste) - C+
All dishes were solid-ish, but none had outstanding flavor or punch. The typical average Indian fare.
Food (Presentation) - C-
No extra effort here.
Wine/Drinks - C
They have a few ethnic beers and the like, but we opted for non-alchy selections. The indian tea was pretty weak, and that was a bummer.
Value - B-
A lot of food for a so-so price tag, and hot/cold service = relatively kosher value.
Overall Experience - C+
Argh - just another painfully mediocre Indian eatin' throwdown.

FOOD STUFFS

Drinks:

Chai tea + sodas
** Weak, unimpressive
** Very limited beer/wine menu as well

Course 1:

Papadom
Served with spicy red sauce, green sauce, and
onions.
** Tasty critters - sauces bland

Course 2:

Naan
Had garlic and plain varieties, served with rayta
** One batch was undercooked, the other not
garlicky enough. Rayta was thicker than
I'm used to as well, and not all that
delicious.

Course 3:

Indian veggie soup
Basic broth with carrots and onions and lentils
** Very bland

Course 4:

Sag Aloo
Potatoes and spinach
** No spice or kick whatsover - pretty blah

Vegetable Curry
Various veggies in a very spicy curry broth
** Liked this a great deal; the best dish of
the eve by far.

Bhindi Bhaje
Okra satueed with spices
** Not too shabby at all - great texture,
decent amount of heat and flavor.

Basamati Rice
** Your basic rice presentation - just OK.


Course 5:

Rice Pudding
** Could only handle 2 bites of this, and I'm
rather fond of this flavor combo, but this
version was icky. Tasteless. Pooey.

Total damage, including tax - $46

Final word - there's much, much better indian goodies in this city; skip Anarkali unless it's just downright convenient.

Anarkali
7013 Melrose Ave.
Cross street - La Brea

Ciao, 'Hounds,
poetkitty

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