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REVIEW: Anarbagh, Woodland Hills

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REVIEW: Anarbagh, Woodland Hills

Das Ubergeek | Mar 30, 2008 09:49 PM

I've been many times. My father-in-law loves India Sweets & Spices on Sherman Way (as do I); his wife occasionally prevails and asks to go to someplace with a bit nicer ambiance, especially for family meals. This means that Anarbagh has been our go-to for a while. It's close by their house, and the food has usually been just fine. The service has been OK, but sliding quickly until the last few times, where they wouldn't listen to anyone except my father-in-law, whom they know.

But this time... this was absolutely the last straw.

I just don't understand how ten people having lunch in an empty restaurant can possibly take two and a half hours. It's not like we were dawdling over menus -- we ordered immediately as soon as they came, and spent the next two hours waiting for food and then for the cheque.

When the food came, they auctioned it off quite rudely ("Vegetable korma, who had the vegetable korma, speak up, who has vegetable korma, okay, now chicken tandoori, who wanted the chicken tandoori..."). It took half an hour to get rice; it took nearly two hours to get tea. The chicken tandoori in question, when it arrived, was all dark meat, despite the order having been given for all white meat.

Two other groups came into the restaurant. One left before their food came; they gave up.

Then there was the cleanliness issue. Balanced on the booth behind our table was a charming sculpture of two forks and a four-inch chunk of gracelessly-aging seekh kabob. My knife was dirty; my father-in-law's tea cup was dirty. There were crumbs all over the table before so much as a grain of rice was placed on it.

The food itself? Very uneven and middle-of-the-road. It's not great, it's not terrible. The vegetable korma was quite good; the chana dal was undercooked. The saag mushroom (made without oil, so they said) was actually very well-spiced, but the aloo gobi had crunchy potato bits in it. The naan was excellent; the chicken tandoori was dry.

It's got bad enough that the next time it's suggested, I won't just concur. We could go to Woodlands, which is much better, or any of a dozen other places in the Valley if we wanted to stay with northern Indian food.

And it pisses me off that we drove from Anaheim to be treated like that.

No more Anarbagh. You can get mediocre Indian food anywhere (even in Burbank, that black hole of chow) -- don't spend your money here.

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Anarbagh Indian Restaurant
22721 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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