Anarkalee Restaurant borrows its name from the doomed heroine Anarkali, a slave girl who fell in love with a prince and was loved by him in return. Their relationship infuriated the prince's father, the Mughal emperor Akbar, who responded by sentencing his own son to death. To save the prince’s life, Anarkali sacrificed herself: she was buried alive between two brick walls (though some say she actually escaped through a secret passageway).
Anarkalee Restaurant translates the fiery spirit of its namesake into the spicy flavors of regional Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Besides North Indian standards such as palak paneer and chicken tikka, chefs craft more exotic fare such as lamb-brain masala or Himalayan goat karahi for their daily specials. Morsels of grass-fed lamb also fill two types of gosht, or Pakistani meat stew. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrées are served in copious helpings, whether as separate dishes, a buffet, or a color-coded map of the Indian subcontinent.
The culinary team at Mama Rosa Pizza and Pasta constructs Italian cuisine by hand, imbuing dishes with sumptuous ingredients including pancetta, prosciutto, and italian fennel sausage. The menu combines old and new as time-tested classics such as chicken marsala populate tables alongside DIY-designed pastas that let diners mix and match noodles and sauces. Thick-crust sicilian pizzas, fresh mussels, and roasted boneless short ribs round out Mama Rosa’s varied offerings and pair with imported beer and selections from an impressive wine list.
Flavors from North and South India—and a hint of Indochina—infiltrate the fresh-cooked meals at Bawarchi. Naan and white rice accompany each meal to help customers completely clean up plates of chicken biryani, vegetable curry, and lamb vindaloo. Fourteen varieties of dosas—India’s answer to crepes—pack everything from roast goat to chili cheese, and wraps envelop chicken and veggies. At lunch, customers can make like middle schoolers and line up for a buffet-style spread of tandoori chicken, egg noodles, and shrimp masala.
Saigon Bistro piles plates with lemongrass chicken, using cuts juicier than a tabloid article about Hollywood’s best smoothie shops. Appetizers also please palates inside this casual Vietnamese eatery, with selections such as spring rolls and calamari. Dinner dishes include pho and ba nam noodles with tomato meat sauce, which can sate ampler appetites.
Sizzling up an appetizing gamut of British and American fare, Redcoats is an indoor/outdoor social destination that will attract Tories and Whigs alike. The menu brims with delectable seafood options such as the fish 'n' chips ($12.95) to complement its pub fare. The main dining room bustles with a robust energy during the evening, but the upper dining room and the flower-laden outdoor patio offer more relaxed settings in which to enjoy a plate of crab cakes ($8.95) and make origami out of an original copy of the Magna Carta. To drink, Redcoats serves frosty libations such as Boddington's, Newcastle Brown, and Fuller's ESB, as well as an array of wines, including the locally produced Livermore Valley brand.