Ethnic restaurants allow diners to experience the diverse flavorscape of the world, a joy that's typically only available to those who lick atlases or inhale globes. Turn taste buds into world travelers with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian and Pakistani cuisine at Anarkalee Restaurant, in Pleasanton.
Anarkalee Restaurant immerses eaters in the culinary essence of South Asia with a menu brimming with traditional Indian and Pakistani palate pleasers. Start with garlic naan bread ($2.50) before tongue trekking into meatier fare, such as the murgh boti tandoori—skewered chicken morsels submerged in a dunk tank of vinegar marinade and baked over a bed of charcoal ($6.95)—or the lamb- and spinach-laden saag gosht curry ($8.95). Herbivores can brandish dull incisors on the garden-fresh eggplant nestled within the bengen bhujia, a vegetarian-friendly dish cooked with onions, tomatoes, and rich oriental seasonings ($5.95). Rounding out the experience, the banarsi kheer—gently spiced custard sporting a regalia of nuts ($2)—is a sweet conclusion to either a zesty meal or a zesty conversation about fruit-derived confetti.
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.
4515 Rosewood Dr.
Pleasanton, California 94588Get Directions