Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Capitalize on the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian fare at Anarkali Restaurant.
Since 1983, Anarkali has been serving palatable plates of Bengali and Northern Indian cuisine every day of the year without fail. Like a meal-time mail service, steaming envelopes filled with meat or vegetables, called samosas ($2.95), arrive to awaken the senses come rain, shine, or bootlegged rainshine. For a lighter option, the Anarkali salad mixes greens with mushrooms, paneer, cilantro, flour crisps, rice puffs, and tamarind dressing ($5.95), and main events besiege taste buds in a flavorful flood, with tantalizing items including coconut-curry-soaked chicken ($11.95–$20.95) and shrimp tikka ($15.95–$22.95), served with tomatoes and sautéed in masala gravy. Dinner entrees all arrive with a plate posse of soup, rice, and hot tea or coffee, and can be ordered mild, medium, hot, very hot, or at a level of hotness that can only be expressed wordlessly with a cartoon of the sun eating a coyote.
Anarkali Indian Restaurant
Named for a princess of Mughal legend, Anarkali celebrates the cuisine of India with a menu of fluffy flatbreads, mouth-watering curries, and charcoal-roasted tandoori treats. Cooks draw on the culinary traditions of Bengal and North India, breathing life into every meal with fresh blends of spices created to complement the texture, taste, and singing voice of each dish. Guests absorb the exotic aromas and flavors of the restaurant's ever-changing menu from 11 a.m. to midnight, savoring the delicious tastes of vegetarian plates, rich sauces, and juicy roasted meats every day of the year.
7013 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90038Get Directions