Is It Any Good?

Indian…romantic Indian (just ask Google) in Woodland Hills.

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You might cross the long great face of the San Fernando Valley for any number of reasons. Me, it was for a Doctor’s appointment. I found myself on the southern edge of the town, closest to the 101 and Ventura Blvd.IMG_0477

It’s where all the restaurants are.

I’ve been seeing Anarbagh appearing on my Urbanspoon suggestions for years, and today was going to be the day. I mean, why not. Why not go in for some more Indian food. Why not compare to some of the great—

—wow, this place is nice.

I mean, this place is seriously nice.

You’re out on Ventura Blvd. surrounded by the Furniture Outlets and restaurants we just as soon not talk about. And then there’s this place.

You google a list of the most romantic places in Woodland Hills (I was trying to date a girl in Woodland Hills, so yes…I googled that very phrase), and this place comes up.

This might be strange of me to say…and it’s certainly strange of me to write, but there is a bit of a regal atmosphere to Anarbagh that I quite liked. It’s different that Bhanu Indian, which is still my joint by the way, but it’s really good. I was really happy to be eating there.

We are talking the white tablecloth service. We are talking uniformed waitstaff, with everything running like a precision ballet…even at lunchtime.

Those going in expecting a Lunch Buffet (as seems to be the norm at most Indian places these days) may be a bit disappointed. I wasn’t. As a general introduction to all things Indian and Food, it’s not a bad way to go. But now that I know what I like, just give me a menu.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, Anarbagh starts you off with a nice vegetarian Lentil Soup. Just a good way to cleanse the palate and kick off your meal.IMG_0476

Since I’ve evolved past ordering Chicken Tikka Masala, I now have Mater Paneer (Peas and Cheese) as my go-to dish to compare and contrast with other Indian Restaurants. But, believe it or not, Mater Paneer isn’t always available at every Indian joint. So what’s my fallback? Lamb Biryani, my second favorite thing to nosh on.

Gotta say, Anarbagh came real close to the version served at Bhanu Indian. Real close. Damn close.

So close that I might have to go back and check it out again.

And, as the accompaniment to any good Indian meal, I got the Vegetable Samosas. Lovely start to a meal. Add chutney (the green and the brown for the uninitiated – of which I’m still a member.)

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too alarming. While the restaurant interior is lovely and nice, and a place to bring a date. The outside kinda…well…blends in with the background. Meaning, it is possible to drive past it not realizing it’s there.

I did that…twice.

 

PARKING: I think you’re going to wind up doing the meter thing along Ventura Blvd. I took a lap around the block seeking out the Parking behind the restaurant, and…either it wasn’t there or it wasn’t readily obvious.Anarbagh in Woodland Hills, CA.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Anarbagh (Woodland Hills)
22721 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Tel: (818) 224-3929

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm