19 Feb 2011 • 21 reviews • 14 followers
Even the review here that motivated our visit did not prepare us for the transcendent experience that was Anjappar. The surroundings and environment are mall-esque, not fancy at all. Just above diner - but everything seemed clean. Has a on-site basin to wash your hands - essential if you hope to eat Indian food in the 'proper' way. Had lots of Indians enjoying a late lunch - a good sign.
Usually, I go to a restaurant and sit down and eat. No memory. The food here is very memorable. Went with Chinese mother-in-law - not used to Indian food - so we got something safe but usually ordinary - Butter Chicken. Absolutely amazing - spicy and tasty. Now several weeks later, I still remember fondly the taste. Other great things - We had Tankadi Kabab, an Palak Paneer, and lots of Naan (butter and garlic). All of it was really amazing. Washed it down with an authentic-tasting mango lassi (yes, I was tempted by the Kingfisher of course, but alas, I was the driver). My wife had wonderful ginger tea.
The food is spicy. That said, we had enough mild things to keep our five year old "black pepper is too spicy" girl full up. Not sure she'd write the same kind of review. However, it is family friendly - casual. Look for the benches - always helpful for the little kids.
The price was a little bit high, but we kind of over-ordered, and brought stuff home. You can get in and out feeling like you had good value-for-money.
The staff was friendly and very informal. Great recommendations.
There a number of great restaurants in Little India - the famous Banana leaf, and (even better) Kashmir. But Anjappar is transcendent - a unique and amazing food tasting experience for fans of 'real' Indian food. Very tasty, and may not be for those who are used to blander Indian food. It's also not a looker (not great to impress a date or in-laws) - it can't hold a candle to the nice environment set up by Kashmir, for instance. But the food - oh, the food.