ANARBAGH dubs itself as the “Ultimate Indian Restaurant” in the West Valley. My co-workers Sharon and Cristina and I decided to be adventurous and try something different for lunch other than our usual McDonalds when we want something quick or the always reliable Corner Bakery. Sharon actually found this place online and we were all game. I don’t know very much about Indian cuisine but I was going to go in with an open mind and an empty stomach. After all, I’m a food blogger–I have to take risks, right? Well, not along the lines of Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel) but I was hoping that the staff would guide us through the menu so that our first experience would be a good one.
Located on busy Ventura Boulevard between Shoup and Fallbrook, Anarbagh was given the thumbs up by AAA Magazine and was rated as “Best Indian Restaurant” by the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Daily News. There is street parking in the front (if you are lucky enough to find an open metered spot); otherwise, there is free parking in the back. The restaurant is open, inviting, and very clean.
Their menu offers up a huge selection of Indian delicacies, from appetizers to soups and salads, vegetarian dishes, as well as beef, chicken, lamb and seafood. Tandoori sizzlers also grace the menu and there are Chef Specials cooked in a “balti”. Biryani and Rice, breads (their Garlic Basil Naan is awesome), condiments and desserts round out the rest of their menu.
Since it was lunch and we wanted to go with something familiar, we opted for the Daily Lunch Special For One: the Tandoori Lunch (1/2 chicken either Tandoori or Tikka style) which was served with Rice or Naan Bread (we opted for the rice and ordered a side of the Garlic Basil Naan) and either soup or salad.
I opted for the Mulligatawny Soup made with lentils and mixed vegetables. Very good, mildly spiced and full of flavor. Sharon and Cristina opted for the mixed green salad. We also ordered the Raita–fresh homemade yogurt mixed with cucumbers and spices. Also very good.
Lunch was filling, very flavorful and absolutely delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I returned later in the evening after work because I had left my credit card there by accident and the place was packed so that is a good indicator that the restaurant is a neighborhood favorite. I really enjoyed Anarbagh and will be returning soon.
22721 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills, California 91364