I’ve eaten at Anmol for a couple of years now, and it occurred to me that it’s a good place to go if you’re unfamiliar with Indian cuisine. Anmol is at the intersection of Alafaya Trail and University Boulevard in east Orlando, across the street from the University of Central Florida.
The staff is friendly and the service is quick. I usually have the same dish every time I go (I’m hooked on pasanda), but I have tried many of the others. I usually start with Masala tea–chai tea with milk and a blend of spices that include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and sugar. I usually order the lunch special: any of the curry dishes served with basmati rice, nan (bread), dal soup, and onion chutney. The dal soup is made with yellow or red lentils, turmeric, and a hint of lemon. I’m sure other spices are in the dal soup, but I don’t know them well enough to name them.
Anmol offers both a vegetarian and non vegetarian lunch special: vegetable curry, aloo mutter tamatar, chana sag, palak aloo, chicken and lamb curry, pasanda, tandoori, and mutter. Potatoes, chick peas, green peas, tomatoes, and peppers are ingredients in the vegetarian dishes. Lamb and chicken are the two meat-based curries; all are served with onion chutney, fragrant basmati rice, and nan.
My favorite dish is the chicken pasanda: chicken pieces cooked in a rich almond cream sauce. The chicken tandoori is delicious too. Tandoori is chicken marinated in yogurt and mild spices, and then roasted in a clay oven. The chicken curry is awesome and so is the nan: a flat bread baked in a clay oven. I usually go for the nan as soon as it’s served. (There’s nothing better than fresh-baked bread.) The gulab jamun, a light pastry made with dry milk and honey, is a good choice for dessert or methai. The mango ice cream is wonderful, and the rasmalai is on my wish list for next time.
The menu offers over 82 items, not including the lunch specials, or the beverages. Lunch is $7.95-$8.95; appetizers range from $2.50 for papadam to $10.95 for seikh kebab or the Anmol special appetizer; chutneys are $2.00; dinner entrees range from $9.50 for yellow dal fry to $17.95 for tandoori shrimp; breads $2.00 – $4.75; and, desserts are $3.50 each.
It took me a long while to acquire a taste for Indian food, I think, because I was not used to eating many of the spices. If you’re a lover of Indian food, or if you want to give a try, then Anmol is the place to go. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Anmol Indian Cuisine
12239 University Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32817-2134
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