Malaysia: Anjappar Chettinaad Restaurant
The Batu Caves tired us out. Unexpectedly, the trek down the 272 stairs took longer than the trek up. The steps were so steep that I clutched the rail each time I lifted my foot.
Anyway, we knew we wanted to try some Indian before we left Kuala Lumpur. The question was just where. I had my trusty little travel notebook with Indian restaurant suggestions in it, but as usual it contained no addresses, only little asterisks among lines denoting streets.
For the life of me, I couldn't find the restaurant I'd painstakingly mapped out. CK got tired of wandering around, so she hopped into a random shop and asked for food recommendations. The surprised lady CK accosted pointed to the restaurant just to the right of her:
Anjappar was rather empty, but we were too pooped to let that bother us:
After flipping through the menu, I spotted something that cracked me up. Anjappar is apparently international and has a branch...in Milpitas, California.
For those of you who don't understand the hilarity of my finding, let me clue you in. My house is located 10 minutes from Milpitas.
The menu was kinda overwhelming, so we let our server take the reigns. Or at least we tried to. He really wasn't all that enthusiastic about it.
We ended up with biryani with some kind of quail:
There's a whole tiny bird buried in there.
Our server suggested we try a set meal, which came with papadum:
And a tray of goodies:
Our server never pointed out to us what was what, but according to online menus, there should be 3 types of veggies, chicken gravy, fish gravy, mutton gravy, curd, and rasam (a South Indian soup).
It also came with rice:
We took up our server's suggestion and ordered a fried chili fish:
At least that's what I think it was. It honestly wasn't that good to me. The fish tasted mummified.
Not the best meal we had in Kuala Lumpur, but it was definitely fun eating off of banana leaves. I do have to be honest and admit that I used utensils instead of my hands. What? I didn't feel like getting my hands dirty!
As we were existing Anjappar, I had to do a double take because I saw the restaurant I'd originally been looking for just at the next street corner.
Life's funny like that.
Anjappar Chettinaad Restaurant
136 Jalan Tun Sambanthan
Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia