Anita's Indian Bistro

Comfort food, with spices, in Maple Leaf.

Indian cuisine is comfort food. Comforting, because the menu almost always offers "your dish," reliable Aloo Gobhi (cauliflower and potatoes with spices), a crispy samosa starter, or Chicken Tikka Masala, that sets your palate tingling. On a recent trip to Anita's Bistro, I ordered mine. The Lamb Vindaloo ($12.95) featured tender meat in a thick, pronounced sauce. Delicious. The naan ($1.95) was fluffy and crisp in all the right places. And complimentary papadums featured the rustic spice kick of whole cumin seeds—a pleasant surprise. Between the variety of appetizers; naans; and lamb, chicken, seafood, or clay-oven specialties, you'll probably find your dish, too. Anita's Tandoori Chicken ($10.95) would have benefited from a leaner bird. But with service so impeccable, it's hard to squawk. EMILY PAGE

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