Ananda, arguably one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced

Jan 10, 2019
I have eaten some fabulous meals all over the world: from a holes in the wall in Amsterdam, to fine dining with an interesting take on classics in the US.  I take food pretty seriously. When we travel the first thing I do is check out the food scene.  I find out where the local chefs eat, and I GO TO THERE! My husband and I love trying the local specialties from the best (not necessarily nicest or most famous) places in the area.  Some of my favorite meals were in India, and while I am not an expert on Indian cuisine, I think having visited five times does give me a little street credit.  This is not a sponsored post, though many months ago I did a review that was sponsored.  This post may contain affiliate links, and here is a link to my updated privacy policy.

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Ananda is hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced.


From the brothers that opened the Ambassador Dining Room in Baltimore, Ananda is their newest fine dining Indian venture.  Every detail is gorgeous: the fireplaces, the wallpaper, the bookcase niches, to the bar top.  It. Is. Stunning.  (FYI it is rated 4.5 stars on Zagat and here is a link to a review from the Washingtonian.)

Not only is it stunning, but it is the perfect place for a date night.  


To be honest, my husband and I are hard pressed to go anywhere else.  Admittedly, it is very conveniently located and close to us, but when we have an occasion (or a date night) we usually choose Ananda.  

The daily happy hour is SO good.


Every day from 4-6 (except Monday when they are closed), Ananda features a lengthy menu including appetizers and drinks. Here is a link to that menu.  One of our favorite things to do is to get a sitter for an hour, go sit at the bar, share some appetizers (and perhaps and adult beverage if we are feeling spunky), and talk about the kids.  I highly recommend the Kerala cake, the Parinda (pictured) and the Masala fries.

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The food is outstanding.


We have eaten at Ananda a lot.  a lot a lot.  I even hosted my husbands PhD party there.  I have to tell you that I have never had a bad meal.  Never.  Nothing is ever under or overdone.  (Here is a link to the menu). The attention to detail is astonishing.  Binda Singh, one of the brothers who created Ananda, lives nearby and raises eggs for the restaurant.  He and I have had many conversations about the importance of quality ingredients, and Binda has focused on lots of organic, local, and sustainable options on the menu.


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The service is even better.


You barely leave your seat to use the restroom when someone comes, refolds your napkin, and places it neatly on the table.  If I even think about wanting more water, there is someone else there filling it.  One of the best aspects is that most of the employees are family or long term.  I have seen many of those faces since Ananda opened, and I love that.  Have I mentioned that they are great with kids too?


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Ananda is located at 7421 Maple Lawn BLVD, Fulton MD 20759.  It is open from Tuesday to Thursday 11:30-10.  Friday and Saturday 11:30-11, and Sunday from 11-10.



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