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711 W. Historic Mitchell St., (414) 944-0762
Anmol has been one of my go-to Pakistani restaurants for years. In fact, it seems each time I order their food I find even more to love. Over the years, beautiful dishes have come and gone (like a mango habanero chicken dish, which gleaned fruity and floral notes, along with a bit of heat from habanero peppers and Alphonso mango pulp). But the kitchen staff always seem to have something delicious in their pockets, whether it be goat and mutton curries rich with cardamom and ginger or newfangled items like the Burger 65, which was recommended to me by an OnMilwaukee reader, and which I ordered this week.
First things first, you shouldn’t expect a burger. What you should expect is Anmol’s take on the Nashville hot chicken sandwich. The Burger 65 features breaded, fried chicken breast tossed in spicy tomato 65 sauce with rich curry leaf cream and lettuce ($8).
Secondly, it’s delicious. The foundations of the sandwich are based on a dish called Chicken 65 (which is also available on their menu). It’s a storied dish with an origin Chennai, India; but there are many legends surrounding both its name and original composition. There are also many variations of the dish served in restaurants throughout India and beyond, though they all contain fried chicken cooked in a spicy red-chili-laden sauce.
At Anmol, the dish features cubes of crisp fried chicken in a chili-spiced tomato sauce scented with curry leaves and jalapenos. And the chicken sandwich makes liberal use of the sauce, which is complemented by a second sauce that’s rich, fragrant and ultra creamy. Both are redolent with spices; and together they make this sandwich absolutely one-of-a-kind. While a mild version is available, I ordered mine extra spicy. That gave me a piece of chicken with a pleasant amount of kick, but still allowed the nuances of the sauce to shine through.
If you like a good, spicy fried chicken sandwich (and don’t mind one that gets a bit messy in the eating), the Burger 65 is a lovely departure from the norm.
Because the sandwich was already a departure from my usual order, I also took the opportunity to order the masala fries, crisp curly fries seasoned with chat masala ($5). They were deliciously spiced and even more tasty when dipped into the accompanying green chutney, rich with cilantro, mint and citrus.
I also ordered palak paneer ($14). I’d been craving the dish for a couple of weeks and easily justified the addition since it added a vegetable component to my dinner plate. As always, the creamy spinach-based dish was nicely balanced with hints of ginger, garam masala and garlic, plus plenty of texture from the fried paneer. The leftovers also reheated nicely for lunch the next day. Nextovers are always a win!
How to order
You can certainly call in your order. But the easiest (and best) route is to order online directly from the Anmol website. Firstly, the 65 burger isn’t available if you order through apps like EatStreet or UberEats. Secondly, ordering directly through ChowNow on the Anmol site ensures that all the money from your order goes directly to Anmol.
All of that aside, online ordering is easy. You can specify a pick-up time, which the restaurant will confirm by email. From there, just show up at your assigned time for pick-up. Delivery is also available for an additional fee.
Anmol is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.