One Dish: keema pav at Adya, Anaheim

Apparently there’s something in Indian cuisine called “pav,” and it’s a lot like a Sloppy Joe. In fact, it’s exactly like a Sloppy Joe, only better than any you’ve ever had.

At Adya, the quick-serve Indian restaurant inside the Anaheim Packing District, the pavs come in a variety of flavors, including one made with chicken and another fashioned entirely from vegetables. But the one that I am most excited to discover is the keema pav, which is made with ground lamb. 

The lamb is heavily seasoned with a spicy, tomatoey, curry-like gravy and mounded onto a toasted brioche bun along with a few rings of pickled onion. I crave this thing constantly now. A couple weeks ago, everyone here in the Life |Food section wrote about their favorite three bites of 2014. The pav at Adya didn’t make my Top 3, but if we had extended that list to Top 10, this would have been somewhere in the middle of that list.

It’s a fairly small sandwich, but to be fair, it’s probably the perfect size for a sensible diet. However, because it’s so good, I now order two at a time. After I’ve finished the first pav, I’m still craving two or three more bites. But after I’ve finished the second one, I just want a take a nap — with a smile on my face.

 Anaheim Packing District, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim
When: Lunch and dinner, Tuesdays – Sundays
Phone: 714-533-2392

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