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9811 Washingtonian Blvd. (Rio Blvd.) Send to Phone
Casual Indian eatery brings regional specialties to suburban Maryland.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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: We loved this Indian import---part of a chain on the East Coast---with its lakeside view and open kitchen, for the concept here is regional Indian cooking with no Western spin. Its menu spotlights complex dishes, interpreted by Indian chefs and served punctually in a setting vibrating with the colors of the spices themselves. Apparently, the premise is to educate Westerners about the delights of the more unusual Indian dishes, such as the lamb-coconut-chili fry, clearly from somewhere in Southern India, with its abundance of shredded coconut and slow heat. Also look for such startling new flavors as the baby eggplants braised with raisin and cashew in the baigan patiala, or the Hyderabad specialty, the chicken sixty-five with its mahogany glaze and intense chilied bite. Of course, you'll find tandoori dishes, but the emphasis here is on curries and great, puffy breads---these are don't miss so order up a basket. Vegetarians are definitely included in this menu, with such offerings as the tandoori subzi, a marinated fresh vegetable medley. You may wonder about desserts, and the mango delight (homemade mango ice cream) is worth the splurge.


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