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Indian Restaurant$$$$
West End, Washington
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    The experts at Epicurious and AFAR Media recommend this place
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    Wael H.
    "The sweet potato samosa and the palak chaat for starters 👌🏼"(20 Tips)
    Brian C.
    "And, of course, the crispy spinach is as great as others have said."(18 Tips)
    Alexandre M.
    "Eggplant, smoked lentils and chicken tikka masala... all good."(9 Tips)
    Iván C.
    "Fried spinach and the curry halibut was amazing."(5 Tips)
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  • palak chaat
  • crispy spinach
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • good for groups
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  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Modern take on Indian cuisine and the best Indian food in the area. Reservations are a must and it is not a cheap restaurant! Start with the crispy spinach dish as an won't regret it
    Upvoted Apr 23
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeMarch 6, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow....yea it MIGHT be the best Indian in the US. The fish in banana leaf was amazing, like an Indian miso glaze, and only $12! Got out with 3 apps for $35 and they were all fantastic. So good
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 13, 2015
    One of the toughest reservations in town is a table at one of the best Indian restaurants in the country. They also like to incorporate other ingredients like asparagus and duck into their dishes. Read more
  • Jason M.heart icon on user image
    Jason MarlowJune 10, 2014
    Best Indian food in the US. Out of all the amazing standouts we had, the spinach and lentil dishes were truly memorable. Our waiter Victor made it an experience we would love to repeat soon.
  • Harper W.heart icon on user image
    Harper WentzApril 24, 2015
    I loved the palak chaat (crispy spinach) it's just the right amount of spicy and crunchy. I also love the chicken tikka masala, it's perfectly spicy and the sauce is creamy and flavorful
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsJanuary 29, 2015
    Come here to have a first class dining experience with superb service and exquisitely prepared dishes like Palak Chaat, Green Peas Samosa, Tandoori Lamb Chops and Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani.
  • Lamia A.
    Lamia ASeptember 5, 2014
    Crispy baby spinach salad Beyond delicious what I call Indian to die for 9ra7ah! food,service,decorations in general incredible👌 plus if there's a room for dessert their date toffee cake is a must😴
  • Ali M.
    Ali MandsaurwalaJuly 2, 2013
    The best Indian restaurant in the entire United States! And trust me I have been to quite a few across the States...this is hands down the best. Everything on the menu is sublime!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    On a recent visit, I feasted on a Keralan-style fish curry—utterly delicious. Be sure to order the naan. It’s made to order so it comes to the table piping hot. Read more
  • Anna J.heart icon on user image
    Anna JohnMay 5, 2015
    The coconut/caramel/jaggery pancakes were pretty, but so underwhelming. The AYCD Bloody Mary with fresh green Kandari/chilis, was delish...and if you can't decide, you can switch btwn Bloodys/Mimosas.
  • H L.heart icon on user image
    H LFebruary 13, 2022
    11-Feb: visited with Lauren C. Tried the samosas (slightly spicy!), lamb biryani, and onion & sage naan. Would definitely go back! Loved the Sania (bourbon based) cocktail as well.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CAugust 8, 2014
    Indian food at its absolute best. Even common dishes like chicken tikka masala are elevated to new heights! Great cocktails too!
  • deenuhfoowadheart icon on user image
    deenuhfoowadNovember 23, 2014
    the cod was good but I don't recommend it since there are many more authentic Indian options here that are so goooooood. the curries and korma! amaziiiing. best Indian food in DC!
  • Evan C.heart icon on user image
    Evan ChenAugust 3, 2016
    One of the best Indian restaurant in DC! Everything is good here to be honest, but I must say Palak chaat (crispy spinach) is a must!
  • Pam R.
    Pam R.October 9, 2013
    Upscale Indian that's amazing. Get the cauliflower if you like spicy. Fish dishes are great too - cod or grouper are best. And the chicken tikka masala is perfect.
  • Alexandre M.heart icon on user image
    Alexandre MunhozSeptember 23, 2018
    High end indian food. Eggplant, smoked lentils and chicken tikka masala... all good. Deserts are also good such as the coconut panna cotta.
  • Jon W.
    Jon WhitmoreMay 11, 2014
    Best Indian in DC. Dishes you love with slightly more complex palates and the palak chat really is something that must be tried here. Verdict: the hype is real.
  • Raj S.heart icon on user image
    Raj SoodMarch 19, 2019
    Their chicken tikka masala is very good and arguably the best in town! It is a little bit spicy and is served with either rice or roti.
  • Mansour M.heart icon on user image
    Mansour MadiApril 11, 2015
    Good food and service, crowded which gives assurance that food is fresh. Food portion is small. Good wine and atmosphere. They have the best dry spinach starter.
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AkbrudAugust 26, 2013
    The crispy spinach is fantastic. Note that many, if not most of the entrees don't come with rice or bread. I recommend the bread bowl, it comes with both roti and naan.
  • Lewis W.heart icon on user image
    Lewis WilkinsSeptember 8, 2015
    Palak chaat is among the best foods I have ever had. The rest of their veg tasting menu is very good. Very good service.
  • Markus K.heart icon on user image
    Markus KaufmannJanuary 11, 2019
    Go for the tasting menu with wine pairing. As a starter they offer flash fried baby spinach. It's just amazing!
  • Matt B.heart icon on user image
    Matt BernsteinMay 23, 2015
    The palak chaat (crispy spinach) is the best. The chicken tikka masala is outstanding. You really can't go wrong here.
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenFebruary 19, 2020
    The crispy spinach appetizer is incredible — a unique taste and texture!
  • Hoff
    HoffAugust 27, 2013
    Start with the Bronzino and crispy spinach and follow with the lamb with tomatoes, onions and apricots and the black cod. Life changing!
  • Wael H.heart icon on user image
    Wael HazzaziJune 7, 2019
    The sweet potato samosa and the palak chaat for starters 👌🏼
  • Lauren F.heart icon on user image
    Lauren FitzgeraldAugust 13, 2014
    The best Indian food I've had. The Adhar Chicken Curry was excellent with the perfect amount of spice!
  • Cesar C.heart icon on user image
    Cesar CalderonMarch 2, 2018
    Excellent food. Enjoy the palak chaat & the different curries
  • Brian G.
    Brian GluckmanMay 26, 2012
    You MUST have the crispy fried spinach appetizer. It'll change the way you view leafy greens.
  • Manik K.heart icon on user image
    Manik KhannaJanuary 26, 2013
    Got to say - probably the best Indian food I've had in the states! Amazing! Highly recommend the truffle oil naan.
  • Brian C.heart icon on user image
    Brian ChaseOctober 22, 2014
    I was really impressed with the Tandori Chicken. And, of course, the crispy spinach is as great as others have said.
  • Slavens a.
    Slavens and AssociatesOctober 20, 2013
    Heaven, just heaven. Always thought Toronto had the best Indian food but this kicks the crap out of anything I've had anywhere!!!!
  • John D.heart icon on user image
    John DuncanOctober 23, 2015
    It is all great. It's an investment so just let the waiter guide you and sit back and enjoy.
  • Abdulaziz H.
    Abdulaziz HDOctober 10, 2014
    Crunchy spinach & kebab as a starter biryani with butter chicken & masala for the main course
  • Iván C.
    Iván ChAugust 19, 2012
    Fried spinach and the curry halibut was amazing. If you want to start with a nice cocktail try the Rasika, delicious.
  • Jean M.
    Jean MarieSeptember 10, 2014
    Crispy spinach, lamb chops, and chicken tikka masala are all excellent dishes that are must try's.
  • Ravi B.
    Ravi BatraJuly 26, 2015
    Palak chaat (spinach crisp) is amazing!
  • Gary B.heart icon on user image
    Gary BarrettSeptember 4, 2021
    The food is excellent. Make sure to ask for the tasting menu!
  • Regis A.heart icon on user image
    Regis ALEXANDREJuly 19, 2014
    Try chicken 65 appetizer with a king Fisher beer what else !!!
  • Tiffany C.heart icon on user image
    Tiffany ChristopherSeptember 24, 2018
    Great food! Try the tasting menu. A lot of food and reasonably priced
  • Anton Z.
    Anton ZolotovAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, Lamb Chops, Cucumber Raita are the best.
  • Alicia G.heart icon on user image
    Alicia GutierrezMarch 23, 2016
    Simple delicious! You don't wanna miss it. Vegetarian options are great
  • Abdullahheart icon on user image
    AbdullahJuly 20, 2016
    Chicken tikka masala 👍🏻
  • Jorge Z.heart icon on user image
    Jorge ZepedaNovember 27, 2014
    It is a major sin if you don't ask for the crispy spinach as an entree. The decoration is great!!!
  • Jaime C.
    Jaime CookMarch 29, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything was delicious but the Crispy Spinach is a must get!
  • Rachel
    RachelJune 29, 2012
    Eating outside was great. Food was filling and reasonably priced. If you don't get the palak chaat there is something wrong with you.
  • Julialouisegraves G.heart icon on user image
    Everything is delicious. Be sure to get the fried spinach
  • Gonzaloheart icon on user image
    GonzaloAugust 22, 2016
    Tried both the lamb and the duck and they are excellent.
  • Lisa H.heart icon on user image
    Lisa HanJune 17, 2017
    Crispy spinach too good!! Good atmosphere and nice staff.
  • Adrian C.heart icon on user image
    Adrian CheongDecember 31, 2016
    Excellent modern Indian cuisine. Highly recommended
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