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June 2004: Aditi

Indian restaurants have come and gone, but Aditi remains, dependable as an old friend, at the corner of M and 33rd streets in Georgetown. The restaurant looks better than ever. Two years ago the owners installed several large windows on the main level. It's much more inviting now—full of light during the day, a good place to watch Georgetown street life in the evening.

Appetizers break no new ground but are well prepared. Good choices include spicy Malabar prawns; Masala Paneer, grilled cheese cubes with bell pepper, tomatoes, and onions; and a nicely fried samosa stuffed with potatoes and peas. Among the main courses, two lamb dishes stand out: the moderately spicy lamb vindaloo with its vinegary tang, and a delicate lamb korma in a creamy sauce with almonds. Tandoori chicken on the bone is crisp-skinned and moist. Seafood dishes include a very good Malabar fish curry in a sauce of coconut milk and tomatoes, and the Konju Masala, shrimp sautéed with spices, tomatoes, and green peppers. Breads are delicious, particularly the Pudbina Paratha, sprinkled with mint leaves.

Aditi, 3299 M St., NW; 202-625-6825. No wheelchair access.

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