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Hidden Eats: Mem Sahib
The meal begins when a sari-clad waitress arrives with a silver pitcher and bowl to perform a hand-washing ceremony, because everything is eaten with your hands (and naan).
At this point, you’re likely getting full—fortunately, tea counts as one of the remaining three courses. Hot towels arrive for another hand-washing (much needed). Then comes a big bowl overflowing with fruit and nuts (and nutcrackers, since the nuts are still in the shells). Small silver bowls of Indian rice pudding arrive soon after, followed by glasses of not-too-sweet chai tea.
The sweet hostess, who sat down on the couch with us to explain the dinner experience, said the place is packed on weekends—there’s a belly-dancing show on Friday and Saturday nights. On our Wednesday visit, we still got some entertainment—Indian pop music videos playing on a big screen. The music is catchy and though the videos are cheesy, they’re hilarious and hard to stop watching. For a group seeking something fun and a bit different on a budget, Mem Sahib is a real find.
Mem Sahib, 4840 Boiling Brook Parkway, Rockville; 301-468-0098; Memsahibrestaurant.com.
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