100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Passage to India
The dining room at Passage to India in Bethesda, Maryland. Photograph by Chris Campbell.
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Passage to India
Address: 4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-656-3373
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Opening Hours: Daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Sev-murmura chaat; samosa with chickpeas and yogurt; lamb cooked in the tandoor oven; shrimp in coconut curry; pickle plate; fresh mango with yogurt.

Some of Bethesda’s best cooking goes on in the kitchen behind this quietly elegant white-tablecloth dining room, showcasing dishes from northern, southern, eastern, and western India. It’s a restaurant that rewards conservative choices such as chicken tikka masala—among the best we’ve tried—as much as it does more adventurous ones. Tamarind-laced fish vendiam curry stands out among the southern-influenced dishes. Malai chingri, juicy shrimp in coconut sauce, is a tasty ambassador for the East. And a Parsi-style lamb stew dotted with apricots is a standout western offering. Weekdays at lunch, enjoy a satisfying meal—including soup, entrĂ©e, naan, lentils, and dessert—for less than $15.

Open: Daily for lunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Mulligatawny soup; yam-and-apple salad; goat curry; tandoori scallops; cheese dumplings with figs; garlic naan; masala chai tea; rice pudding.

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