Cheap Eats 2007: Dehli Club
Comments () | Published July 12, 2007

Delhi Club
Address: 1135 N. Highland St., Arlington, VA
Phone: 703.527.5666
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: Indian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM. Open Saturday 11:30 AM to midnight. Open Sunday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes spinach-and-potato fritters; tandoori chicken wings; five-spice Bengali shrimp; crabcakes; chicken curry; bhuna bhartha; tandoor breads.
Price Details: Appetizers $3 to $6.75, entrées $8.50 to $19.50.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday, 4:30 PM to 6 PM.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

You don’t have to join, and nothing about the place, wedged into a corner across from the Clarendon Metro, suggests exclusivity. It’s the passionate, detail-minded cooking that puts Delhi Club in select company as one of the few Indian places around that please the palate and don’t pinch the pocketbook.

The restaurant is the smaller, younger sibling of Bombay Curry Company. There’s overlap in the menus, but where Bombay Curry Company excels in meats, Delhi Club excels in vegetables. The paneer—house-made cheese—is a standout, served as saag paneer (with creamy spinach) or in a tomato sauce scented with cardamom, cloves, ginger, garlic, and dried fenugreek leaves.

Don’t ignore the lamb dishes: The chops are juicy, thick, and insinuatingly spiced, the seekh kebab is ground in-house with just the right amount of fat, and the rogan josh is simmered in a spicy sauce with onions and tomatoes. The breads are good, particularly the five types of nan, one topped with chopped garlic, another stuffed with ground lamb.

The $9.95 weekend lunch buffet features a dozen or more dishes, including multiple preparations of lamb, chicken, fish, and vegetables.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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