Cheap Eats 2012: Masala Art
Bhel puri salad at Masala Art. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Masala Art
Address: 4441-B Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-362-4441
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Cuisines: Indian
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Bhel puri; samosas; chickpea-and-onion fritters; dal; butter chicken; sole curry; chicken in saffron-and-cashew curry; naan with rock salt and cilantro.
Price Details: Starters, $4.25 to $5.50; main courses, $9.95 to $21.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery
Cheap Eats 2012

The soft-spoken servers and sedate dining room give no hint of what’s to come when you get to the table: a tama-rind-striped potato-and-chickpea salad that’s a riot of flavors, a vindaloo so fiery it challenges the most dedicated spice lovers.

This is the most vibrant Indian cooking in the area—and at lunch, when a well-stocked buffet costs $9.50 a person, some of the most affordable. You’ll want plenty of raita and a basket filled with such breads as cilantro-sprinkled naan and mint-flecked paratha to counter the heat of the curries.

Also good: The puffed-rice salad called bhel puri; pan-fried potato cakes with yogurt; chicken makhani in a creamy tomato gravy; sole in coconut-and-mint curry; lamb in mint-and-cilantro gravy; naan with garlic and black pepper.

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