Cheap Eats 2012: Spice Xing
Tandoori chicken wings (left) and Balchao shrimp (right). Photographs by Scott Suchman.
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Spice Xing
Address: 100-B Gibbs St., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-610-0303
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Indian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch daily 11:30 to 2:30, dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5:30-10:30
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Mini-dosas; tandoori wings; barbecue jumbo shrimp; Persian-style lamb-and-apricot stew; chicken tikka masala; roasted baby eggplants; lychee mojito.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

This Rockville Town Square dining room is as colorful as a Delhi spice market—a fitting setting for the creative Indian cooking, which you can sample the old-fashioned way—with communal bowls of curries and fluffy rice—or with an array of small plates.

Among the latter are such snack-size shares as fat prawns butterflied and glazed in tangy tamarind, aggressively spiced tandoori wings, and a tiny version of the paper-thin crepes known as dosas.

Among curries and stews, we like the rich and piquant paneer makhani and the slightly sweet Persian-style lamb stew with apricots. This is one of the prettier affordable restaurants, but takeout is available at a 15-percent discount, and curries travel especially well.

Also good: Papri chaat, a potato-and-chickpea salad with yogurt and chutney; scallops cooked on the tawa grill; shrimp in a green-chili/coconut curry; tandoori pineapple; lychee mojito and martini; tamarind margarita.

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  • A countertop coffee grinder works, too, but if you're a regular coffee drinker, buy a separate one for beans.

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