A chandeliered Indian cafe and cocktail lounge.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
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Address: 3512-14 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-244-6600
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Indian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Friday through Sunday noon to 3. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:30; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Cleveland Park
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Lychee Bubbles cocktail; Pomegranate Martini; crab cakes; mini dosas; deconstructed vegetable samosa; tandoori shrimp; tandoori lamb chops; Cornish-hen curry.
Price Details: Dinner small plates, $5 to $8; entrées, $12 to $23
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Outdoor Seating

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THE SCENE. Traditional and modern are come together to great effect at this stylish Indian duplex in Cleveland Park--think burnt-orange walls and crystal chandeliers--where young professionals and more-settled sorts throng for Indian food gone glam.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. The downtown-comes-uptown sensibility and a menu that embraces the cuisine of northern and southern India and dishes up some fusion surprises, too. The $20 three-course pretheater menu is a steal.

WHAT YOU WON'T. Servers who need to bone up on the food and the occasional wait, even with a reservation. The open floor plan and split-level design make for an ambient din that can escalate to a roar.

BEST DISHES. Creative cocktails that aren't cloying, among them the terrific Lychee Bubbles and Pomegranate Martini; surprisingly good red-pepper-and-anise-flecked crab cakes; mini dosas with a lineup of offbeat chutneys; the deconstructed vegetable samosa, as delicious as it is stunning to look at; tandoori shrimp; tandoori lamb chops; Cornish-hen curry with hot peppers and curry leaves.


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