Passage to India

4931 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814


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.

Passage to India

Indian cooking from the country's North, South, East, and West in an elegant dining room.

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THE SCENE. Families and couples from India, Bethesda, and elsewhere switch off their cell phones and hush their voices at this latticed, chandeliered dining room presided over by gentlemanly owner Sudhir Seth.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Seth, who spent years cooking at Heritage India, has crafted a menu all his own, pulling in dishes from across his native India. Sure, you'll find a standout chicken tikka masala, but it's worth branching out to the warming casseroles from the North, biryanis and curries from the South, and seafood and vegetables from the East and West. And the kitchen has a way with the tandoor oven--even seafood comes out soft and succulent.

WHAT YOU WON'T. Impersonal, somewhat stiff service.