Bombay Indian Restaurant
11229 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20904
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 3 and 5 to 9:30, and Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 3 and 5 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Takoma, Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Appetizers $3.50 to $6.95, entrées $8.95 to $18.95.
Why go: The richly layered curries—their heat gentle and insistent, never overpowering—will make you forget about the plain digs and sometimes-surly service.
What to get: A hearty version of the eggplant stew baingan barta; the best malai kofta in the area, the soft veggie dumplings bound in a velvety almond gravy; bright, tangy chicken tikka masala, its gravy vivified by a dollop of tomato paste; incendiary lamb vindaloo; Kashmiri naan, its surface studded with almonds and cherries.
Best for: Vegetarians and diners seeking complex, often luxurious cooking.
Insider tip: Ordering takeout—the preference of many customers during the week—can be a challenge; call ahead 45 minutes or more.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.