Bombay Indian Restaurant
11229 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20904
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Open Monday through Sunday 11 to 3 and 4:30 to 9
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: The welcome can be surly and the service grudging at this paint-freshened dining room in a shabby White Oak strip mall. But a few spoonfuls into the complex, subtly spiced curries and it probably won’t matter. When it’s on, this is some of the area’s best Indian cooking.
What to get: Superb chicken tikka masala; malai kofta, vegetable dumplings in almond cream sauce; scorching lamb vindaloo; three veggie curries—baingan bharta (eggplant), saag paneer (spinach), and aloo gobhi (cauliflower and potato); Kashmiri naan with chopped maraschino cherries and almonds.
Best for: If ever a restaurant were made for takeout, this one’s it.
Insider tip: Did we mention the service? Even if you phone in your order, you may have to wait when you arrive for pickup.
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