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Spice Xing

100-B Gibbs St.
Rockville, MD 20850

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

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.spicexing.com

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 2009: Spice Xing

Great food, low prices, lots of fun.

Why go: Sudhir Seth, chef/owner of the more traditional Passage to India in Bethesda, opened this storefront in Rockville Town Center to highlight the European and East Asian influences in Indian cuisine: Flavors of Portugal, China, France, and Spain find their way into food that’s as vibrant as the Technicolor decor.

What to get: Tandoori chicken wings with a citrus tang; dahi papri chaat, a combination of seasoned yogurt and firm chickpeas, with a crackling garnish of sev, fried chickpea noodles; malbari chicken, a rust-orange curry with coconut, coriander, and tomato; aloo do piaza, cumin-scented potatoes with charred sweet onions; paneer makhani, mild tofu-like cubes of Indian cheese in a barely sweet butter-and-tomato sauce.

Best for: Budget dining with the feel of a four-star restaurant.

Insider tip: At happy hour, Monday through Friday 2:30 to 6:30, nine appetizers, such as tandoori wings, are $3 or $4 each.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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