100-B Gibbs St.
Rockville, MD 20850
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Indian
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
Noise Level: Chatty
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
Why go: The most interesting restaurant in Rockville Town Square is this Indian dining room with billowing jewel-tone silks. The menu—crafted by Passage to India owner Sudhir Seth—is just as colorful, ranging from traditional curries to Bombay street fare to coriander-spiked margaritas.
What to get: Miniature potato-stuffed dosas with spicy coconut chutney; chili-cheese toast, an excellent bar snack; dahi papri chaat, a cold salad of potatoes, chickpeas, tamarind, and yogurt; bread pakora, chutney sandwiches with a ketchup-like dipping sauce; chicken tikka masala with an unexpected kick; chicken malbari; lamb stew with apricots; tandoori-charred pineapple; lychee mojito and martini.
Best for: A date that doesn’t feel budget; cocktails and bar snacks.
Insider tip: Weekdays from 5 to 6:30, you’ll find discounts on beer, wine, martinis, and some of the best small plates around.
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