Details

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 2011: Spice Xing

Of all the Indian restaurants on this list, Sudhir Seth's Rockville Town Square dining room is the prettiest. With its jewel-toned fabrics, photographs of brick-red chilies, and smooth service, it's especially good for a date night.

Interesting small plates include kathi rolls, the cool potato salad called papri chaat, and tandoori chicken wings--sample them with abandon during the weeknight happy hour. Stews, such as green-chili-stoked shrimp curry and the ubiquitous chicken tikka masala, stand out for their assertively spiced gravies.

It's unusual to find such delicious cocktails at budget Indian restaurants, but the coriander margaritas and lychee-ginger martinis are nearly as big a draw as the kitchen.

Also good: Tamarind shrimp; lamb stew with apricots; tandoori pineapple; lychee mojito.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.