Details

Masala Art

4441-B Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016

202-362-4441

Neighborhood: Upper Northwest

Cuisines: Indian

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.masalaartdc.com

Best Dishes:
Bhel puri; samosas; chickpea-and-onion fritters; dal; butter chicken; sole curry; chicken in saffron-and-cashew curry; naan with rock salt and cilantro.

Price Details:
Starters, $4.25 to $5.50; main courses, $9.95 to $21.95.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery

Cheap Eats 2012: Masala Art

Cheap Eats 2012

The soft-spoken servers and sedate dining room give no hint of what’s to come when you get to the table: a tama-rind-striped potato-and-chickpea salad that’s a riot of flavors, a vindaloo so fiery it challenges the most dedicated spice lovers.

This is the most vibrant Indian cooking in the area—and at lunch, when a well-stocked buffet costs $9.50 a person, some of the most affordable. You’ll want plenty of raita and a basket filled with such breads as cilantro-sprinkled naan and mint-flecked paratha to counter the heat of the curries.

Also good: The puffed-rice salad called bhel puri; pan-fried potato cakes with yogurt; chicken makhani in a creamy tomato gravy; sole in coconut-and-mint curry; lamb in mint-and-cilantro gravy; naan with garlic and black pepper.