633 D St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-637-1222 | 202-466-2500
Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday dinner.
Price Range: Expensive
Palak chaat; tandoori lamb chops; truffle-oil naan; apple beignet with cardamom ice cream.
The star of Ashok Bajaj’s impressive restaurant portfolio has long been this glittering Penn Quarter Indian hot spot, done up in the warm tones of a spice market. So when he set out to open a spinoff in a West End condo building, it wouldn’t have been surprising if he cloned the original. Instead, the new sibling has its own personality—all cool blues and quirky design touches (ask for a seat in one of the carriage-like booths).
The restaurants have different chefs, but both excel at deeply fragrant curries and creative tweaks on samosas and breads. Stick to the familiar and you’ll encounter a gold-standard chicken tikka masala, or branch out and discover, say, tender duck roasted with honey and ginger. If only the desserts lived up to the rest of the meal.Don’t miss: Ragda patties (spicy potato with chutneys); palak chaat—fried spinach with yogurt and tamarind; mango shrimp; avocado-and-banana chaat;scallops with honey and ginger; black cod with honey and dill; chicken makhani; shrimp masala; goat-cheese-stuffed kulcha; garlic naan. Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive.