Bombay Club

Power-lunchers flock to this elegant Indian dining room.

From “Best Indian Restaurants,” May 2004

Champagne brunch at the Bombay Club, a stone's throw from the White House, is a nice way to enjoy a Sunday. You might spot such patrons as former president Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Cheney, Nelson Mandela, or Madeleine Albright. The sober yet striking ambience is reminiscent of the days of the British Raj. It's a great spot for power lunches. Says owner Ashok Bajaj, "I wanted to provide a place where people could come enjoy the taste of Indian food without the overpowering taste of overspiced cooking."

Bombay Club is known for its breads, particularly its naan. Use it to mop up the cilantro-based green chili chicken or the tangy Goan fish curry. Ask for the house-made mango chutney. The Bombay Club also has an interesting wine list. "Wine was an important part of ancient Indian cuisine," Bajaj says, "but has been overlooked in most Indian restaurants."