The food: A tandoori clay oven uses charcoal to cook skewered, marinated duck, lamb, shrimp, and chicken. Thalis—an array of dishes served on a silver platter—include a mix of meats or seafood or a vegetarian selection. A long list of curries rivals the many vegetarian options on the menu.
The scene: A white grand piano, rows of greenery in golden planters, and semicircular banquettes lend an Old World opulence to the dining room, which was designed in the style of a club. Ceiling fans spin indoors, while patio seating brings white-tablecloth elegance outside. Looking to spot a celebrity? Boldface customers have included First Lady Laura Bush, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Clinton.
What’s nearby: Farragut Square, Lafayette Park, and the White House are all close. The Mall, DAR Constitution Hall, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art are a short walk away.
Insider Tips: Live piano music accompanies every dinner. Valet parking is complimentary.