Cheap Eats 2015: London Curry House

Where we go for an Indian buffet on date night.

The Indian lunch buffet is often a solid value, but rarely is it offered with the level of care and ambition you’ll find at Asad Sheikh’s Cameron Station dining room. In place of a standard-issue steam table are square glass bowls filled with lush curries, trays of delicate vegetable fritters, and jugs of rose-infused water. The $11.99 deal ($13.99 on weekends) is a terrific tour of what the kitchen can do, but come anytime and you’ll be rewarded with rich, velvety stews—a superlative butter chicken, an addictive version of the eggplant purée known as baingan bharta—and gracious, helpful service. Few settings on the Cheap Eats list are as well suited for a date night as this corner dining room, with soaring arched windows and burnt-orange walls.

Cuisine: Indian

Where you can get it: 191 Somervelle St., Alexandria; 703-419-3160

Also good: Dahi poori, crisps filled with yogurt and tamarind; tandoori chicken wings; chicken or lamb with hara daniya, a cilantro-and-mint curry; goatbiryani; onion kulcha and garlic naan.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.