100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Bindaas


Indian street eats at Bindaas. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Bindaas


3309 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

The restaurant scene in Cleveland Park had seen better days—until the arrival of this Indian street-food place, courtesy of Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam and Ashok Bajaj. The menu of shareable snacks is carefully paced. All the better to savor Sunderam’s tiny masterpieces, such as golgappas—airy puffs filled with avocado and spiced yogurt. The lineup is so tightly tuned that you can order with abandon. If we had one wish for the place, it’d be to turn down the volume. Moderate.

Also great: crab idiyappam; chicken kathi roll; steamed market fish; bacon-chili naan.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

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Food Editor

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