Cheap Eats 2017: Jewel of India

Cheap Eats 2017: Jewel of India
Shrimp moilee at Jewel of India. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

This is one of the few bargain restaurants where vested servers use table-crumbers on white cloths. The sophistication also applies to the kitchen, which highlights Northern Indian fare and a few Indo-Chinese specialties, such as a standout paneer hot-and-sour soup. It’s operated by the same owner as vegetarian Woodlands in Langley Park, so it’s no wonder you’ll want to gravitate to the vegetables here, too. A thali tray is our favorite way to graze on spiced okra and eggplant bhartha, and the creamy dal that accompanies the mix is superior to versions you’ll find elsewhere. Also good: Lamb vindaloo; shrimp jalfrezi with peppers and onions.

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