Growing up, Chakra Café’s owner Monisha lived two different lives. At school, she was known by her given name and spent lunch hours twirling spaghetti on a fork. But at home, Monisha’s Bengali parents only referred to her by her nickname, Hashi–or laughter–and mealtimes meant scooping up lamb curry with a piece of luchi. The duality of Monisha’s two worlds–and the food she was exposed to–left a lasting impression and is the driving force behind the Café’s menu.
Inside Chakra Café’s kitchen, chefs marry Indian flavors with culinary traditions from around the world, using recipes adapted from Monisha’s mother, according to a Patch.com article. Traditional Bengali dishes such as begun bhartha–roasted eggplant flavored with green mango–are served solo or stuffed inside quesadillas with smoked fontina cheese, roasted pine nuts, and raitha yogurt sauce. Other Indian staples are also Americanized, from the tandoori chicken that tops flatbread pizzas to spaghetti paired with lamb meatballs and a whisper of ghee. Each item on the menu is clearly marked as halal, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, making it easy to decipher the dishes without meat and the ones that require each bite to be chewed 32 times.
A palate-friendly palace in gold and green, Heritage India is the latest outpost of owner Sanjeev Tuli?s globe-spanning career in the hospitality business. Past ornate artwork and an elegant dining room, head chef Dawa Tamang draws on the culinary styles of his birthplace. The influence shows in menus of flavorful fusion cuisine, including calamari saut?ed with curry leaves and coconut milk; hyderabadi murgh haleem, a dish of chicken, barley, lentils, and spices; and golgappas, a popular street food made of puffed wheat, potato, and chickpeas.
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At the age of 14, Bikram Choudhury, with three National India Yoga competitions under his mat, had already been named king of the yogis by Swami Sivananda. As an adult, the United Nations put Bikram on the payroll, along with doctors and researchers at Tokyo University, so that he could teach them the healing potential of the ancient practice. Now, his signature brand of yoga—constructed with scientific rigor and the insights borne of millennia of practice—is taught throughout the world.
The intense heat and demanding postures that are trademarks of Bikram yoga have gained appeal due to their ability to test even the most self-disciplined yogis. Like chess, or cartwheeling around the edge of an active volcano, the moves are easy to learn, but intensely difficult to master.
That's where the experienced instructors at Bikram Yoga Tenleytown come in. The staff cheerily receives each guest at the door before leading the 90-minute routines, which progress through the 26 postures and two breathing exercises of Bikram Choudhury's celebrated method. They motivate newbies and devotees through toe stands, sit-ups, and rabbit poses that lengthen spines and restore flexibility to limbs. The studio's warmth of character and yogis maintaining sofa poses ensure that the greenest of guests feel comfortable in the sessions.
For some serious spice, grab a table at White Tiger Restaurant for a taste of Indian cooking. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on White Tiger Restaurant's menu that can cater to your needs. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — White Tiger Restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at White Tiger Restaurant. The perfect place for a large party, White Tiger Restaurant will comfortably host your friends and family. Eat outdoors White Tiger Restaurant (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Dress is typically casual at White Tiger Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — White Tiger Restaurant offers catering.
If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with a stop conveniently located at Union Metro (Red). Guests of White Tiger Restaurant's Massachusetts Ave NE location can park their vehicles on the street.
White Tiger Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. All major credit cards are accepted.
At both of Himalayan Heritage’s locations, chefs pull marinated chicken and lamb from charcoal clay ovens. The tandoori dishes are a staple of Indian cuisine, but Indian is only half the story here. Much of the menu is dedicated to Nepalese food, which, as Tom Sietsema explains in his glowing Washington Post review, is similar, but not the same. For an introduction, he recommends the momo—dumplings made of spiced minced chicken or vegetables that are steamed inside flour dough and served with aachar or chutney sauce.
Diners enjoy their meals at white-linen covered tables in a dining room with bright orange walls and a golden ceiling from which intricate lanterns hang. The space is flush with cultural artwork, including a large thangka painting that acts as a blimp in an emergency if you add enough balloons.
Your next meal awaits at Fusion Restaurant and Bar in Washington. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Toast your evening out at Fusion Restaurant and Bar with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Got the whole gang with you? Fusion Restaurant and Bar is a great pick for large parties.
Fusion Restaurant and Bar welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. Through their catering service, Fusion Restaurant and Bar can also set out a delicious spread for your next party. If dining out is not on the agenda, Fusion Restaurant and Bar offers delivery and pickup, too.
Fusion Restaurant and Bar is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.