Spicy scents waft through the air to greet guests with the aromas and atmosphere of South Asia. The product of more than 25 years of South Asian?cuisine experience, Diya Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet's menu suffuses both meat and vegetarian dishes with potent herbs and spices. Tandoori ovens roast servings of salmon, jumbo shrimp, chicken, and lamb chop. Though fans of Indian cuisine can savor their old standbys, the restaurant has a few tricks up its sleeve as well?burgers tinge pub favorites with exotic spices, and ingredients take on even more flavor through Dumpukth?a technique of slow-roasting dishes over a fire in a tightly-sealed clay pot and seasoning food with specialized herbs and spices. The dining room's decor further strengthens the South Asian feel as bright colors embolden earth-toned walls and match the hues of ambitious side dishes vying for a starring role.
Northern and southern Indian influences merge at Mayuri Indian Cuisine, where the chefs use both the northern-style tandoor and traditional south Indian spices to create a variety of dishes. Guests can opt for meats and breads prepared in a clay oven, along with curries made with freshly ground spices, and vegetables and meats slowly simmered in sauce.
If Cafe Taj’s large stone fountain could talk, the rippling waters would still keep mum, because the restaurant’s authentic Indian cuisine can speak for itself. Warm naan and whole-wheat roti sop up creamy curry sauce from main dishes, and the black tables are loaded down with charcoal-roasted tandoori dishes for pairing with both wine and beer from a fully stocked bar. After sating sugar cravings with rose- and cardamom-scented sweets, patrons can question servers about their catering services or use the dining room’s Romanesque columns to kick off a backflip in honor of an evening well spent.
When creating their expansive menu of what the Washingtonian lauds as a "representative selection of the finer cookery of India," recently merged with Harvest of India, SupperClub of India's chefs infuse each dish of northern Indian cuisine with their own personal styles. Meat-laden dishes include jumbo prawns marinated with mint before being grilled over charcoal and chicken cooked in a blend of almonds and cream. Along with their solid lineup of entrees, eggplant smothered in spicy tomato onion masala and other vegetable-based dishes are among items that inspired the Washingtonian to name SupperClub of India the "perfect restaurant" for vegetarians. Meals unfold in a dining room where Indian music underscores the sound of skilled diners chewing in syncopation.
A charcoal clay oven roars to life every morning in Silk’s kitchen in preparation for a day full of roasting meats and vegetables and baking fresh breads including roti and naan. The authentic tandoor prepares a menu rich in traditional flavors derived from spices imported from all over India. A dash of pure saffron, wild black cardamom, and cinnamon enhances platters of long-grain basmati rice, a standard side dish that enhances lamb, seafood, chicken, and vegetarian dishes alike. Waiters shuttle chosen plates out to a regal dining room full of carved, throne-like dining chairs, gilded statues of deities, and napkins fancifully folded into fork-size saris.