Ancient peoples often threw salt up to the heavens to bring rain, which is why modern humans throw pepper at vending machines to summon Diet Coke. Enjoy a showering of seasonings with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of authentic Indian fare at Cafe of India.
The chefs at Cafe of India adorn naked dishware with colorful Indian dishes fresh from the tandoor. Diners initiate covert flavor-sensing devices with starters of angoori paneer tikka ($6), which folds grape chutney and mango powder into homemade cottage cheese. Fiendish forks dive-bomb into tender tandoori-cooked minced lamb rolls spiced with cilantro, jalapeños and cumin ($17), and the chicken tikka masala’s ($11) green capsicums and fresh tomatoes complement an earthy blend of almonds and cumin. Diners can safely guide comestibles down esophagus slides with a delectable stream of liquid from Cafe of India’s extensive list of wines and Indian beers.
Opulent crystal chandeliers and panel windows hung with rich red draperies fill Cafe of India’s two-level restaurant. Silk and satin fabrics sheath the furnishings, and colorful murals adorn the walls with images of the Taj Mahal and its famed all-pachyderm swim team.
Cafe of India
Cafe of India enchants diners with an unforgettable sensory experience that fuses meticulously concocted spices, colorful veggie stews, tender tandoori meats, and plush decor. A large crystal chandelier casts a canopy of warm light over cloth-clad tables and crimson drapery, and artfully plated kulcha, kebabs, and curries tempt diners from elegant bone-white plates or piping-hot silver serving pots.
Friendly staff shepherd the uninitiated through the cinnamon-scented jungles and biryani-rich pastures of the extensive menu, and a wine list pairs feasts with the fruits of American, Australian, Chilean, and Neverland vineyards. The bill of fare pleases carnivorous as well as vegetarian appetites, with entrees ranging from hearty lamb stews and seafood masalas to savory chickpea curries and spinach cooked with creamy housemade paneer.
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4909 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016