The Taj Mahal is near-universally admired. So are Indian people. And so is their food. Today's Groupon gets you $10 for $25 worth of coconut-milk delights at Taj Mahal Restaurant. A Taj Mahal dinner is an intimate experience, like having a home-cooked Indian meal. Doesn't having access to your very own Indian family whenever you want sound nice? Yes it does.
Taj Mahal's menu is stocked with classic Indian fare at unbeatable prices, such as Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, and the vegetarian chana masala (chickpeas blended with herbs and spices). Loyal customers praise the Taj as a "hidden gem" (we apologize to the usuals in advance for unveiling their secret spot). The restaurant, located at 1327 Connecticut Ave., NW, is a quiet spot with friendly service, comfortable decor, and Indian food.
Most reviewers say Taj Mahal's price is right for its Indian staples—meaning the price is even righter with today's Groupon. MenuPages users give its value 4.5 stars and four stars to its service, and 88% of Urbanspoon users like it. Fourteen Yelpers gave it an average of three stars. Here's what they're saying:
- The food is incredible...The service is pretty exceptional. By about the third time my boyfriend and I found ourselves there, the staff totally knew who we were. Now whenever we go we are greeted with the WARMEST of welcomes, and often a free appetizer. – Emily R., Yelp
- Definitely a hidden gem. The atmosphere is great, very pretty and quiet (it never seems all that full, which surprises me), and really great service. Very reliable Indian dishes... Food is as good as Heritage India next door, for considerably less money and it comes with considerably friendlier service. – CCM, MenuPages
- Eating at Taj Mahal is like visiting relatives from India. The food tastes like home cooking -nothing fancy, but you love eating it. It's possible to have a private conversation because there is no clatter or loud music and the tables are well spaced. Great business lunch place. – Dupont Denizen, MenuPages
Taj Mahal Food Court
The Taj Mahal is not only one of the seven largest mausoleums in the world, it's also one of the seven busiest food courts in India. In 1956, three years after Danny Boyle's father finished building the Taj with his bare hands, Danny Boyle's mother suggested capitalizing on the innate human desire for tourism-food by adding a food court in the lobby. After 15 years of whittling marble slabs, Danny Boyle's father completed the food court, and tourists came in record numbers to feast on delicious Indian food served in a mausoleum setting. Due to the immense popularity of marrying the Taj Mahal with food, similar restaurants popped up, including the one in DC that's offering 60% off traditional Taj Mahal cuisine with today's Groupon.