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NoVaDog Feb 1, 2007 07:53 AM

I got lost last week taking an Indian friend to my favorite kabob place--Ravi--and stumbled on India Curry House on Wilson Blvd. We took a chance, and wow! this place is pretty good. Their lunch buffet had a delicious butter chicken, tasty karahi, juicy tandoori, several vegetarian dishes, a nice surprise overall. It got me thinking, two places this good and so close to each other. Are there more?

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    smokey40 RE: NoVaDog Feb 1, 2007 08:02 AM

    Tandori nights in Clarendon is pretty good. A little more upscale then the Inida Curry House.

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      ooroger RE: NoVaDog Feb 5, 2007 03:05 PM

      Sangam (on the corner of Glebe and Fairfax Drive in Ballston) has a good weekend lunch buffet. The food is generally flavorful, but not outstanding (I'd love to find a place that has a Vindaloo with real heat). The Delhi Dhaba takeout in Courthouse is better.

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        NoVaDog RE: NoVaDog Feb 6, 2007 06:34 AM

        Another attempt at Ravi ended in failure due to mobbing crowds. Went on to Delhi Club and had a so-so experience off the menu (no lunch buffet). We both agreed that India Curry House was a better choice overall. I have done Food Factory, Ravi, Delhi Dhaba (agree, this one is good) and have compiled the following, if there is anything missed or comments, would appreciate them:

        Saran, 703-533-3600, vegetarian buffet closed on Monday, 5151 Lee Hwy Arlington, VA map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=5151+Lee...

        Raaga, 703-998-7000, lunch buffet, 5872 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=5151+Lee...

        Sangam, 703-524-2738, lunch buffet, 1211 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=1211+N+G...

        Tandoori Nights, 703-248-8333, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA2800 map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=1211+N+G...

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          Bill4242 RE: NoVaDog Feb 6, 2007 09:02 AM

          If the original Ravi Kabob location is too crowded, the new one (just across the street next to the CVS) often isn't, and the food is just as great.

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            NoVaDog RE: Bill4242 Feb 6, 2007 09:17 AM

            It was not open last friday at lunchtime. I thought I read it is only open for dinner, but can't confirm.

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              bacchante RE: NoVaDog Feb 6, 2007 09:30 AM

              The last time I was there a couple of weeks ago, the new place is still open only for dinner.

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                MikeR RE: bacchante Feb 6, 2007 03:19 PM

                I read the sign on the door when it first opened, and not only was it not open for lunch, but they only seat families (or what appears to be a family) - single diners didn't seem welcome. We're supposed to go across the street, I guess.

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            Jamie D RE: NoVaDog Feb 6, 2007 01:17 PM

            you put the same link for Saran under Raaga

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            Steve RE: NoVaDog Feb 6, 2007 08:09 AM

            At Saran you can order off the regular menu. Purely Vegetarian. A good place to know about, but I wish the tart and spicy components would not take a back seat to the sweetness.

            In nearby Arlandria, the Bombay Curry Company has appropriately hot and crunchy Bhel Puri as well as incredible Tandoori chicken wings.

            1. Gonzocook RE: NoVaDog Feb 6, 2007 03:51 PM

              May I expand on your request to include the former East Pakistan? There's a Bangladeshi place about three stores up the way from Saran on Lee Hwy: House of Biryani. Biryanis are good, but the butter chicken is great. Good sized portions.

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                NoVaDog RE: NoVaDog Feb 7, 2007 04:31 AM

                Update with corrections/additions:

                Saran, http://sarancuisine.com/
                703-533-3600, vegetarian buffet closed on Monday, 5151 Lee Hwy Arlington, VA
                map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=5151+Lee...

                House of Biryani--next to Saran

                Raaga, http://www.raagarestaurant.com/pages/...
                703-998-7000, lunch buffet, 5872 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
                map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=5872+Lee...

                Sangam, http://www.sangamrestaurant.com/
                703-524-2738, lunch buffet, 1211 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA
                map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=1211+N+G...

                Tandoori Nights, http://www.tandoorinights.com/
                703-248-8333, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA
                map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=1211+N+G...

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                  amer RE: NoVaDog Feb 9, 2007 06:53 AM

                  Ravi Kabob rocks!!! hands down it's the most authentic and delicious pakistani food available in arlington. note, call ahead and order b/c you will have a long wait in the afternoons and late nights. it gets crowded. ravi is best known for it's chick peas (cho-lays) and karahi (chicken or lamb).

                  Kabob Palace - Eads Street. not bad..pretty decent good for late nite..24/7

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                    Steve RE: amer Feb 9, 2007 08:48 AM

                    The vegetarian lentils are my favorite and a super-cheap and thoroughly satisfying meal at about $3.50

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