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Other Indian restaurant that rivals Saravana?

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I love Saravana Palace, but would like a new experience in Indian food this weekend. I've been to Woodlands (gone downhill), Minerva (not impressed), Tandoori Nights (surprisingly good - willing to really spice it up), Bombay Curry (Goa Fish curry to die for), both Heritage locations in DC (not impressed), etc.,....

Any other place that rivals Saravana Palace in authenticity and general yumminess???

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Go to Punjab Dhaba in Falls Church on Rte 50 in Loehmann's Plaza. Get the tandoori chicken. Ask for the dahi vada. They have a small buffet there, but please ignore it. Also good are seek kabobs. Tiny storefront, small menu.

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    1. re: Steve

      I believe that punjab dhaba has the best tandoori chicken in the DC area. Absolutely great. I remember when they converted to the buffet format. The owner told me why but I think it was a mistake. The quality of the buffet items is not that great but don't let that taint you of the tndoori.

      1. re: Soup

        IIRC, Punjab Dhaba does a great job with goat, too. I need to get back there soon.

    2. I like White Tiger (200 Mass Ave NE), and we typically get a combination of either the Butter Chicken, Saag Gosht (not on the menu but they'll make it--lamb with spinach) and Eggplant Bharaa with a few breads. The last time we went the butter chicken was not up to snuff, but I'm hoping it was an off day. Also liked Tandoori nights--not your typical Indian restaurant atmosphere, but great food. Never been to Mehak (down the street from me in Chinatown) but have heard it's pretty mediocre, although I believe they deliver. And never been to Saravana, so I can't comment on that.

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        1. I used to really like a place called Andique (or maybe Indique?) on Connecticut at Porter, I think -- anyone else been there?

        2. I really like Jaipur in Fairfax. The chat and samosas are great as are the curries and naan. Carry a nice selection of Indian beers also.