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xena1441 Jun 11, 2008 08:32 AM

Has anyone tried Bombay Palace on K Street? I can't find much on here. Is there another Indian place (not vegetarian) you could recommend around here? We are trying to stay walking distance from the farragut west metro for dinner tomorrow evening.

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    Elyssa Jun 11, 2008 08:52 AM

    I've never been to Bombay Palace. Although I did go to Bombay Club many years ago and remember it being quite good (although at the time it was one of the best and nicest restaurants in DC...this was 10+ years ago).

    One of my favorite Indian Restaurants is Heritage in Dupont. They have lots of options both vegetarian and meat. They have this incredible creamed-like spinach with corn that I'm semi-addicted to. It has a bit of a kick and is great. Also for the budget concious they have a great Hawker's Zone menu which is filled with Indian street food and is quite cheap. It's more or less right across the street from the Dupont Metro and probably a 15-20 or so minute walk from Farragut West.

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      xena1441 Jun 11, 2008 09:01 AM

      Thanks Elyssa! The other restaurant I was thinking about was Heritage so your review is appreciated!

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        dcfoodie13 Jun 11, 2008 10:23 AM

        I second Heritage. Excellent food and service and the atmosphere is nice as well.

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          daves_32 Jan 7, 2009 03:44 AM

          One more recommendation for Heritage. Elyssa, you are always the Heritage source... Do they still have the half off happy hour Hawker menu?

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        BrianD Jun 11, 2008 01:03 PM

        Bombay Palace has closed. There's a place called Aroma on I street between 19th and 20th. It's not great, certainly not as good as Heritage in Dupont.

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          LD50 Jun 12, 2008 08:57 AM

          The owners of Aroma was sold the restraunt earlier this year, and the place is now Skyy. Same food and same (slow) service...

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            ktmoomau Jun 12, 2008 10:15 AM

            That is untrue there is still an Aroma on Eye St. between 19th and 20th, it is the same as the one in Shirlington. Skyy is in a different location close by but on the opposite side of the street.

            I like Bombay Club (same owners as Rasika), but it is close to my office and has a nice relaxing upscale ambiance, without the huge pricetag.

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          g55 Jun 11, 2008 01:15 PM

          Bombay Palace on K Street closed about two months ago. Bombay Club and Heritage India are both good alternatives in your location.

          1. Smiles2008 Jun 11, 2008 01:45 PM

            I would recommend Heritage. I did restaurant week DC with Bombay Club last year and I was very disappointed.

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              hamster Jun 12, 2008 09:00 AM

              Heritage is too fussy for my taste. I would recommend Nirvana on K Street. Note that it's vegetarian.

              1. HSBSteveM Jun 12, 2008 03:18 PM

                Avoid Taj Mahal at DuPont if it's still open. haven't been in a while and vowed never to go back.

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                  xena1441 Jun 13, 2008 07:44 PM

                  Report back: We ended up going to Heritage in Dupont. Overall pretty good. I had the Chicken Makhni (Butter chicken), Lamb gosht (my fav), and a potato and cauliflower dish (so-so). I will certainly go again if I want a nice atmosphere at an Indian restaurant.

                  Mind you, my opinion on Indo-Pak is completely biased because my family is from Pakistan. Heritage met my expectations for a restaurant in Dupont. It was great, but it doesn't meet the hole-in the walls we have in Virginia (one of my peeves is when they charge you for naan, and it wasn't that great). Thank you all for the advice, and certainly report back if you try something else there!

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                    alkapal Jan 5, 2009 08:08 AM

                    xena1441, if you see this, please post your "hole in the wall" good indian places in nova --esp. arlington! ;-).

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                      xena1441 Jan 6, 2009 10:33 PM

                      alkapal- my favorites in VA are Shiney's & Aabshar (although I have not been in a while) in Annandale. Shiney's has some serious Paki deserts- in fact, I am getting my wedding catered by them. There are a few others and I will let you know when I can think of them.

                      Tip- don't get their buffet ever (at any Indian or Paki restauran unless super fresh)...I love the biriyani and chicken karahi...xtra spicy!

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                        alkapal Jan 7, 2009 11:25 AM

                        thanks, xena 1441, congratulations on your marriage!

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                          xena1441 Jan 14, 2009 07:44 AM

                          OH and I almost forgot Ravi Kabob in Arlington- on Glebe. Excellent...hope that helps and report back if you go!

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                            alkapal Jan 14, 2009 09:10 AM

                            yeah, i've been going a long time to ravi kabob. i like their seekh kabobs. lately, their chicken curry has been gristly. i like their chick peas, too.

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