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Oct 22, 2008 04:04 PM

RAAZ indian bistro at Rio, any good?

any word on this place, did a search and didn't come up with anything..thanks...

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  1. My husband is obsessed with this place - he eats there once a week. A friend of ours who just moved here from India did a "survey" of the Indian restaurants in the area, and named this one of the best. I have yet to try it, but I've only heard good things.

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    1. re: MPJ

      thanks, great to know..will be arriving in the area tommorow, from NYC. What does he like there?

      1. re: janie

        He said at lunch it's a $9.99 buffet, and for dinner it's a sit down restaurant. His favorite is the chicken tikka masala, but he said they have great naan and a wide range of other dishes to choose from. He also said that it's very nice inside, kinda "Sunset Blvd." if you will.

        However, now knowing that you're from NYC, I'm not sure how our food is going to compare to yours! There are a few restaurants in Gaithersburg that he'd vouch for, so let me know if you'd like additional suggestions.

        1. re: MPJ

          Yes, would like some other suggestions in Gaithersburg, at the moment, looks like we might hit Moby Dick when we get there....

          1. re: janie

            Moby Dick is good - someone told me that they're doing a special right now, and that you can get chicken koobideh (the ground chicken kabobs)! I've always lamented the fact that chicken koobideh is missing from their menu. I prefer Caspian's, which is in the Kentlands, but both are good.

            I really like Rainbow African Restaurant in Old Gaithersburg. It's not glamorous, but the food is great.

            And Dogfish Head is a microbrewery - if you like beer, it's a fun place to get a beer sampler and eat some cheap bar food. The place is noisy and gets really crowded around 5pm, but it's fun for happy hour and it has a nice upbeat vibe.

            If you're venturing into Germantown for any reason, let me know and I can give you the info for our favorite spots up here (it's not exactly a happening place).

            I hope you have a nice trip - the leaves are starting to turn, so it's prettier than usual around here at the moment.

            Rainbow Restaurant
            312 E Diamond Ave Ste B1, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

            Caspian House of Kabob
            72 Market St, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

            Dogfish Head Alehouse
            800 W Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

    2. In my opinion RIO is just a small strip mall. Don't expect ambience or quality food. If you like Asian Indian food, I would recommend Bombay Bistro in Rockville. veggie and meatie; not too ethnic.I hope this helps.

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      1. re: Veggie Indian

        I LOVE MOBY DICK! I recommend the chicken kabob w/ rice or w/ the bread (jooj)-
        Hummus on the side, too.