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Dec 13, 2010 12:08 PM

Best Indian near Mt. Washington?

I know there are a few places to get Indian food near Mt. Washington, but I haven't tried them all.

* Kabab Stop
* Mt. Washington Pizza and Subs
* Belvedere Towers

further away, but still reasonably close:

* Ambassador

Anyone have recent reviews on these? Any others I should know about?


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  1. Are you looking for dine-in or carry-out? For carry-out, we used to get it from Yeti, and since it closed, we've also been searching for alternatives. We tried Mt. Washington, which both times was pretty good, although the delivery time was close to ridiculous!

    For dine in, I really like the Carlyle Club. The decor is surprisingly nice and the booths feel quite romantic. It's a lot more reasonably priced than the Ambassador, and I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've had from there. The crab appetizer was an especially wonderful surprise!

    Carlyle Club
    411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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    1. re: stephanieg

      I'll 2nd Carlyle Club, but parking is a pain, so I almost never go there.

      IMO Cafe Spice is worth the drive. It's in Towson. I love the food and the owners are the sweetest people. I forwarding the link to the City Paper review that prompted my first visit. If you do make the trip, you must get the gobi manchuri appetizer.

      1. re: ronandaim

        I heartily disagree with the Carlyle Club recommendation. While the decor was attractive - the food was not acceptable. The naan and the dosa were great, so if that is all you are after - this might be the place for you. The entrees were so bad we immediately crossed this place off our list. My brain is trying to block out the meal, it was so bad. But I think we ordered a fish and a duck dish. Carlyle Club may have been the only restaurant I have ever left food on my plate. No interest whatsoever in a doggy bag.

        We've also tried Katmandu & will not return after very weird service & a lack of any dish we liked in the least. I can't remember the details beyond a momo, but we probably had at least 3 dishes.

        One place I do like that has not been mentioned is Tambers- no longer Nifty Fifties -Diner. A month or two ago we had naan with Saag Lamb and Chicken Tikka. It restored my faith in decent Indian food in a reasonable distance.

        Carlyle Club
        411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

        1. re: foster

          Oh yeah! Tambers IS pretty good... Foster, I have to agree with your take on the Carlyle. We had the dosas, and they were good, but the rest of the meal was a write-off.

          1. re: foster

            I should add that while we loved the Carlyle Club after we dined there, we were disappointed in the quality of take out we got a few weeks after. I assumed it was just because the food sat around in containers for awhile, but perhaps the restaurant has gone down hill.

            I like Tambers a lot because we can eat there as a family. My husband and I can eat Indian dishes, while our children can order off of their American menu. While I like the food, though, I do not think of it as traditional Indian. In fact, their tandorri chicken reminds me more of hawaain bbq chicken than anything else (it's covered in a sauce, rather than the traditional try yogurt and spice rub). So, when I really crave Indian, it does not satisfy my craving.

            Given the other replies here, I'm eager to try Belvedere Towers!

      2. Kabab Stop is very serviceable Indian, sometimes going into the very good range. Decor is minimal; it's primarily for take-out or delivery, though you can dine in.

        I would agree with posters on this board that, in summer, the Ambassador is one of the most beautiful dining experiences in Baltimore. I would disagree with the assessment of the food. I think based on the quality and the preparation that it's simply mediocre food with extravagant prices.

        Kabab Stop
        5719 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209

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        1. re: chefdilettante

          Unfortunately I have come over time to agree with chefdilettante's evaluation of Ambassador's food. It truly is one of the most splendid places to eat in Baltimore in spring and summer, and even indoors is rather nice in the winter. Also a good (but now overpriced) wine list suited to Indian food.

          But the food has become more and more expensive without a corresponding increase in quality. Sad to say, but there it is.

          1. re: lawhound

            I'll third chefdilettante's and lawhound's assessments of the Ambassador. As much as I want to love this venerable Baltimore establishment, the last several times we've eaten there the food didn't in any way justify the high prices. It was mediocre at best. One of the dishes my dining companion ordered can only be described as overcooked slop with frozen mixed vegetables (I'm sorry I can't remember if it was the jalfrezi or the navrattan).

            We're Indian food lovers. We particularly love the Punjabi, Goan, and Gujarati styles of cooking. India boasts incredibly diverse regional cuisine styles. It's odd that in Baltimore you can only find the same old standards with little variation between: chicken tikka masala, rogan josh, lamb vindaloo, and so on.

            We've tried Kebab Stop 7 or 8 times since it opened, ever hopeful. The first time, several years ago, it had a different owner than it does today. The food was pretty good and extremely spicy. Unfortunately, it has been going downhill ever since. The last time we ate there we said "nevermore". It was weirdly spice-free--and I don't mean that just the heat was missing, but any spices whatsover--and so heavy on tomato that when I closed my eyes, I thought I was eating Italian. Other members of our party agreed. My friend ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala for his daughter. It tasted exactly like Campbell's tomato soup with a hint of ghee and chunks of over-poached chicken breast tossed in at the last minute. I'm wondering if they think Baltimoreans want only bland food...?

            Sometime in the fall of 2010 we had a lovely meal at Indigma in Mt. Vernon, near Donna's. I don't know if we caught it on a good night or what, but the food was fresh and inventive... slightly unexpected. There were a couple of Goan recipes on offer and some more playful versions of old standards. The cocktails we ordered were delicious and the service was impeccable (the owner happened to be our server). I believe Indigma was part of the fire that hit Donna's last month, unfortunately. I hope the owner will be able to try again sometime, since he seemed to care about good food and is a really nice guy.

            A meal at the Carlyle Club last year proved to be interesting: they offer a filled dosa with paneer that was delicious, and I haven't seen that on too many menus in the area. I agree with stephanieg and ronandaim that the parking situation isn't easy.

            Though it's not too close to Mount Washington, we had a couple of okay meals at Kathmandu Kitchen up in Towson, but it was 3+ years ago. I remember having the goat. It was tasty and tender, but most of the dishes we ordered had similar texture and spicing. To be fair, I am not overly familiar with Nepalese or Tibetan food, so I can't say if it's authentic to the region.

            I'm not really a fan of Mt. Washington, but we'll order it in a pinch. Considering the competition (or lack thereof), it probably ranks up there with some of the better Indian take-out. Haven't tried Café Spice, but it sounds great.

            802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

        2. We've tried both Kabab Stop (full catered dinner for 20 pax) and Mt. Washington Pizza and Subs (frequent take-out).

          Kabab Stop has very decent platters, kababs, rice and side dish included.
          MWPS surprisingly does not have any kababs, only chicken pakoras on the menu. Those are pretty decent. But we like their curries the best.

          Kabab Stop
          5719 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209

          Washington Pizza
          1353 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

          1. Belvedere Towers Cafe has surprisingly good food, but is little talked about here on the boards. The owners are actually Nepalese, and the momos (chicken and vegetarian dumplings) are delicious, with a spicy tomato-cream dipping sauce that is addictive. The naan isn't the best I've had, but I've enjoyed their lamb, eggplant, and saag dishes. Plus, it's relatively inexpensive!

            Only downside is that there really isn't a dine-in scene -- there are 1 or 2 small tables with plastic tablecloth; no decor; most business is carryout or delivery, and it can be stiflingly hot during the summers (but pleasant in the winter).

            Belvedere Towers Cafe
            1190 W Northern Pkwy Ste 101, Baltimore, MD 21210

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            1. re: daveinmd

              Agreed on Belvedere Towers Cafe, we get takeout from them often. It's good food, especially for the price. The momos are phenomenal and a hit with everyone who has them.

              Dining out for affordable Indian usually brings us to Tambers. We really enjoy the vindaloo sauce on anything as well as the aloo gabi and palaak paneer.

              1. re: edresner

                Gotten take out from Belvedere a good amount and the food is always very good.

            2. We moved somewhat close to the area and we're always looking for good Indian food. We've been to Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson and really like it a lot. It's probably one of the best Indian places I've been to in Baltimore (though we still have not tried the Ambassador yet). B'more Pizza will do in a pinch for takeout.

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              1. re: ManilaAnimal

                Totally unimpressed by B'More. Went there on a friend's recommendation, but never again. We waited more than an hour for our food to appear, and then everything was dumped on our table together (yes, unfortunately we chose to sit down on the solitary table). So hubby is eating kebabs, kids are eating the Indian-Chinese noodles, and I decided to taste the Chicken 65. Never had anything so terrible. The tempering (tadka) was just this shy of being burnt, the curry leaves and mustard seeds had that off taste when they've been seared in too hot oil for too long, the dish was totally unpalatable. The rest of the family wasn't too impressed either. we plodded thru the rest of the meal and decided to write this one off.