Indian Ocean, a neighborhood gem on Stone Rd in Centreville!
I was in the area and looking for a good ethnic cafe and couldn't find anything on Chowhound so I hit Yelp and saw this place got 4 1/2 Stars so I stopped by and was unimpressed by the location but not put off. Then I opened the door and was pleasantly surprised by a very nice interior with framed pictures of family patriarchs and young married couples. Just a nice place, kind of gold upholstered seats, and well set tables with glass goblets instead of cheap glasses. The only thing that kind of looked cheap was no linen, just simple paper napkins.
So I belly up to the bar and am surprised by a nice bowl of achar and a row of steam tables with the first one being a very nice looking pakora that turned out to be as flavorful and crispy as was attractive.
So I work my way through the obligatory butter chicken, rich and slightly sweet, on to a tikka type chicken which was very good too, then on to a cabbage stew that was subtle and worth a second ladle on my plate and finally there was the spinach and chickpea dish that I like so much and never remember the name of. The stewed vegetables were a bit bland but with a little achar they went down a treat.
So I am happily munching away with a pretty fresh and tasty mango lassi to wash it all down and I am thinking to myself, not bad, a little light on the spices but still very tasty, too bad they don't serve naan with this...
And out pops my waiter with fresh naan right out of the oven. For a buffet.
$14.50 for a lunch buffet with a mango lassi, which would be not bad for ok Indian food. But I think it is a bargain for rather good Indian food served in a very pleasant atmosphere.
I was about to add this to the buffet topic below, but I thought Indian Ocean deserved a post all its own. What I had wasn't fine dining, but if we were doing ratings I would give it just about what it has on Yelp, 4 1/2 stars. Nicely done.