I would like to thank all our guests whose support and continued patronage has helped us in maintaining a spot in the Washingtonian's top 100 restaurants. We feature at #23 in their latest issue, an excerpt of which appears below.
Thanks again and wishing everybody a Very Happy and Healthy New Year. May peace reign !!!!
# 23 Passage to India
4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda 301 656-3373
Cuisine: Elegant Indian that goes beyond the usual – chef/owner Sudhir Seth’s menu spans the subcontinent with regional entrees that remind us that Indian cuisine is as varied and complex as any.
Mood: The formal servers and the dining room decorated with portraits of rajahs and viceroys and carvings of Hindu gods conjure the Raj as portrayed in the film A Passage to India.
Best for: Adventurous groups willing to explore - and share – exotic flavors.
Best dishes: Sev-Murmura chaat, a bizarrely delicious salad of puffed rice and vermicelli with cilantro, dates and tamarind; lentil “pebbles” flavored with ginger and dates; lamb curry with apricots and straw potatoes; succulent tandoori chicken; kulcha, bread stuffed with lightly spiced onions; and a pickle platter to cut the heat and weight of the curries.
Insider tips: You can travel the subcontinent two ways here – by jumping around the menu choosing something from each region or with a more methodical exploration – say, of the Parsi specialties of western India. Don’t see your favorite dish? Just ask.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.