The first time I had dinner at the Cafe of India, it was because Le Chat Noir, my favorite little French place next door, was mobbed and had an hour wait for a table.
But wait! What this new guy on the block right next door?
So I wouldn't have the mussels in a creamy, garlicky buttery sauce, but the smells coming out of Cafe of India lured us inside. And what a treat!
Friday night, when I needed a cool local place to take blog buddy, Jeff Dowler, this is where we wound up.
We wound up ordering about six appetizers, including two of my favorites.
The first, crackling spinach, is a dish cooked quickly at high temperature to make it crispy, then it's tossed with dates. It's pretty amazing.
The second favorite was the Punjabi Tikki, spiced potatoes with mint and tamarind chutney. If I hadn't been with Jeff and trying to act like an adult, I'd have licked the plate clean! If Jeff hadn't been with me and trying to be an adult, I suspect he'd have done the same thing!
The big surprise was dessert - carrots! Yes, carrots like I've never tasted. Caramal Carrot Halwa to be exact. I was drawn to it originally because carrots have zero points on Weight Watchers. Unfortunately, the caramal did.
Cafe of India is located at 4909 Wisconsin Avenue NW in DC's Tenleytown. And it's a great choice even when Le Chat Noir has tables available!
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