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A Night At The Cafe of India

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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Comment balloon 23 commentsPatricia Kennedy • May 15 2011 10:38PM


It's 9:00 pm and having hunger pangs after reading your post and looking at those delectable dishes...yum Pat!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Patricia, a little variety sounds great. With our limited choices here dining out can be pretty boring.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 9 years ago

Hi Pat, You and Jeff must be in heaven. Please say hello for me. :-)

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 9 years ago

Hi Pat... I love discovering new restaurants and dishes.  Sounds like you made a great one!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Oh, this looks so good!  Love the china, too.  And it's only a few blocks from the office?  Maybe I should break my Cosi and chocolate lunch habit....

Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) over 9 years ago

I love posts like this!  Beautiful pictures, and it is so much fun to find new places that you really like.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 9 years ago

Pat:  Curry sounds great....especially after a day of hail and rain in Sonoma County!

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) over 9 years ago

Funny....just re-read your post and I don't see the word curry ANYWHERE.  I swear I SMELLED that aroma...looking at those beautiful dishes.

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) over 9 years ago

Carmel carrots.....sounds real tasty......

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 9 years ago

That crackling spinach actually looks good and it's early here, lol. I'm glad you and Jeff had a great time!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 9 years ago

Yikes, too many food temptations. Packing up graduated son today in DC to hit the road north and waddled out of a steak house last night with too many table side carving sessions last night. And eating two down from the White House the night so gotta get away from all this good food or I'll die with a fork in my hand. You are spoiled here in DC with selection. 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Yummy ~ Love the pictures and the descriptions of your meal at The Cafe of India!  Even at this early hour it all sounds delicious.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

I remember traveling in France once with my husband and we had gotten so tired of French food when we stumbled upon a little Indian restaurant.  It was wild to have Indian waiters speaking French and having the Indian menu in French, but it was one of the best meals I've ever had! 

Good thing your French restaurant was busy and you got a chance to try something new.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Pat.  The presentation is amazing.  Everything looks divine.  Ok, I'm hungry now.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 9 years ago

Pat you are having way to much fun..Jeff Dowler and great food what a better way to spend an evening!!!


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 9 years ago

Pat - I've never been a fan of Indian cuisine, but this makes me want to give it another try! Yum! thanks for sharing - sounds like you had a great time!


Posted by Chrissy Harrison (Referral Only Realty) over 9 years ago

That looks like a big yummers Pat!  I hope Jeff liked it!  Actually I'm sure he did...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago


It was such fun to relive our evening at The Cafe of India in your post. I haven't gotten to my own version and perhaps I won't bother - you did such a great job.

Just to reiterate, this was a fabulous evening of wonderful food AND great company. I highly recommend both!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Pat, we do have 'Cafe Of India' in Boston area too - may be there is some connection here?

My weakness is Indian food - so I could not resist to stop by and smell (I mean see) the food...

Carrot Halwa is my favorite too - buy you'd forget it when you eat Gulab Jamun...(may be at next visit?)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 9 years ago

Pat - wow, another great DC restaurant that I have not been in! Sounds like I need another trip North real soon!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

It's great you got to meet up with Jeff. Hope you had a great time.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 9 years ago

Hello Patricia, Indian food canbe great and it sounds (and looks) like you found a great restaurant! Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Andrew McGrath (Donovan Group Realty) over 9 years ago

Mmmmmm, yummy.  I'll have to put it on my list of places to visit.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 9 years ago