Increasingly, Washington, DC is becoming well known for its cuisine as well as its politics and culture. That’s right, food has put the District of Columbia on the map, alongside its historical landmarks and vibrant arts and cultural scene. According to the DC Board of Tourism, more than 100 restaurants are located in downtown Washington, DC alone (and that doesn’t include the dozens of restaurants, diners and delis offering fast food or take out.) 40 Washington, DC dining establishments earned Zagat scores of 25 or higher. Travel and Leisure calls the nation’s capital, “one of the most exciting restaurant cities on the East Coast…a foodie’s playground, with hotter-than-thou restaurants opening seemingly every week.” As a longtime resident, I would agree. What’s particularly exciting about the DC culinary scene is the sheer variety and number of ethnic restaurants. From Burmese to Peruvian cuisine, DC rocks for its ethic fare.
The number of DC-based Indian Restaurants has risen in recent years. 6 of these dining establishments are top-ranked by Zagat, a leading firm that collects, consolidates and publishes restaurant ratings from diners all over the world. Among them, Rasika (both locations) and Masala Art. My personal favorite? Bombay Club.
For a quality dining experience in downtown Washington, DC, Bombay Club can’t be beat. From its elegant dining room to its delicately flavored cuisine, Bombay Club soars with visitors and residents alike. Anniversary or other special occasion? Book a table at Bombay Club and you won’t be disappointed. It’s no wonder why this charming restaurant is frequented by top world leaders, the business elite and other famous personalities and visitors to the nation’s capital.
What to order? Well, you may want to start with Bombay Club’s Mulligatawny Soup, a perfect mix of lentils, coconut, and apple and curry leaves, spiced just right. From there, you may want to try the Mustard Scallop, Malai Chicken Tikka, or one of two vegetarian samosas. There are eight specialty breads to select from but you may want to order a whole basket to try them all. Several Northwest Frontier Specialties are featured on the menu, but I would recommend the Tandoori Trout for something new and different. Or, try one of the three House Thali. My personal favorite on the menu? Bombay’s Unabashedly Indian Curries. Check out the Khubani Duck or Lamb Vindaloo. Or, try several of Bombay’s vegetarian offerings. They’re all excellent.
Dessert at Bombay Club is served in high style. Saffron Kulfi, an Indian ice cream, berry compote, spiked wtih citrus tuile and candied pistachio, is simply delicious as is the Carrot Halwa and Mango Crème Brulee. Order any one of these yummy desserts with specialty coffee or tea.
Sure, this Indian restaurant and fine dining destination is a little pricey. And, you’ll probably want to dress for the occasion. But, by dinner’s end, you’ll be busy planning your next visit to the elegant Bombay Club. Not just for the delicious dishes on the menu, but for Bombay’s exceptional staff and dining room that makes any special occasion that much more special.
815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 659-3727
Hours of Operation: Lunch (Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm); Dinner (Monday-Thursday, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday, 5:30pm-11pm, and Sunday 5:30pm-9:30pm; Brunch (Sunday only, 11:30am-2:30pm)
Transportation and Parking: Valet parking available. Farragut West metro station stop nearby.
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