Georgetown Food Issue
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 20:04
Taj of India
2809 M St. NW | $$ out of $$$$
Whether you’re a connoisseur of Indian cuisine or just trying something new, Taj of India is a great choice for an affordable meal, conveniently close to campus. Their samosas — savory pastries filled with meat or vegetables — will please any palate and the lamb vindaloo is an authentically spicy dish. But if you aren’t that adventurous, try the murgh makhani (a creamy chicken curry) or the saag paneer (creamed spinach with cubes of soft cheese), which come in a wider range of spice levels. And no matter which delicious curry you choose, the buttery and freshly baked naan bread is the perfect complement. Try a little bit of everything with a thali, or just order a few dishes to share with the table.
Recommended Dish — Gulab jamun, deep-fried doughnut balls, drenched in rosewater and saffron sugar syrup.
2917 M St. NW | $$$ out of $$$$
While Unum is a bit pricier than the others on this list, this new restaurant is definitely worth a visit for a special dinner. The atmosphere is upscale and modern with a trendy feel, and the service is impeccable. With creative dishes and generous portions, Unum also serves up a variety of American and fusion dishes. Their pasta dishes are delectable, especially the boneless short rib pasta and rosemary gnocchi with truffle butter. The braised, Indian-spiced lamb shank is huge and covered in a deeply flavorful marinade. Their side dishes like the mushroom truffle mac ‘n’ cheese are equally tasty. The menu is surprisingly versatile, making Unum a great choice for whatever you might be in the mood for.
1834 Wisconsin Ave. | $$ out of $$$$
This is a real Turkish delight. From succulent meats to traditional desserts, you will end up finding something to suit your taste. The kebabs are marinated with earthy spices and arrive at your table sizzling. Even the simplest of items, like pita bread, comes hot from the oven and delightfully light and airy, pairing perfectly with the creamy hummus. The pida, a kind of Turkish pizza, is another great choice, with a thin crust piled with fresh tomato and toppings. The mixed mezze platter offers a variety of dishes that allow you to sample a range of Turkish food you won’t find at most Mediterranean restaurants. And don’t forget to try the delicious sweets — the baklava is divine. Cafe Divan also has a carry-out menu and offers delivery if you don’t have time for a sit down meal.
3000 K St. NW | $$ out of $$$$
This place has dumplings to die for and the drunken noodles will leave your taste buds bursting with flavor. Located right on the waterfront, Bangkok Joe’s offers a great view for lunch and a convenient location near the theater for a dinner-and-movie scenario. The menu is a fusion of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese flavors, so don’t expect an entirely authentic Thai meal. For a beverage, try the Thai iced tea or the ginger iced tea, a unique and not-too-sweet spin on the classic. And if the idea of sweet rice doesn’t scare you away, indulge in the fresh mango and sticky rice, a unique dessert with complex texture.