Met up with my friend in Columbia, MD last night, thanks for the suggestions given last week. Despite rush hour traffic, only took me about 50 minutes to get there from Capitol Hill.
Akbar Restaurant is much like your stereotypical strip mall ethnic restaurant, not much to look at but serving solid food. We started with the appetizer sampler, an assortment of samosa, pakora, bhajia and what can only be described as tandoori buffalo wings. This came with the standard green cilantro chutney, the brown tamarind chutney, and red onion pickle. For entrees we ordered lamb saag (lamb in a creamy spinach sauce), lamb xacutti (pronounced Sha-Ku-Tee, described as lamb curry with roasted coconut and a blend of rare spices, but tasted like lamb curry to me with a nice kick from the peppers floating in the sauce), and paneer makhani (home made cheese in a tomato and butter sauce). I think the keys to the menu is butter and cream, the dishes obviously had a lot of ghee and cream involved. Akbar does a nice job with their naan, charred on one side, soft and fluffy on the other.
All in all, a nice place for Indian in the burbs. Dinner for 3 with a King Fisher and a lassi ran $60.
9400 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21045
Additional location at:
823 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201