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Recs for Indian food in NOVA/DC?

JEDIKNIGHT | Jul 29, 200802:50 PM     34

Disclaimer: I was born in the good ol' USA but my parents are Indian, meaning I was exposed to Indian food growing up. Been to India a few times. Also, I lived in Chicago which has delicious, authentic Indian food all over the place. While meat n potatoes, and American food remains my fave, once in awhile I do get craving for Indian and I'm so jaded in DC, I've decided to just wait to eat Indian when I visit the restaurants in Chicago.

HOWEVER, maybe someone here has a tip?

Ok, I KNOW that nothing will be perfect. But all I seek is quality cooking, realistic flavors. NOT store-bought curry sauce smothered in meat that will fool someone who has not eaten Indian before. Thus far I've tried:

*Minerva: Bombed out. Burnt meat appetizers.

*Angheethi: Bread was great! Appetizer was great!!! Then...Lamb curry was chewy and made from grocery store sauce. And I swear the "butter chicken" was NOT in an Indian based tomato sauce, but Ragu, or Paul Newman's marinara sauce, I kid you not., I'm not exaggerating.

*Raaga: Nope.

*Bombay Bistro: This was passable.

*RAVI KABOB: It's Pakistani/Afghani, but close enough. This place has been delicious, and tastes real!

I was hoping that a Hound could pull off a miracle and suggest a place with authentic Indian food. Decor could be marble floors, or a shack is okay too.

Thanks!

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