Our 28 yr old daughter, who's lived in DC for 6 years, suggested this Bethesda, MD restaurant for a Sunday night dinner menu change ~ Nepali-Indian cuisine, while we, her parents, were in DC for 5 days, attending a National Harbor, MD, investment sales convention. Upon entering this quiet restaurant, it was dark and cozy as there were numerous flickering table candles, creating a warm, almost mystical ambiance to this small restaurant setting. We 3 were cordially seated at a table for 4 by the wall, white tablecloths and white napkins were laid out. We waited about 20 minutes for menus and waitstaff attention before being attended to. We perused the dinner menu and decided to order raitha, an Indian, Pakistani & Bangladeshi condiment made with yogurt, which we used to dip our naan (leavened, oven-baked flatbread), (This restaurant charges an extra $2.50 for a naan order.) For dinner, we ordered the chicken tikka masālā entree (boneless chicken breast strips marinated in yogurt & spices, and then served in a spicey tomato cream sauce/$15.25); chicken sag (boneless chicken sautéed w/ cooked spinach in curry sauce/$15.09); and, Khasi ko masu (goat meat cooked in a Nepalese curry sauce ($17.78). Among us, we 3 shared our dishes, and our "exotic favorite" was the Khasi ko masu, tasting a lot like beef rather than lamb meat. Wonderful, unusual spices mixed in all 3 entree dishes, which was very enjoyable and satisfying. My husband also ordered a wine glass of Bontera cabernet, which was rather pricey @$9/glass, but perhaps that's the usual restaurant wine price for DC dining. After nicely consuming our entrees by candlelight, the restaurant manager politely stopped by our table & recommended several unusual desserts to us: gulab jamun ($4.99)~ a traditional Indian dessert, created of spongy, milky balls soaked in rich, dark-brown rose-scented syrup.The other recommended dessert we consumed was ras malai ($4.99)~ a very popular Indian milk-based dessert (often served at Indian weddings): dumplings made from riccotta cheese & soaked in sweetened, thickened milk, delicately flavored with cardamom. It was served chilled to us & garnished with pistachio pieces. I'd recommend this restaurant for some unusual Indian-Nepali cuisine in the heart of the Bethesda upscale shopping district. It has an intimate, warm atmosphere, and friendly wait staff once they become motivated with the "routine and bustle" of serving you.Total restaurant bill for 3 adults = $79.34 + 20% tip.
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