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“Superb Nepali food experience”
Review of Shangri-La

Shangri-La
Ranked #42 of 365 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Indian, Nepali
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: In our ideal restaurant classic vegetarian dishes would be made from locally grown organic produce effused with Indian and Nepalese spices. Meats would be cooked high over hot charcoal in a tandoor (a traditional clay oven) allowing fats to drain, thereby lowering their cholesterol content. He would cook with olive oil, make his own yogurt and bake bread as ordered. Shangrila restaurant would serve the simple fresh, organic, flavorfully spiced foods that a mother would cook if she came from New Delhi or Katmandu.
frederick, maryland
Level 6 Contributor
678 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 550 helpful votes
“Superb Nepali food experience”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Great food, nice ambience and table settings, and accommodating staff. We came here with very good friends and all thoroughly enjoyed a first experience with Nepali food. Our young waiter, Dipesh, from Katmandu, was very helpful in guiding us through the menu to select traditional Nepali items and coach us on spiciness. He was very patient even when I asked if they had buffalo or yak meat on the menu (they have goat, chicken, and lamb). We started with a mix of vege and chicken "momo" (steamed dumplings) with a nice sauce. The gundrunk soup was a treat of flavors and spice (the key component is fermented dried spinach). For main courses, we had khasi ko masu (spicy goat), butter chicken (not traditional Nepali, but a nonspicy Indian respite), a vegetarian Nepali thali and the nonvegetarian Nepali thali. Thali is a large sampling of foods and these included dal (lentil) soup, gundrunk soup, spinach paneer, vegetable curry, chicken and goat (in the nonvege thali). All of the dishes came with the traditional basmati rice, but we also had a portion of Indian naan. We also received a small portion of a spicy pickled condiment. The food was delicious and satisfying. We had masala tea (spiced and dark) and finished with a taste of rasamali, a sweet dessert consisting of paneer soaked in milk with cream and flavored with cardamom and pistachio. We thoroughly enjoyed this meal and the interaction with the wait staff. I am already looking forward to the next visit! Next time, I think we would order main (traditional Nepali) dishes and share more around the table.

We were surprised that the restaurant was not full, especially for a Friday night, perhaps because they do a large takeout business.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
Bethesda, Maryland
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“good food does not outweigh bad, lazy service....”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We placed our usual online order (over $100) for delivery and did not receive everything. I called and asked that they please send the driver back with the rest of order. They apologized, said they were busy, left the items out of the bag and would send out the driver again. After waiting over an hour, I called back again and they told us their policies had changed. They no longer include the item I specifically requested with the order.
Wow.
It's so frustrating dealing with a business like this. Customer loyalty means nothing anymore. Please be cautious when ordering from here. We of course will never do so again.

  • Visited January 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
3,376 reviews
1,408 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,914 helpful votes
“Delicious Indian!”
Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

I met some friends here for supper the other night and was pleasantly surprised at what a great restaurant this is. The food was delicious, the staff was fabulous, and the ambience was very conducive to catching up with old friends. It's a winner!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Four Stars for Indian and Nepali Food”
Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

If you're in Bethesda, Maryland, enjoy Indian food and want to sample some Nepali items, Shangri-la is worth a visit. At dinner, the cooking is thoughtful and the wine list is surprisingly good-- we have had interesting organic wines here on occasion. We have enjoyed the tandoori items, the daal, the papal paneer (spinach with cheese cubes) and the breads. The lunch buffet is plentiful, hearty and filling-- an excellent bargain. Service is always unobtrusive and helpful.

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San Francisco
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good food, ambiance, service”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

We went there, a family of 4, and had good food, 2 glasses of wine, and very good service for around $80. So we rate the restaurant highly. Perhaps the food could have a touch more "authentic Indian" flavor if you're a foodie, but the rest of the experience was very good. It's very close to the Residence Inn, for people like us who arrive at the hotel after 8pm and need a quick bite.

  • Visited November 2012
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