I learned while at my conference that Bethesda, MD is the city with the highest restaurants per capita in the US. The restaurants that I did try were really showing me something including this place, "Passage to India".
Here is the website:
The owners seemed to be there and all the staff very helpful. They were quick to accommodate our request for separate checks as we were all semi-strangers eating together because we were all attending the same conference. The menu is organized by region, which is cool because I don't think I've been to an Indian restaurant where there was so much selection. I was disappointed that there was no paneer on the menu, but I guess that didn't fall into any of the regions?
I had an appetizer that I had never heard of before:
An exotic combination of puffed rice, cilantro, vermicelli, dates and tamarind
This salad was very tasty with lots of fresh flavours.
CHICKEN KAIRI LAUNJI
Chicken with raw mango preserve and pickle spices
And because I am a pickle freak I also ordered a side of pickles. Which was good because they were xxxxxtra spicy!
One of my dining companions had the sampler:
The following Khazanas (treasures) are a selection of our best sellers presented to you on a silver platter. You will be served an assortment of appetizers, followed by an array of entrees accompanied with saffron rice, lentils, raita and topped off by a dessert.
SAMUDRI KHAZANA – Seafood assortments
Overall, a yumtastic experience and I would definitely go back if in the area again!