Brand-spankin’ new fast food Indian place on 7th Street going from Penn Quarter into Chinatown in downtown D.C. I’ve passed by this place a few times and finally had the opportunity to try it out.
I got Chaat (“An aromatic blend of sweet onions, peppers, corn, tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and garbanzo beans, topped with a probiotic yogurt, Merzi’s tangy tamarind date chutney, and finished with a smattering of crunchy sev”) with Vegetarian (no meat), with a medium sauce and medium/mild chutneys. I also got a Potato Tikka (“Deliciously flavorful and spiced Indian cheese (paneer) crumbled and seasoned with spices rolled into a crunchy potato patty. Also perfect on top of a chaat, rice bowl, or just on the side.”)
I enjoyed the Potato Tikka more than anything else. The Chaat itself was decent but not like what I’ve had in Jackson Heights of Queens, New York. Now THAT is real chaat and at half the price. This was okay, but I was so hungry, and there was such a mix of sauces, that I wasn’t sure what I was eating.
Friend got the same kind of chaat but with CHICKEN. I think she enjoyed hers for the most part, but she too was not blown away by the dish itself. I guess this is what you can expect from a fast food Indian place. Along with the interior decor, and fast food order/pick-up/pay line, it reminded me of CHIPOTLE. I do like the fact that there’s so much variety in Chinatown. Glad there’s some Indian to add to the mix!
Can’t forget my drink… the “Mango-Fantango”, which I suspect is supposed to be their version of a mango lassi (homemade yogurt based drink). This was fail. I thought it was too sweet as they use pure sugar cane and what they claim to be fresh mangos. Well, it must be like 1 mango or something. I didn’t think it had enough flavor and it was more watery than yogurty. I like the mango lassi at Indique Heights, mmmm, but they’re a much fancier restaurant.
Do you like my photo?! I was playing with the iPhoto options 🙂 Tried to make it look a bit more vintage. These are super cute cupcakes and super yummy. As it was near St. Patty’s Day, we got the Irish Cupcake and the Raspberry Cupcake. I think they had slightly more creative and cute names, but whatever, this is what they tasted like. YUMMY! I love this bakery and their story is a cute one. It’s owned by a married couple who apparently must’ve been interviewed by an authoress who then conceived a partially fictional novel based on their love story. Interesting, isn’t it? I usually stop by Frosting at the Friendship Heights Bus Bay on my way to work.
Okay, so I don’t get a cupcake every morning… usually a chai latte or ILLY (my fave) latte or cappuccino. There, now you know my hotspots for morning pastries and coffee– Frosting Bakery and Tynan Coffee&Tea. 😀