Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill

Last date I was here: 8/31/2011

Restaurant: Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill (

Location: Barracks Row

Total Rating: 3.95

Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5

Summary: Offering an amazing selection of traditional Indian and Pakistani specialties, Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill is a welcoming restaurant along the popular Barracks Row that is often overlooked. More visited for their "all you can eat" buffets, Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill also offers a full menu with vegetarian, meat, and fish dishes that highlights their use of the freshest ingredients and USDA grade meats. Closest Metro is Eastern Market.

April 2011: Keith and I were in the mood for something different and decided to finally try this local Indian restaurant - and boy were we happy we did. The inside decor is much nicer than anticipated with iconic Indian pictures along each wall. We studied the menu and decided to share a classic chicken dish and a shrimp dish from the tandoor. We snacked on papadum with the house sauces while we waited for our mixed platter appetizer. All of the food was fresh and wonderfully seasoned. The server asked us our spice level preference, so that was good for those that do not like much spicy food. We ordered medium and although it was perfect for me, Keith could handle a little hotter spice level. Despite the eager water pouring, service was great. The raita was flavorful, a little more runny than expected, yet, provided a cool retreat from the spicy tikka sauce. The naan was so fresh, chewy, and warm. I really enjoyed all the food; we finished our plates clean. I would definitely come back to Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill again to settle that exotic craving.

UPDATE: The food was more spicy than last time and seemed to be less portions. So I decreased the score from a 5 to 4 for Food. Overall, same dining experience and cravable food. Friendly service, yet takes long to get the bill.

What I ate:

Chef's Special Assorted Appetizer

vegetable smosa, vegetable pakora, chicken tikka, potato fritters

Chicken Tikka Makhni

Boneless pieces of chicken botti cooked in authentic rich tomato based gravy enriched with fresh cream

Shrimp Tandoori

Shrimp lightly seasoned in a blend of spices and broiled in clay oven

Shrimp Vindaloo

Shrimp cooked in a fiery red curry sauce

Vegetable Biryani

basmati rice cooked with seasonal vegetables and herbs

served with raita

Plus Keith ate:


Minced lamb flavored with fresh herbs cooked in a clay oven on skewers

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