When Spice of Bukhara, an Indian/Afghani Restaurant, opened last June many neighbors were excited about having more variety in local dining options. Unfortunately the restaurant recently closed. However, a sign in the window indicates that it will be replaced by a restaurant called City Kabob. In the end, it may not be that big of change, as the menu has many of the same dishes such as curries, butter chicken, and Masalas and Vindaloos.
City Kabob has another location on Columbia Pike in Arlington. From their website:
…City Kabob & Curry House opened its doors at the end of 2015 with a vision to serve flavor-packed, from-scratch cooked Indian and Pakistani dishes to the locals and others in the Northern Virginia and DC area.
We use only the 100% Fresh and 100% Halal ingredients in our dishes to provide superior flavor and authenticity.
We offer a calm and casual environment that is good for dining with friends ,family members and co workers for up to 35 people.
Our main objective is to ensure that your dining experience becomes a pleasant one.
All of our staff looks forward to welcoming you at City Kabob & Curry House.
Welcome to the area City Kabob! Can’t wait to try their food. The address of the forthcoming restaurant is 204 Michigan Avenue NE, in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica.
We were really happy to hear that a new Indian/Afghani Restaurant, Spice of Bukhara, opened in our greater area. While we love the new restaurants that have sprouted up in and around Brookland in recent years, we really have a lack of ethnic restaurants, in our opinion. So, of course, we rushed right over to check it out and took the pics below. (You need flash to see the photos. If you can’t see them, click here to open the folder.)
The restaurant just opened a week ago, so they obviously need some time to get fully up and running. For example, the nice looking space begs for chairs and tables, but the super-friendly staff told me that they are still waiting for their seating permit, which should be approved soon. Also, their website looks like it still needs some tweaking, but the most important part of it – the menu – can be found here.
On to the food – so, so good. We tried a samosa, chicken curry, lamb tikka masala, naan, chole (chickpeas) and rice. Everything was really tasty, well seasoned and satisfying and the meats were very tender. The restaurant has a hot bar of prepared foods that make quick ‘order and go’ options like a veggie platter or protein with sides. The portions were generous enough that we were able to save some for lunch the next day. We can’t wait to go back and try more dishes like the kabobs and biryani dishes. The paper menu from the restaurant says that they deliver, but there isn’t any information about that on their website. We recommend checking it out and hope the restaurant really takes off.
Spice of Bukhara is located at 204 Michigan Avenue NE in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica. Their Facebook page is here.
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