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Taj of India

2809 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours vary but generally open for lunch 11:30am-3:00pm & dinner 5:00pm-10:30pm.
202-965-4266 2 hours
July 2014 All year
$20-49 Washington, DC District of Columbia
Website Food/Drinks Indian Restaurants
First review
Taj of India is an Indian restaurant in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. The restaurant opened in 2002. A second location opened in nearby Crystal City, Virginia in 2014. Taj serves traditional north Indian cuisine and also has a full bar. The restaurant is located on busy M Street, but parking is generally available on nearby residential streets if you don’t mind a short walk. Pay careful attention to the parking signs before selecting a spot.

The dining room is fairly small, and there is limited space between tables. Noise levels were moderately loud during dinner. One could still have a conversation but at a slightly louder volume. Decorations were limited to some large colorful pictures on the walls. The tables had tablecloths, but a sheet of paper was placed on top of the cloths which is somewhat tacky. The tables and chairs were in decent shape, and the utensils and plates were clean.

Taj was mostly full around 7:30pm on a Friday night. The server initially suggested a table by the entrance, but a less congested one by the wall was requested instead. Appetizers included a vegetable samosa and mulligatawny soup. Both dishes were appetizing, but the soup gets the edge. It had a rich chicken broth and a smoky bacon flavor. The samosa came with several dipping sauces, which were tasty enough to hold onto to for later courses. While clearing the appetizers a server tried several times to take a used fork and knife. He had to be instructed several times to leave them in place before doing so. If a customer wants to keep his utensils, it should not turn into a game of tug-of-war. The main courses were aloo matar and Indian thali (both of which came with tons of rice). The vegetarian Indian thali platter had a rich mix of servings and sauces. A curry serving and a serving of saag paneer were the best. The aloo matar ranked average. The peas and potatoes were reasonably good, but the sauce was bland and watery. A dessert of gulab jamun, which is like a fried doughnut in honey was a winner if you like sweets. Not getting hassled to leave a restaurant after eating is a plus and that was the case here. A negative though was practically having to jump up and down to get the server's attention and bring the bill. The overall experience was a bit above average. Erratic service and crowded conditions lessened the appeal. The food quality though was generally good.
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