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Namaste, Indian and Nepalese in the Former Oriental Gourmet Space in Rose Hill Shopping Center

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#1 monavano



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 11:37 AM

I just saw the paperwork in the window. Oriental Cafe's signage is still up and the interior looks untouched thus far.


Please, if there is a Santa Claus, let this place be better than the Little Caesar's abomination a few doors down.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:40 PM

I saw this place the other day and am cautiously optimistic. I just hope it is better than anything else in that culinary wasteland of a strip mall, which is an EXTREMELY LOW BAR.

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:22 PM

Apparently it opened a couple of weeks ago (hadn't noticed) and we hit it up for take out today. Given the take-out limitations, things seemed very promising.

It's hard to judge naan that has been packed in aluminum foil for 15 minutes to get back to the house, but the flavor was good (if the texture seemed to have been ruined by the passage home.) At any rate, they do by all accounts bake it fresh on premises. 

The Samosas we ordered were very presentable - not overly greasy and still fairly crisp. The Palak Paneer seemed to please my wife, but left me a bit flat. The Chicken Tikka Masala, however, was much, much better than I had any right to hope it would be. Most notably, there didn't seem to be a single dish that featured pre-packaged ingredients - fresh cut vegetables were very much in evidence throughout the meal.


While this place may not be challenging Rasika for the new DC Indian cuisine crown, I can hardly imagine you doing better down in our little south of the Beltway restaurant wasteland. Plus, holy crap, THEY DELIVER!!!

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:40 PM

We have eaten here a few times. Here are my observations: 


Momos: Have only tried chicken. Flavorful filling. The dough for momos is always heavier than one for Chinese dumplings. That said, the wrappers at Namaste are less doughy than ones at Momo in Springfield. 


Goat curry: Excellent. Super tender meat, luscious gravy. Appropriately oily and on the bone -- as all curry should be. 


Lamb vindaloo: I asked for a REAL vindaloo and the spice level was delivered. Again, very well cooked. 


Chicken 65: If you want the authentic version, ask for it spicy. I was not crazy about the texture -- thought the chicken could have been more crisp. But, I didn't eat at the restaurant so that may be a transportation issue. 


Lunch buffet:  I took my Indian Mom to this. She is a vegetarian. The buffet has more vegetarian than non-vegetarian dishes so she was delighted. The buffet selections also change (perhaps daily?). The buffet is not overly stocked as at other Indian places, so the food seemed more fresh. They also make naan (which is included in the meal) after you have settled at the table, which means it comes to you right out of the tandoor but perhaps not as quickly as you would like. It is not the best naan I have ever tried but its freshness makes up for all other shortcomings. 

I was not at all impressed with the chicken tandoori. I think that had more to do with not using the best quality chicken than anything else.  Unfortunately, chicken tandoori is best served by using a superior quality meat, like all grilling. The buffet also offered pakoras as an appetizer the day we were there and they were surprisingly crisp. The best offering though was the warm carrot halwa. Not overly sweet, tender and lovely. 


I have been chatting up the guys that run the place. They are sweet and very eager to please. I am really, really hoping they make it. My neck of the woods definitely could use a decent restaurant. 


That said, would anyone be interested in going to it for a $20 Tuesday? If so, someone please message me how to set up one of those outings and I will be happy to do it. 

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:42 PM

I'd love to try this place, lunches are usually easier for me (& I love buffets, so I can try different things that I wouldn't necessarily order alone), but I might be able to make it for dinner, barring a conflict w/ field hockey games.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:34 PM

Note that we have a $20 Tuesday thread for Namaste.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:55 AM

My work partner invited us over to their house for dinner this Saturday, but instead of having her cook for us, we decided to have carry out. They had tried Namaste and loved it, but wanted confirmation from an Indian that it was good. I was asked to order for the 4 of us. We ordered the chicken tikka masala, chana masala, goat curry, chicken 65, and vegetable momos. We ordered everything medium spice level. 


All the entrees were fantastic, in my opinion. The color of the chana masala was perfect - rich and brown. Very tasty, rivals my favorite in town (Ravi Kabob). The chicken tikka masala was an excellent version, not the typical dull version you get that is heavy on tomato and cream. This was bolder. And, when you looked at the chicken pieces, they had the pink color on the outside, so it seems like they cooked the chicken in the tandoor, which is how you're supposed to do it (many places just saute them up). The goat curry was the star of the show. Even medium, it was pretty fiery. The goat meat was tender and on the bone. My lovely date really enjoyed it - she loves meat from the bone. The appetizers were not as good. I generally love dumplings/momo's/pot stickers, but something wasn't great about these. I agree with the comment that momo's are generally "doughier" but to me it was too thick and because it was delivered, it just didn't appeal to me very much, though the fililng was tasty. The Chicken 65 was just like General Tso's chicken, not a real Chicken 65, like at Karaikudi. 


The quality of the entrees was very high. I think they used better ingredients than most places. I can't wait to try more of the menu.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:21 PM

We stopped in tonight for dinner tonight and were not disappointed.  We started out with the Kukhura ko sekuwa - grilled chicken marinated with mustard oil and Nepalese spices.  A squeeze of lemon was a nice addition to the very succulent tender chicken.  (forgot to get a picture of it)  Like Simul Parikh, we got the goat curry and agree it was the best dish on the table.  Tender chunks of goat (some still on the bone) in a rich tomato based sauce (?) that has a slowly building heat. The sauce was my favorite part of the dish. Fragrant basmati rice and naan were good sources for conveying the sauce to my belly.  We also got the chicken momo.  We thought the dumpling wrapper wasn't thick at all.  They were tasty but not a stand out like the goat.  


The staff were very helpful and friendly.  They told us we could order dishes to be prepared in varying degrees of heat from mild to hot to HOT.  The menu is big enough to offer lots of future visit for further exploration.  A take out menu is tucked into the glove compartment of my car for easy access for take home dinners.  And restaurant is conveniently on my way home from work, even better.







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Goat curry


Here is the menu from their website.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 10:22 AM

I have been meaning to add to this thread for some time, but the Post did a better job than I would have. Nice review for them, they deserve it. I have been getting take out and enjoying their delivery since I saw the restaurant mentioned here (Thanks to the above posters).


I was dining in for the first time on Saturday and my wife and I noticed it was busier than usual.  A set of regulars sit next to us and we here them congratulate one of the staff on the Post's very recent write up; busy-ness explained.  Early in the evening, they seemed to be handling the larger crowd just fine, and I hope they benefit from the write up. Service was very friendly and we were happy.


I drive about 15-20 minutes to get there and it is by far the best Indian (Nepalese) in my S. Alexandria radius.  The menu is large, but they handle it well. The Nepalese and Indian dishes excel. The one Indo-Chinese dish I had was the sole dish I didn't strongly enjoy. It may have been a poor delivery choice or I got spoiled in Queens on rock solid Indo-Chinese.  Based on those two factors, I may give that side of the menu another chance.


The goat curry as others have mentioned is really nice. I am a fan of goat and this is done well.  It is tender, clearly goat but not gamey and it is a good mix of pieces on and off the bone. (Lamb dishes  have also been done well)  If you like spicy, the stock goat curry is on the mild-medium side so you may want to ask for it with a little more heat.


Last thing I will mention, I normally order the very spicy dishes, my wife the mild dishes.  In many places, we find mild dishes to be often one note.  There is deep and subtle spicing here even with their milder dishes.  The ones I have had shared have been tasty enough for me not to long for my overdriven peppery dishes (lamb pasanda and shai baingain).     

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