You can trust that Bombay Street Food brings authentic urban Indian food to D.C. due to the credentials of its creator Asad Sheikh. He’s not only a seasoned restaurateur with many other successful eateries to his name—but he was also born and raised in Bombay. That’s why his menu is filled with bites that street vendors actually dish out in the capital city.
Sit down with friends and share a few small plates like the palak chaat, which are deep-fried spinach fritters topped with spiced yogurt and tamarind sauce, or the samosas stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas. You should also savor some of the Indo-Chinese fusion specialties, perhaps the gobi Manchurian (crispy cauliflower and sweet-and-sour sauce) alongside the paneer chili. For the main course, Bombay Street Food’s chef puts a modern twist on classic Indian dishes—case in point, the lobster masala with local veggies and sous vide lobster tail. Stick around for an inventive dessert such as the Bombay pan gulfi, vanilla kheer brulee, or rasmalai (a pillowy milk cake) with pistachio, saffron, and rose crystals.