50 Best Restaurants 2017: Namaste

An Indian restaurant in Alexandria.

Photo by Stefanie Gans

Now with two locations in Alexandria, the latest in Old Town, Namaste continues to be where to go for Indian food. Find samosa chat, a typical stuffed samosa, split open and covered with chickpeas, tomatoes, onion and cilantro, plus yogurt and tamarind sauce. It’s like, there’s joy in a single scoop of ice cream, but then that scoop can also act as the base of a sundae and it’s even better. Tomato soup is basically buttery sauce with tomato flavoring and is just as rich as it sounds. Palak chat is a modern marvel as spinach is fried to a crisp and then dressed with tamarind and yogurt. Eat quickly or the spinach loses its snap.

Dinner is all about the sauce: chicken in a delicate and creamy cashew sauce, lamb in a warming rogan josh, paneer tangled in thready spinach. It’s a meal you’ll be thankful for.

Indian | $$
1504 King St., Alexandria
6138 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria

(50 Best Restaurants 2017November 2017)