1135 N. Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703 527-5666
Fax: 703 527 5166

Working Hours

11:30am - 2:30pm

5:00pm - 9:30pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm

$11.50 + Tax

TIMING 11:30am

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1135 N. Highland Street,
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703 527-5666
Fax: 703 527 5166


June 2006 Cheap Eats


** and a half stars (out of four stars)

** (of four stars)

By Tom Sietsema

Average Rating

well worth the walk

Posted by srharmon on May 27, 2005

A wonderful addition to Clarendon's restaurants

Posted by hchismar on Apr 30, 2005 

  • The Washingtonian
    Restaurant Review
    June 2006
  • Seeing chicken wings on the menu of an Indian restaurant inspires anything but confidence in the quality of the kitchen. What it inspires are thoughts of toned-down food that panders to Western sensibilities. That is, until you taste the ones at this tiny storefront place that condo-dwelling locals seem intent on keeping all to themselves.

    Fired in the tandoor, these red-hued, peppery wings are so hot and spicy that they turn doubters into believers--and prompt you to dig deep into the roster of northern-Indian dishes.

    This is assertive cooking, intended for a knowledgeable audience, though it will be rewarding for diners innocent of the flavors of the subcontinent. The tandoor-baked breads arrive hot and crispy--one variety, stuffed with house-made cottage cheese, offers a nice textural contrast--as do the marvelous spinach-and-potato fritters. Crab cakes are brought to life with a shot of ginger and a pinch of diced green chilies. Five-spice Bengali shrimp offers the pleasures of a slow burn, the warmth building in your mouth with each bite. Curries are more pungent and sharply defined than most and sometimes boast wonderful distinguishing touches--ground pistachio in the chicken curry, long-smoked eggplant in the tomato-rich bhuna bhartha.

    Sometimes the centerpiece of a dish, the meat, will turn up dry, and you'll find yourself spooning the terrific, black cardamom-scented rice into the various gravies, so fascinatingly complex that you might not even miss the meat.

    Appetizers $3 to $6.75, entrees $8.50 to $19.50.

    Open daily for lunch and dinner.

  • The Washingtonian
    Restaurant Review
  • THE SCENE. In a Clarendon suddenly booming with choices, it's easy to miss this tiny restaurant tucked amid the stores, shops, and big-box emporiums, and you get the sense that the young, stylish couples who make up the clientele are happy about that--eager to keep a place with reasonably priced, mouth-tingling food to themselves.

    WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. The northern-Indian cooking is assertive, though the heat often unfurls so slowly that you scarcely realize your lips are burning until it's too late. Distinguishing touches pop up regularly: ground pistachios in a chicken curry, fresh ginger and chilies in the crab cakes, house-made cottage cheese in one of the stuffed breads.

    WHAT YOU WON'T. The space is cold and drafty, and though the bold spicing will make you sweat, it's not enough to make you want to linger. And occasionally you'll find yourself pushing aside dry hunks of meat and soaking up the various gravies with the wonderful black-cardamom-scented rice instead.

    BEST DISHES. Terrific crispy and puffy tandoor-baked breads; spinach-and-potato fritters; juicy tandoor-fired chicken wings; five-spice Bengali shrimp; bhuna bhartha, a murky curry full of smoked eggplants and tomatoes.

  • The Washington Post Magazine
    2005 Fall Dining Guide
    By Tom Sietsema
    Sunday, October 16, 2005
  • From the street, it looks like just another restaurant in a neighborhood full of choices. Step inside, though, and you'll find a dash of style with your samosas: pretty green tables, decorative scarves on the walls and Indian music to lend a sense of the faraway. Starters average just over $4 apiece but show care and attention. Chicken wings are meaty and succulent, garnished with fresh herbs and zippy from their bold marinade. Spinach, potato and onion find their way into light and spiky fritters, and if you think all crab cakes come from the same mold, the chili- and ginger-ignited version here will change your mind. The long and tempting menu has something for every appetite. Carnivores should gravitate toward anything made with lamb.Vegetarians should head in the direction of bhuna bharta, a smoky mush of eggplant, tomatoes and fragrant spices. Both camps can come together for the tandoor-baked breads, which are stuffed with cottage cheese, scattered with mint or topped with garlic and butter -- and simply wonderful.

  • The Washington Post Magazine
    Food & Dining
    Sunday, August 29, 2004
  • You could hardly imagine a better location for a restaurant than directly across the street from a Metro station. The first thing thousands of underground travelers a day spot as they emerge from the stop in Clarendon is a high sign announcing Delhi Club.

    The facade of the storefront doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary, but peek inside and Delhi Club's charms become apparent. Long decorative scarves adorn walls that alternate between white and orange-red, and trim black chairs slide into chic green tables. Light pours in from two sides, there are a handful of tables on the sidewalk, and Indian music reminds you what to expect on the menu.

    Except that, in many respects, Delhi Club is much better than standard-issue. Brought to life this summer by businessman Rajan Nagpal and restaurateur Balraj Bhasin, owner of the Bombay Curry Company in Alexandria, the newcomer separates itself from the crowd in Northern Virginia with food that tastes more personal. One of several dishes that illustrate the point is shrimp biryani. A mound of fluffy and fragrant basmati rice, dotted with plump raisins and sweet singed onions, hides tender spiced seafood. A substantial dish, it is not too heavy; a dollop of cool yogurt sauce heightens the pleasure quotient. Chef Arup Borah hails from White Tiger on Capitol Hill, though my recollections of eating there are not as memorable as what I've encountered at his new workplace.

    Appetizers are so gently priced, you'll be tempted to order more than one per person. Vegetable fritters taste distinctly of their onion, spinach and potato filling, and are as light as they come. Ginger and garlic lend their bite to a plate of tandoor-cooked chicken wings, and crab tikki -- picture crab cakes by way of Delhi -- swells with the flavor of sweet bell pepper and hot green chilies. The kitchen's deft way with seasoning is missing from the finger-size ground lamb kebabs, which, while juicy, are tame, though the menu says they're made with ginger and chilies.

    Lunchtime finds a much-abbreviated menu of salads, sandwiches using naan as bookends to fillings, and a curry of the day. Hope to find either saag gosht (tender lamb buried in gingery spinach) or pista korma (chicken draped in a creamy beige blanket of ground pistachios, fennel and cardamom). Both entrees are offered at night, and both are likely to leave you swabbing their bowls for the last drop of sauce with the excellent breads here, the best of which are lightly stuffed with cottage cheese or fresh mint. Another winning main dish: tender lamb chops in a brick-red sauce that's at once fruity, tart and fiery. The perfect antidote to the flames is Indian ice cream -- dense, chewy, rich with the flavor of nuts and cardamom and absolutely irresistible after the first bite.

  • Reader Reviews
  • I just started a new job right off the va-square metro and stumbled across this great restaurant as I walked up Wilson Blvd. The paneer cheese is cooked to perfection, and the naan bread is sprinkled with sesame seeds giving a nice hint of that flavor. Service was very attentive. Go there!
  • When The Delhi Club first opened, I was delighted to see that a new Indian restaurant had come to Clarendon. I've now been back numerous times, and each time, the food as been flavorful, plentiful and just plain delicious. I always find myself craving the samosas or butter chicken. And each time, we try something new and it does not disappoint. I highly recommend this place to Indian food-lovers.