Dishes of India’s staff has a multi-generational passion for cooking

A Special Advertising Feature of the Alexandria Times

The fine family-run Dishes of India is hidden like a treasure down a flight of stairs in the Belle View Shopping Center. The restaurant is superb, from the food and the perfect presentation to the excellent service and elegant yet casual ambiance. Even the prices are unbelievably good.

For nearly 20 years, the Bhatt family has welcomed diners to their lovely establishment. Chef Ramanand Bhatt, his two sons and other relatives are involved in ensuring every diner’s experience is excellent.

The entire family is passionate about offering the best of Indian cuisine to Alexandria. They give attentive but not intrusive service to customers, which is a tough balance to strike.

And the chef takes pride in using fresh ingredients in every dish. He brings his extensive culinary experience to the meal preparations, ensuring each dish has an authentic Indian touch.

As a patron, it is tough to select just a few menu items because regular diners have a wide range of favorite dishes. But many contend that the restaurant’s naan is perhaps the best in the U.S. It is light, fluffy, crisp and not too thick. Similarly, the vegetable samosas are flavorful and have the prefect mix of ingredients. The appetizer platter is a good way to try a variety of scrumptious items all at once.

For main courses, consider some favorites like the lamb vindaloo, palak paneer, chicken tikka, chicken makhani, vegetable madras, the aloo saag, chaat papri or the creamy tikka masala and saffron basmati rice.

It is safe to say that every item on the Dishes of India menu is first-rate and will exceed expectations. While enjoying your meal, be sure to partake of one of the excellent Indian beers or wines.

Dishes of India is familyfriendly too. There is a children’s menu with traditional American options for younger diners.

Just about any time is perfect to try Dishes of India. The lunch buffet is known far and wide for its flavorful dishes. The buffet is extremely neat and clean, and the price is a real deal. Dishes of India also offers carry out, a la carte ordering for lunch or dinner and the eatery’s party platters are a consistent hit.

This year, Dishes of India is offering a Mother’s Day lunch buffet with the chef’s special for $18.95 as well as a full a la carte dinner menu.

Diners visiting the restaurant for the first time will wonder why they have not checked it out before. And if you have not visited Dishes if India recently, check it out and remind yourself why you love this great restaurant where every patron having a superb dining experience is important to the Bhatt family.

To learn more about Dishes of India, their catering services and take-out menu, go to www. or call 703-660- 6085. Open daily at 1510-A Belle View Blvd, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; dinner from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A Special Advertising Feature of the Alexandria Times