100-B Gibbs St.
On a whim, I decided to head up to Rockville Town Square for lunch on this lovely Thursday. I kinda had a feeling for Indian, but I wasn’t aware of any Indian restaurants near the square proper (although there’s the excellent Bombay Bistro a few blocks away on West Montgomery). Looking quickly online, I found Spice Xing and decided to give their lunch buffet a try.
I’m very glad I did. The place was slightly hard to find as there appeared to be two doors into the place, neither of which had a clear sign stating what is was. But once I found my way inside, I was greeted with the unmistakeable aromas of various masala and other spice blends. The buffet itself offered much more of a selection than I am used to seeing at Indian buffets; in addition to your standard selection of entreés, there was a salad with three kinds of dressing (lite Italian, Caesar, and the house; I had the house), a soup of the day (which I didn’t try), and two types of rice: a standard steamed plain basmati and a tamarind flavored. Most of the entreés were vegetarian and included a broccoli masala dish, something simply labeled “potato and eggplant”, and a chana daal. There was also your typical chicken tandoori, but the pieces were quite small and bony and I found difficult to eat without getting bone fragments in my mouth.
All the dishes I tried were excellent. The spiciness was just right for me; enough to clear my sinuses but any more would have been painful for me. Also served was fresh naan right from the oven without having to ask; that wins me over every time. At $8.95, the buffet itself was more than reasonable, but I think $2.25 for a coke was exorbitant.
The décor was understated, but very nice. Simple, dark furniture made for a clean look, with interesting wall decorations such as a wall of fabric covered mirror squares. The layout of the place was a little tricky at first because there was a big wall between my table and the buffet and it wasn’t clear if the doorway between was where I should go or if that was the way to the kitchen only, but I figured it out.
So, a lovely lunch in a lovely restaurant. Now I’m back at my desk, ready for the food coma.
4 out of 5 stars.