1510-A Belleview Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22307 703-660-6085

AboutDishes of Inida

OurStory

Dishes of India originally opened June 17, 1997. Chef Ramanand Bhatt begin cooking at 16 years old in New Delhi, India at a roadside café. From the beginning of his career his desire was to open up his own place. At age 25 he traveled to Spain, where he worked at a prestigious Indian restaurant for five years. Returning to India, he worked for Air India flight kitchens as an assistant chef for15 years. In 1981 he came to USA, continuing to fine-tune his skills, plan and save to eventually open his own restaurant in 1997.

In 2003 Dishes of India was destroyed by Hurricane Isabell. It took about one year to renovate the restaurant and reopen. There were a LOT of hurdles, so many, at one point, Chef Bhatt second guessed whether they should open or not, but only for a moment, his determination and passion kept his focus on his dream. However, it was through a lot of help from locals and loyal guests that it was made possible to restore Dishes of India and open for business once again.


Dishesof India

A Family Run Business
Mr Bhatt has 2 of his 4 sons working with him at the restaurant. Mr Naresh Bhatt looks after the overall operations of the restaurant and Mr. Gopal Bhatt takes cares of the front end. Mr. Bhatt is dedicated in his work and is 100 percent focused on traditional authentic Indian cuisine. He cooks from the heart and takes pleasure in seeing his patrons enjoy their meal. He uses only the freshest ingredients and the best spices. His secret may be that he has received an extraordinary gift of happiness from God which he transfers to his cooking. Many of his patrons call him the master magician for his creations in the kitchen.

 
  • Dishes of India has been quietly delighting diners from the neighborhoods of Old Town to Mount Vernon and beyond. From its lower-level location in the Belle View shopping center, a mile south of Old Town, this half-hidden treasure serves up tandoori and other Indian specialties at bargain prices. ….great food, impeccable service and welcome touches of civility not usually found in modest establishments.
    Washington Post
    Washington Post
  • I always look forward to going to Dishes of India. One of my favorite local restaurants. I even love the aromas which meet you at the door. It's a very friendly, welcoming place. Naresh, one of the owners, always greets you warmly, and we visit regularly, he sincerely asks about how things are going for me and my family. He goes out of his way to be sure that you are happy with your meal and enjoy the whole experience. I enjoy the quiet, peaceful, unrushed atmosphere.
    Hollin Hills Bulletin
    Hollin Hills Bulletin
  • A lot of Indian restaurants have opened here in recent years, and most are known more for low prices than for the quality or variety of their cooking. It's a treat to run across an exception. Dishes of India is inexpensive but with cooking that's a cut above most of the competition. The credit goes to chef Ramanand Bhatt; during his 15 years of cooking in the area, he has run the kitchens at Rajajee in DC and Haandi in Falls Church and Bethesda.
    Washingtonian
    Washingtonian