Salt & Pepper is expanding its locations to three. This is a very good indicator of good quality food and customer satisfaction. My visit took me to 'Salt and Pepper II' ---the 14th St. location at 3925 14th Street in Columbia Heights Neighborhood of DC. I ordered Chicken Tikka, Chicken Tandoori, and the Salt and Pepper Special (an assortment of various dishes lamb, chicken, and kebab with two sides). The food was great. The dishes were mildly spicy, and delicious. If you want it spicier all you need do is ask. My feeling is that they 'tone it down' for the less tolerant non-spicy crowd. What the restaurant lacks in ambiance and decor the food makes up for in appetizing color and preparation. The portion sizes were all well sized. Instead of dining in I opted to carry out. It was very much appreciated that the 'to-go' Styrofoam containers were wrapped up in clear plastic saran wrap. No leaky, soupy, plastic bags with goodness at the bottom upon arrival home. The sides were even wrapped keeping the plastic lids firmly in place. I look forward to using their Pickup or delivery service in the future. Happily, I took advantage of bringing their Carry Out Menu with me home.
Visiting Washington this year for a convention with my husband. We are lucky as we get to stay with a cousin in Georgetown and he navigates us through the DC restaurant options. This week he took us to his new DC favorit Salt and Pepper Grill. Wow, the people are really nice and attentive, there are cute little cubbies in the back that you can sit it just an overall great vibe. Lets talk about the food. First of all it was creative, nicely served up and absolutely wonderful. Saturday after our flight into town we went my husband and I had the special crab cakes with a lime cilantro sauce with a medally of fresh julienned vegetables. Now as always the server said there is not filler...right I thought. No kidding there really wasn't any filler and they were lightly browned not deep fried hockey pucks. My cousin had the special of New Zealand lambchops and he said they were great. We raved about this so much that we went again Tuesday night with another out of town couple. This time everyone had the crab cakes with the same reaction. I was a little cold so I had a cup of their home made vegetable noddle soup. Guess what it was really home made chock full of thin noddles and very good. This restaurant seems to be a little known secret in the DC area and I wouldn't hesitate to go again!
We got lost after going to the Cherry Blossom festival, and used the GPS to find a place to eat. We like to try smaller mom & pop type eateries. You ordered your food at the counter and then sat at the few tables available until it was ready, then you went back to the counter and got your food. That's OK by me, it cuts down on the overhead, ambiance was certainly not a necessity. We ordered Lamb Roganjosh, Chicken Curry, Naan, Pakora, and 2 Mango Lassis. I found the lamb beautifully marinated and expected a lot after that bite. My wife wasn't pleased with it at all. She always enjoyed chicken curry, but wasn't very satisfied with this, and I have to admit, I didn't find it too appealing either. The Pakora (deep fried vegetables) were ok as was the sauce, but they were very hot. we can handle hot spice, but it isn't for everyone. The naan was very satisfactory. The mango lassis were good if not a bit sweet. Since most of their business appeared to be carry-out some leeway can be given. If I lived in the neighborhood, I would probably use them often for a quick meal.