The Spice Route
10945 George Mason Cir.
Manassas, VA 20109
Indian | $
The décor is comfortable with white tablecloths and cloth napkins. The owner Gopal Kapoor told me he serves traditional dishes the way he makes them at home. His focus is on flavor, saying most traditional Indian food is not spicy hot. He uses the freshest ingredients he can find to build flavor and savory dishes.
For our appetizer we chose an Indian street food known as Samosa Chaat. It is chopped samosa with chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, and chutney. Samosa Chaat is a mince meat dish that is spicy, tangy, and sweet. This is a flavorful dish easily shared.
This was not as spicy as the Samosa Chaat but had a perfect garlic taste, savory but not strong enough to linger beyond the next bite.
The naan bread was excellent.
For our entrées I had the Butter Chicken and my wife had the Lamb Bhuna.
The Butter Chicken was very good on a bed of delicious long grain basmati rice.
The Spice Route is located across the street from the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the George Mason Campus. It is an excellent stop for dinner before a performance. There is plenty of parking, so you can eat and walk across the street. We ate early so noise was not an issue. Service is attentive but not intrusive and the food is an excellent value for your dollar. They are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. This is the best Indian food in our area.