Bollywood videos playing on a large flat-screen TV, the buzz of dozens of conversations, modern art and paintings on the walls, the smell of spices wafting from the open kitchen . . . Bindaas’s colorful Foggy Bottom outpost feels like a celebration before you’ve even reached your table. The menu is inspired by Indian street food, and this is not a place you’ll leave hungry: Even the snacks, such as the cumin-scented roasted sweet potatoes and the bowl of shrimp bezule, are enough for two to share, before you get to the savory lamb kathi roll or bao-style buns filled with lamb or vegetable stew. Couples probably want to avoid the communal table, but seating at or near the bar is actually more quiet than being in the heart of the action. (The newer Foggy Bottom location gets the nod over the original in Cleveland Park, thanks to more seats and a longer menu.) 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

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