Cafe Taj was right across from our hotel, but Indian restaurants can be great or very mediocre. It was raining so we tried it. It was excellent! Nice variety. Great flavors! Nice martini too!😄
We have enjoyed Cafe Taj in McLean for almost 15 years, eating there a few times a year. It has consistent and reliable cooking, represents several different cuisines of India, and is a good value. But, like most restaurants after a while, some things might need a second look -- it's all about meeting expectations, after all. In our most recent visit, the "Tandori Lamb Chops" were delicious as usual, but the menu says "served with the fresh vegetable of the day." Nope .. the meat was served with nothing other than a few pieces of lettuce and a thin slice of tomato. That doesn't count as 'fresh vegetable of the day.' Our second entre was an up-priced vegetarian dish (not on the online menu, but "talli" -- a combination of several vegetarian dishes). It is priced about 50% more than the other vegetarian dishes, but was four tiny, tiny portions of vegetable dishes -- not much more than a spoonful each. Of course, we were served mounds of rice. There is no need to bring enormous portions, but the sum of these four barely bite-sized tastes were much less than an ordinary vegetarian dish. When we came home, I had more vegetables from my fridge.
We enjoy Taj -- the service is always wonderful, the food is tasty, the ambiance is quiet so that conversation is enjoyable. But they could do better -- I hope things improve for our next visit.
Great tasting food. Very very good
Disappointing. Cold food and two different dishes ordered that tasted exactly the same. Will not be returning.
Had a memorable meal with friends dining outside for the first time at Cafe Taj. A little slow to get our table setup, but once we started it was very pleasant. Our out-of-town visitors wanted Indian food, and Cafe Taj was the first place we considered for McLean. Great food, great time. Thanks.
Great to find a good restaurant in McLean. We enjoyed the meal - nice flavors, although the dishes that the waiter said were spicy, really weren't. The Naan with the fruit and nuts was very good. Service was attentive and accommodating. Café Taj will definitely be on my McLean rotation when meeting friends.
Great food. Clearly fresh ingredient daily. The traditional dishes you'd expect but prepared with care and presented nice. Great value. Great service. Great food.
The waiting staff were awesome and very attentive. The food was solid and the Resturant staff gave us several things to try at no cost!
Great food and service. Will definitely go back again.
Tasty yummy Indian food. Enjoy spicy dish. Mild dishes are particularly flavorful.