Kadhai Bethesda Indian Restaurant

7905 Norfolk Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Kadhai Bethesda Review: Extremely Disappointing

I have not the slightest doubt that bad Karma of several past lifetimes led me to Kadhai Indian restaurant on Norfolk Avenue in Bethesda.

As I walked into the restaurant for lunch, the crowd led me to believe that I was in for a treat.

Alas, I couldn't have been more wrong in my supposition.

Only at a crappy Indian restaurant like Kadhai would an item labeled Chilli Chicken be not one whit spicy or flavorful.

Chicken & Veg Appetizers

Kadhai Bethesda Appetizers © MDIndia.us
Tandoori Chicken (left) Pakora (top right), Chilli Chicken (bottom)

Tandoori Chicken was the usual ugly, pinkish-red atrocity inflicted on diners at a countless Indian restaurants in Maryland.

Besides lacking any flavor, the version at Kadhai was terribly dry.

No self-respecting restaurant would place such a monstrosity in front of paying diners.

Meat Entrees

Kadhai Bethesda Chicken Makhani © MDIndia.us
Chicken Makhani (bottom), Gosht Masala (top)

Chicken Makhani was creamy but packed little flavor.

Gosht was far too chewy to yield any satisfaction.

Further, the gravy showed scarcely any evidence of spices.

Veg Entrees

Kadhai Bethesda Veg Curries © MDIndia.us
Navratan Korma (left), Palak Paneer (right)
Channa Masala (bottom right)

Overall, the vegetarian items at Kadhai were better than the meat items.

There were three vegetarian entrees on the lunch buffet (Navratan Korma, Palak Paneer and Channa Masala) during my visit.

Although none of them were spicy enough to win my approval, there was at least some flavor in the dishes.

Navratan Korma packed more flavor than the other vegetarian entrees.

Kadhai Bread

Kadhai Bethesda Naan Bread © MDIndia.us
Naan Bread

Naan was the usual hopeless affair it often is at mediocre Indian restaurants.

A simple technique to lift Naan bread onto a higher plane is to daub some butter on it before rushing it to diners.

At least, the Naan bread was not thrown into a heap at the buffet station like some Indian restaurants still do.


Kadhai Bethesda Desserts © MDIndia.us
Rice Pudding (left), Gajar Halwa (right)

Of the two desserts I tried, Gajar Halwa was the better one.

It did not have the raw carrot flavor that ruins it at a lot of Indian restaurants.

But it could have done with a bit more ghee.

Kadhai's Rice Pudding, I wouldn't throw at hogs or dogs!


The restaurant is cramped with some tables too close for comfort.

Service was polite.

Kadhai Bethesda Table © MDIndia.us

Kadhai Bethesda Rating

Overall, my meal at Kadhai Indian restaurant turned out to be a terrible disappointment.

There were a few comforts at Kadhai but not enough to consider a repeat visit or recommend the restaurant. - © MDIndia.us

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