Polo India Club Becomes Dalchinni, Continues Karma Kitchen at 1736 Connecticut Ave, NW

Dalchinni is located at 1736 Connecticut Ave, NW in the former Polo India Club space. Their Web site (still being worked on) says:

“Dalchinni at Dupont Circle is an authentic Indian Restaurant serving Indian cuisine and specialty Himalayan Java Coffee. Our menu has been put together by very experience chef and we are proud to introduce a specialty Himalayan Java coffee first time in the US.”

But what I thought was the coolest was Karma Kitchen which they host every Sunday:

“Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you.”

That’s Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.”

You can learn more about it here.

8 Comment

  • is this real?

  • Karma Kitchen = marvelous concept.

  • Sounds like an easy way to drum up business to me. Those who are attracted to this concept are generally the types who will pay as much or more than the meal’s worth. If I owned a restaurant I’d do it too!

    • Really? Maybe I’m just cynical, but I’d never do this if I owned a restaurant because I think most of the people who are attracted to it will be people who see it as a way to get a really cheap, if not free, meal. As such, they won’t pay anything near the menu cost.
      The only time I’ve seen a “pay what you can” scheme work is in an old episode of The Little Rascals, where the boys put on a show and invited the audience to “pay as you exit.” I’ve never seen it work in real life. As I recall, Radiohead tried a “pay what you think it’s worth” deal with one of their albums a few years back. I think the average payment was $1. Most people paid nothing.
      People like “free” and most people will look at this and see “free.” But again, maybe I am just too cynical.

      • It’s a lot easier to download an album for free than it is to walk into a restaurant, be served, and enjoy a meal and walk away paying little or nothing. Most people can’t consciously do that.

        Also you’re forgetting, the types of people who like to milk the system generally aren’t open-minded enough to like Indian food.

  • First…himalayas are famous for tea not coffee so ofcourse they are the first in the us. Typical restaurant taking advantage of a clientele that knows little about authentic hinalayan cuisine. Karma kitchen? Ya just a pr move if you ask me.

    I would like to see an honest authentic restaurant that serves affordable good indian food made with love.

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