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  • I’ve been twice and really enjoyed both visits. Simply put, Merzi is like Chipotle but with Indian food.
    Good service and generous portions for about $8

    • Their food is really good! Tastes very fresh and not too heavy for lunch. Check it out!

    • meh, I like the Aditi stall at Union Station for fast-food indian. Merzi seems like a high school cafeteria interpretation on indian food comparatively.

  • I liked it, too. Good cheap eats.

  • It’s pretty good, modestly priced, solid meal.

  • Meh. Not really Indian food. It’s not bad, but also not what I expected or what they bill themselves to be.

    It is what it is, which as stated above, is pretty good, modestly priced food. A nice alternative for a quick, cheap lunch.

    • it’s not indian inspired? that’s all they claim, on their website anyway.

      • it’s not indian inspired. For a low bar (and fairly meaningless at that) claim, they don’t quite make it. It’s Chipotle inspired – yes some of the ingredients make you think more of indian cuisine – but that doesn’t mean it tasted like indian food. watery-chipotle was the dominant flavor.

      • it’s actually bengali, which is why there’s beef on the menu.

    • Only in the way that Chipotle isn’t really Mexican food. And yes I’m Indian.

    • I agree. It’s ok. But when I want Indian food this is not what I’m looking for. It’s better on the rice. The “salad” was kinda gross (I thought). It’s near my office and I’ve been twice.

  • I have to say, I was a little disappointed. Possibly because it had been hailed as the Indian Chipotle, and I am a man who loves his Chipotle.

    That said, there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s decent, and the price isn’t too bad if you stay away from the extras (why are they always out of samosas??).

    So I suppose I’d give it thumbs up, just don’t expect it to change your life.

  • I ate there twice. The first time was kinda meh. I got the lamb, which was dry and not very flavorful. The second time with the chicken along with both tikka and yogurt sauces was much more tasty.

    Toppings were adequate but some were out of place. Not a big fan of lettuce and corn on my “Indian” food.

    Seating is a bit awkward. Didn’t know what to make of the stand-up area in the middle – could have just as easily been bench seating.

    It’s more Indian inspired than anything, but it’s under $10 and is a nice change from the usual PQ fare. I’d give it a 6.5/10.

  • I agree with “meh”. I love indian food and i love chipotle, but this place was neither.l I only ate about 1/3 of it and, as a due paying member of the Clean Plate Club, that means it wasn’t good.

  • I love this place. It’s delicious, fast, and reasonably priced.

  • Good place to grab take-in for Iron Horse.

  • Awesome food!!!!!

  • Meh – it’s just OK. They serve the naan under your meat and toppings so it morphs into a wet gloopy mess. Ask for it on the side.

    Kudos though for a new concept.

  • I almost ate there yesterday but the line was out the door. In my allotted 15 min, there was no way I could have gotten food and gone.

  • It takes Indian food and turns it into unappetizing spicy glop. I gave it a couple of chances but am disappointed. It needs less sauce and more substance.

  • I like it. I think a similar concept, or something like Chicago’s Chutney Joe’s would do well in Columbia Heights.

  • i love merzi. i think it’s a disservice to call it the chipotle of indian food. there are plenty of concepts other than chipotle that let you walk down the line and choose your options for a completely customized meal. Second, no, it’s not “Indian food,” but it uses Indian spices and components (tamarind sauce, naan, masala sauce, etc). so long as you don’t try and think of it based on what it’s not, i think it’s yummy, not to mention well priced.

    • ah

      The similarity to chipotle ends after “Large portions” and “not a huge amount of money”. Well, unless you want to make comparisons like “equally mediocre”.

      I was not impressed. Flavors okay and vaguely Indian (in terms of spices used). Conceptually not too Indian, and I didn’t think well executed.

  • It’s not authentic Indian, but it sure tastes a lot the Indian food I used to love eating in England. Tikka masala sauce is far from authentic Indian, but it sure is delicious. I’d say it is “Indian inspired” for sure. And that line is wicked long, but it goes surprisingly fast.

    Get the chicken, tikka masala sauce (medium warm sauce–I think it’s called that) with the rice. Naan on the side for me!

  • It’s Indian for the same people who think Chipotle’s Mexican. People who love Chipotle will love Merzi. People who like actual Indian food will not like it.

    • I agree with your first two statements, but disagree with your last. People who like “actual Indian food” and expect this to be authentic Indian food (and not just Indian-inspired) will not like it. But I know plenty of people who like both “actual Indian food” and Merzi. It’s just important to recognize it for what it is.

  • faux indian…no flavor. blah.

  • I think it’s a great introduction to people who have never tried Indian. Yeah, if you’re expecting sit down Indian food, go to Rasika. This is fast food Indian–but the quality kind.

    Dude, the spices taste totally Indian. I think the fact that they serve corn throws people off. And Indian folks DO eat corn, contrary to what some people think.

  • I agree with the “meh” statement. I love indian food and I love chipotle, but I really did not love Merzi. Maybe because this didnt taste like indian food to me at all. The naan tasted more like a piece of a thick wrap or something than actual naan and I didn’t care for how all the sauces and toppings were just thrown on top of each other. If I were to go back I might ask for some sauce on the side, but to be honest — and I work just around the corner — I have never been tempted to go back here. I guess if you want chicken with corn and some sauce on it, this might be a good choice for you, but if you want something resembling indian food, this really is not it. And incidentally, Chipotle is about 10x better

  • It’s definitely not Indian, if you can grasp that then this place is great for what it is. People at my work place swear by the food at merzi because it is simple to order and tastes really good. My favorite is the lamb on rice with the medium warm and all the veg (except the lettuce), where else can you get lamb for less than 8 bucks and taste this good? I think this concept has got huge potential for growth and I wish them well…go merzi !

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