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Thaaja Indian Food Bar Opens at 11am in NoMa

by Prince Of Petworth January 23, 2013 at 10:30 am 30 Comments

1335 2nd Street, NE

Back in October we learned that Thaaja Indian Food Bar was coming next to the Courtyard Marriott by the NoMa metro. Their website says:

Thaaja was created for one simple reason: to show how versatile, delicious, and healthy Indian food can be.

A modern take on traditional Indian food, Thaaja lets you easily design your own meals. Simply pick your favorite flavors and build something fresh, creative and healthy. Start by choosing a base – a wrap, rice bowl, or salad, then add an assortment of proteins and toppings. Finish it off with one (or two!) of our mouth-watering, signature homemade sauces and dine with us or quickly take it to go wherever life takes you!

You can see their menu here.

They’ll also have a weekday happy hour from 4-8pm. In addition to the eats they’ll have beer, wine and cocktails. You can check them out today starting at 11am.

  • Anon

    It looks like NOMA is ending up with a lot of lunch time, fast foodish joints. I hope it’s not the beginning of our own Crystal City (pre renovation.)

    • Anonymous

      its more “golden triangle” than Crystal City, thank god. The street configuration irreperably ruins Crystal City.

    • Anonymous

      Think Rosslyn, not Crystal City. It’s DC’s Rosslyn in the making. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Except the crime rates will never be as low as they are in Rosslyn.

    • Don’t worry, there can only be one Crystal City.

      Yes, Rossyln would be a better analogy.

  • elizqueenmama

    yep, was hoping that this was going to be, you know, actual Indian food.

    • Anonymous

      I will try it as I love Indian food, but you are so right – there is something inherently wrong with the Subway-esque chip spread. Very Americanized. But who knows, might be very good!

      • Anonymous

        this is america, after all.

      • Anonymous

        Indian people eat a lot of chips, actually. Possibly even more so than Americans.

      • Anonymous

        Why is it wrong? India serves Kati Rolls (wraps) with chicken, paneer even egg. This is not a concept that Subway invented and owns. As long as the ingredients and flavors are indian – its still indian. Even in India you can get fusion meals such as sizzler platters which is all indian ingredients (meats, rice, veges) coming out sizzling like a fajita and you eat it with a roti. Now no one is saying they copied On the Border. Food is food!

      • Anonymous

        We eat chips in India! In fact we have our own line of Lays chips with Masala flavor, Spice Flavor, etc. You can walk into any rest stop, convenience store, vendor on the street, you name it in India and will find chips! How is this Subway-esque?

        • masala chips? sounds great!

    • Anonymous

      Let me suggest that you give it a try before judging it. Because if you pre-judge, that makes you prejudiced.

    • Anonymous

      Indian Wraps aka Kati Rolls IS Indian Food. Indian food does not ONLY consist of naans and curries! I think this is a great idea for a lunch spot since eating greasy heavy curries for lunch doesnt sit well for most people. Best of Luck Thaaja!

  • Sue

    I am really excited to try this spot. I’m gonna head over today. My mouth is watering!

  • sv

    Steak – the quintessential Indian food. Kidding aside, personally I would be more likely to go for a more traditional Indian place, even if it was lunch / quick serve, sort of like Naan and Beyond. But no matter what, it’s tough to start a new business and I hope they do well.

    • There are regions of India where people eat beef, like Kerala. Saw it on Bourdain.

      • Anonymous

        not to mention the fact that india has cosmopolitan cities.

        • Anonymous

          Sure about that? i think Mumbai is pretty cosmopolitan. Full disclosure: I have not personally been, but have been told by friends who have…

          • Anonymous

            Reading comprehension off today. Ignore comment above…

          • Anonymous

            There was a lot of beef to be had when I visited Delhi and Mumbai. Although it was one of the easier places in the world to be a vegetarian it was a challenge finding food that wasn’t either meat or very heavy with lots of carbs and fats.

          • Anonymous

            It really is an interesting mix. One one block, you’ll see brand new Ferraris in front of shimmering hotels, and a few blocks away, you’ll see open sewers and people squatting in the streets because they don’t have a toilet.

          • To Anonymous @ 1:14 – looks like it’ll be right at home in NoMa

    • Anonymous

      Traditional Indian place is just that – “traditional”. I think its time to evolve and still enjoy those indian flavors through paneer, chicken, steak, lamb (which you would get at a “traditional” place) but with a twist being that it is wrapped in the roti so you can eat it on the go. All the condiments are still INDIAN, the sauces are INDIAN, the toppings are INDIAN. The food in essence is Indian but packaged in a way that is more practical for a quick lunch!

      • Anonymous

        Besides, most people don’t complain about most Chinese or Italian food in this country being non-traditional. It’s still all good.

        • Anonymous

          exactly! Even the “traditional” restaurants that people are talking about is not real indian food. that is not the food my family in india eats everynight. they would die of a heart attack!. Even the “traditional” indian restaurants in the US are “Americanized” just like every other ethnic food out here. You gotta go to the real country if you want to call it traditional.

    • Anonymous

      If you think Indians in India and worldwide don’t eat beef, then you’ve fallen victim to stereotypes!

  • Craig

    It would be nice if they posted hours on their website. NoMa could use more places that stay open late.

  • Anonymous

    I just stopped by there…it was really good. Best part was that owners were taking feedback and making changes as customers brought stuff up. They seem really in tune with making people happy.

  • Anonymous

    This place looks awesome! I am really happy that we have it in the neighborhood…I have to stop by and try it!

  • Reality

    excited to try this spot!


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