If you want to try a completely new dining experience, make a reservation at DC’s Hush Supper Club, an underground restaurant held in the home of a woman who will only be known as “Geeta.” Dining at Geeta’s home entails a vegetarian Indian feast as well as evening of storytelling, culinary education, and delightful company. Once you make a reservation you will be provided with her address and password, and after that your culinary adventure will begin.
Upon entrance, you will meet your dining partners, of which there can be a maximum of 12. The experience starts with an Indian-inspired cocktail, followed by an interesting and engaging introduction of India, Indian history, and Indian cuisine by your host Geeta. She will give you a chance to view and admire her spice dabba, a beautiful silver box with little compartments that are filled with different essential Indian spices. The spices serve as a preview of the delicious flavors that you will experience during your dinner.
Your meal opens with a serving of chaat, classic North Indian street food. A base of crispy fried crackers is topped with potatoes, yogurt, onions, coriander, chickpeas, different chutneys, and various spices. Geeta has created her own street food cart so you can make your own chaat and put as many or as few of the toppings in your bowl.
This appetizer is followed by a plethora of courses which include other Indian snacks, such as savory vegetable fritters, a curry soup, lentils, spicy potatoes, other vegetable dishes, flavored, rice, Indian breads, a sweet dish, and authentic Indian chai. The food, while maybe not the best Indian food available in town, is quite good, and certainly in abundance.
The meal is $95 and BYOB, and will last at least 5 hours, so it is better not to make any other plans that evening!