If your family is anything like mine, you love to eat out.  Eating out was one of those things we gave up when my husband Doug was unemployed.  I was thrilled when the lovely people at Rockville Restaurant Week asked me to try a restaurant and write about it.  One of my secret dreams has always been to be a food critic, so why not try my hand at it?


On Thursday night, after Doug’s first day of work and a very long seven weeks, I took him to Spice Xing in downtown Rockville to celebrate. Indian is one of our favorite cuisines and we have been to Spice Xing many, many times.  It was a gorgeous night out, and we were thrilled to be able to sit outside.  We both started with a mojito, which has become our summer 2011 drink of choice.  While not a traditional Indian drink, they added some lychee juice which gave it some Indian flare.

We shared Pao Bhaji as an appetizer, and they reminded me of Chinese egg rolls with an Indian spice to them.  For entrees, we ordered Balchao Shrimp, a spicy shrimp dish, and Chana Masal, a chickpea curry. We have been to Spice Xing many times and their food never disappoints.  I love things that are really spicy, and my husband likes things with a bit less kick, so it’s great that you can order things to your individual taste.  We also got an order of Naan and Roti, and the bread was perfectly cooked in the Tandoori oven and wonderful for soaking up the sauce that both dishes were in.

While we didn’t bring our son Michael, Spice Xing does offer a kids’ menu. It’s a good place for either a date night or family dining. I highly recommend it.

Restaurant: Spice Xing
Cuisine: Indian
Address: 100-B Gibbs Street
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 610-0303
Bottom line:  “We have been to Spice Xing many times and their food never disappoints.”

Rockville Restaurant Week runs from September 10-18, 2011 and features special prix-fixe menus, priced at either $8 lunch/$15 for dinner or $15 lunch/$30 dinner.  Spice Xing is not the only Rockville Restaurant Week restaurant.  Rockville Restaurant Week’s website features a list of participating restaurants.

I was provided with a $25 gift card to facilitate my review of a participating restaurant. The rest of our dinner was personally paid for by me. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any way for this review.
photo credit: Spice Xing
Jodi blogs at Jodifur about life, motherhood, working, and shoes. Mostly shoes.