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Longtime D.C. Restauranteur Serves Food, And Presidents

In Washington D.C., one of the places to find movers and shakers is The Bombay Club, a block from the White House. For nearly 30 years at The Bombay Club, turbaned waiters with white gloves have been serving refined Indian dishes to presidents, as well as tourists, long before Indian food became popular in the U.S.

The owner is Ashok Bajaj. His dining empire includes seven other restaurants in the D.C. area, many serving the cuisine he grew up with in New Delhi. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti checks in with him about what makes a great restaurant, and how culinary tastes and the restaurant scene have evolved in the nation’s capital.


  • Ashok Bajaj, founder of Knightsbridge Management in Washington, D.C., which includes seven restaurants: The Bombay Club, 701 Restaurant, The Oval Room, Ardeo+Bardeo, Rasika, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, Rasika West End and nopa Kitchen+Bar.

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