Tandoor, the restaurant, not the oven, recently closed its doors in Georgetown and moved into the Fox Mill Shopping Center on John Milton Drive in Herndon.
Nan bread is just one of the delights at the award-winning restaurant.
Manglorian fish curry and chicken tikka makhanwala are two of owner Jack Katyal's favorite entrees.
"Indian food is becoming very popular. It's very healthy," Katyal said.
"We don't use any preservatives or MSG. The spices are good for the complexion," he added.
Katyal came to the Washington, D.C., area in 1965 and opened his first restaurant in 1970.
Tandoor opened in 1975 and enjoyed 25 years of success in Georgetown. Katyal claims he was one of the first people to bring Indian cuisine to the area.
"When I first came to the area, there were only two Indian restaurants. Now, there's more than 100," he said.
The restaurant won the Blue Ribbon Award from Washingtonian magazine for 10 years straight, from 1978 to 1988.
"It's a good neighborhood Indian restaurant," Katyal said.
Tandoor entertained ambassadors and major Indian movie stars during the early 1980s. American actor Alan Alda visited the restaurant a few times as well.
Katyal said he decided to come to Herndon because of its growing market.
"This corridor is expanding a lot. It's good to be here. People are very friendly."
Tandoor is in its ninth week at its Herndon location. The Georgetown location has closed its doors.
Katyal said that business is beginning to pick up in Herndon.
"Slowly, people are getting to know us. We're getting a lot of repeat business," he said.
Katyal lives with his wife and five children in Arlington.