Although there are probably many Indian restaurants in Montgomery County that serve wonderful food, their numbers, at least in Gaithersburg are scant. A plausible reason for this scarcity is tough competition: Silver Spoon Kabobs is putting its competitors out of business.
From the outside Silver Spoon looks modest. It is located at 18530 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg and is part of a strip mall on a major road, thus being very easy to miss.
Upon entering Silver Spoon you will immediately notice the restaurant is clean and has a very homey feel to it. With a small staff and a quiet environment, the atmosphere was very relaxed.
The restaurant offers a buffet, but also a very good menu that contains a wide variety of cuisines such as Indian, Pakistani and Persian with some American choices as well. Whether you’re a parent with kids that are picky eaters or you’re in a group of friends with a couple that are not as adventurous, everyone should be able to find something they like here. While some of the common orders are Chicken Biryani, and Nehari (beef curry), the restaurant also offers a fish kabob which showcases marinated salmon chunks grilled on a skewer and served with rice and vegetables.
For our visit we ordered an appetizer of the vegetable and beef samosas, the Kabob Combo Number Five which includes lamb and ground beef kabobs served with rice and vegetables, and a plate for the lunch buffet which is served seven days a week from 10:30am-3:00pm. The samosas are certainly the best you can get within several square miles, and for $1.50 you get two. Not only are they aromatic, but their flaky, crispy crust was obviously fried for the right amount of time with the perfect amount of seasoning. The kabobs were great as well, and priced at $12.50 for a combo they’re very comparable in price and taste to others in the area. The best choice however was to get a plate and go up to the buffet. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t been to Silver Spoon yet because the restaurant offers many of its best dishes as buffet choices and it only costs $7.99. The standout dishes from the buffet were the Nehari, Goat Karahi, Chick Peas Curry, and Potato Cutlets. Furthermore, although it may not look like a traditional Indian dish, the fried chicken was excellent as well and definitely incorporated some serious flavor.
The service was relaxed but great. The food came out on time and the server was very kind and professional. The dishes that the meals were served on were unique because they looked more like dinnerware that you would find in someone’s home than generic restaurant plates. Silver Spoon is not a fine dining experience, but rather like being in the abode of a person who knows how to cook true Indian food. Although it has a small time feel, Silver Spoon enjoys catering to weddings, parties and local businesses and will take on jobs serving 50-500 people.
You can view the menu at silverspoonkabobs.com.
By Chris Hinkel