Clarendon Gets an Opium Den

OK, so Clarendon's not getting a real opium den, but the second location of Tandoori Nights, which will open Feb. 15 at 2800 Clarendon Blvd., will have a bar dubbed the Opium Den, where small plates of Indian street food and cocktails will be served.

The spin-off of the Gaithersburg Indian restaurant will feature contemporary Indian cooking. On the menu: potatoes stuffed with cheese and simmered with spices; grilled whole leg of lamb marinated in a garlic chili paste, ginger and spices; fish cooked Bombay style in a light tomato curry sauce served with tomatoes and onions; and for dessert, milk balls with cardamom served in rose-flavored sugar syrup, and rice pudding with nuts, saffron and dried fruits.

Owner Anil Miglani's wife, Shivani, will oversee the kitchen and is creating a signature cocktail list, including the Night's Margatini made with blue agave patron silver tequila, Cointreau, fresh lemon and lime, and the Mango-Rita made with gold tequila, triple sec and mangos.