Akbar in Columbia has closed and may reopen as a different Indian restaurant, according to some folks with reliable information.
Plus, no one answers the phone during the middle of dinner service. The Akbar on Snowden River Parkway was a little sibling to the Baltimore restaurant of the same name. It was a nice place, but there are so many great Indian restaurants in Columbia that I don't think we had eaten there in four or five years.
Does anyone know the plan for the space? Nichi Bei Kei also closed in the same shopping center, and they're aiming to reopen near the Columbia Mall. The Akbar folks still have their other restaurants. Does anyone know if someone will really re-open the Columbia space as an Indian restaurant.
Honestly, Indian kitchens have some tough competition. I can think of five other good Indian restaurants in Columbia -- House of India, Mango Grove, Royal Taj, Flavors of India, and Nepalese-Indian Curry & Kabob -- plus quick service Tandoor Grill on Johns Hopkins Road and the Polo Club opening soon in Fulton.
Click here for all the posts about Indian restaurants. What do you recommend on the local Indian scene? Any places? Any special dishes? Hat tip to my brother in neurology research.