Our History

DefinitionOf Pappe:

  1. An affectionate term meaning ‘brother’ in Punjabi
  2. A neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Indian food in DC’s bustling 14th Street neighborhood
  3. Pappe, which means ‘brother’ in Punjabi, is an affectionate term we at Pappe to refer to one another.

Lovers of traditional Indian food, rejoice! We’re glad you found us. Welcome to Pappe, where we bring authentic dishes from our homeland to the heart of Washington DC. Indian cuisine is all about soul, and we are happy to share a bit of ours with the neighborhood.

At Pappe, the menu is focused primarily on north Indian cuisine with a few dishes from the south like Fish Chittinad, Allepey Fish Curry and Goan Crab Pav. Sanjay Mandhaiya (Executie chef), takes great pride in his cuisine. We use Seasonal produce, fresh meats and poultry. Our menu Changes according to the fresh available ingredients.

Pappe’s design is inspired by the vibrant markets of Delhi and Jaipur, where draped fabrics provide a colorful backdrop to a multitude of street food vendors. The space features photos from the partners’ recent visits to India, as well as hand painted murals from local artist John DeNapoli.