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Cheap Eats 2012: Bollywood Bistro
Aam palak chaat salad. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published June 11, 2012
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Bollywood Bistro
Address: 3955 Chain Bridge Rd. , Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-273-0031
Neighborhood: Fairfax
Cuisines: Indian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2 and 5 to 10, Friday 11:30 to 2 and 5 to 10:30, Saturday Noon to 3 and 5 to 10:30, and Sunday Noon to 3 and 5 to 9:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Samosas; chicken tikka masala; Malbari chicken; lamb rogan josh; okra do pyaza; bharta (blackened eggplant); daal makhani; garlic naan.
Price Details: Starters $3.95 to $10.95, main courses $9.95 to $20.95
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

Blown-up images of bejeweled Bollywood stars gaze from the walls of this date-night-ready dining room. But we’re most seduced by the chili-stoked Indian cuisine.

Among the kitchen’s triumphs is the fabulous aam palak chaat, a toss of green mango, crisped spinach, tamarind, and crunchy chickpea nibs. Chicken curry is punched up with dusky red chilies. Tender masala-spiced cauliflower and smoky eggplant laced with ginger show respect for vegetables, and offbeat versions of naan add a note of fun—the cheddar variation is a bit like a cheese quesadilla and ideal for a toddler rebelling against tandoori chicken.

Also good: Creamy chicken Malabari; Punjabi goat asala; lamb shank vindaloo; twice-cooked black dal; carrot halwa.

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