Cheap Eats 2008: Minerva Indian Cuisine
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Minerva Indian Cuisine - Chantilly
Address: 14513-B Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 703-378-7778
Neighborhood: Chantilly/Centreville/Clifton
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday thought Sunday noon to 10:30.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Paneer pakora, fried fritters of paneer cheese in a lightly spiced lentil coating; sambar, a tangy Tamil tamarind soup that accompanies dosas and other southern dishes; lakhnavi methi kheema, ground lamb in a sauce laced with fenugreek leaves; masala dosa
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

Why go: A dizzying parade of Indian cooking unspools at these large, banquet-hall-style dining rooms—from smoky tandoori meats from the north to southern dosas, all complexly spiced and served to Bollywood music videos on flat-panel TVs.

What to get: Paneer pakora, fried fritters of paneer cheese in a lightly spiced lentil coating; sambar, a tangy Tamil tamarind soup that accompanies dosas and other southern dishes; lakhnavi methi kheema, ground lamb in a sauce laced with fenugreek leaves; masala dosa, a rice crepe stuffed with curried potatoes; multilayer dosa, a folded version spiced with various chutneys.

Best for: Exploring a multifaceted cuisine that the word “curry” oversimplifies.

Insider tip: While many Indian lunch buffets round up the usual suspects, Minerva offers a wide variety of selections. There’s no better buffet in the region.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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