Cheap Eats 2009: Minerva Indian Cuisine - Chantilly
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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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: While these big dining rooms are impersonal, the cooking transports you to a cozy Indian home, where only an experienced hand could produce such excellent tandoor-cooked meats and complex curries.

What to get: Methu vada, deep-fried lentil doughnuts served with vegetable soup; rava (semolina) onion masala dosa, a lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes, peas, and corn; Chicken 65, neon-red bites of chicken tossed with fried curry leaves; lamb vindaloo, sweat-inducing curry with potatoes; lamb korma, creamy, coconut-rich curry perfumed with cardamom.

Best for: Big groups who like to share and who have similar tolerances for heat; a lunchtime feast—the midday buffets are the area’s most expansive.

Insider tip: Order an entrée as a “dinner” and you get two ramekins of soup, naan or rice, two vegetable sides, yogurt sauce, and dessert for only $2 more.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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