A colorful Northern Indian place with a good lunch buffet.
Reviewed By David Dorsen
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006

Address: 9401 Lee Hwy., Suite 105, Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703-766-1111
Neighborhood: Fairfax
Cuisines: Indian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch daily 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner daily 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Samosas; pakoras; chat-papdi; whole tandoori chicken; tandoori lamb chops; vegetable curries; murgh shekhawat; shrimp malabaar; safed maas.
Price Details: Lunch buffet, $10.95 on weekdays, $12.95 on weekends.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Good for Groups

From January 2005 100 Very Best Restaurants

Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is one of the jewels of Rajasthan, a northern Indian province west of New Delhi. The restaurant's name did not come by chance; it is the original home of the manager and the chef. The decor includes rows of beads adorned with brilliantly colored birds and a contingent of elaborately dressed puppets.

If you're unfamiliar with Indian food, try one of the restaurant's buffet lunches. For $7.95 on weekdays and $9.95 on weekends you can sample a variety of meat and vegetarian curries as well as chicken roasted in the tandoor, rice dishes, appetizers, breads, and dessert.

Most of the appetizers are battered and deep-fried, including fish, chicken, and vegetable samosas and pakoras. Chat-papdi is a combination of flour chips, steamed potatoes, garbanzo beans, yogurt, mint, and tamarind sauce. Good main courses are the whole or half marinated tandoor chicken; the tandoori lamb chops; the unusual murgh shekhawat, chicken cooked with brown onion paste and tomatoes; shrimp malabaar, cooked with spiced coconut sauce; and safed maas, chunks of lamb with a mild, light, and creamy nut sauce. There are many vegetarian dishes and ten breads, including several stuffed with vegetables or lamb.

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