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Minerva Indian Cuisine - Herndon

2443-G1 Centreville Rd.
Herndon, VA 20171

703-793-3223

Neighborhood: Reston/Herndon

Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian

Opening Hours:
Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://www.minervacuisine.com/

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

Cheap Eats 2008: Minerva Indian Cuisine

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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