24995 Riding Plaza, Suite 120
Chantilly, VA 20152
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30, Saturday and Sunday noon to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30, Sunday 5 to 9:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Medhu vada; palak paneer; aloo gobhi; chicken chettinad; dosas with spicy potatoes; chaat papri; kati rolls; fruit jalebi.
Starters, $3.95 to $7.95; entrees, $9.95 to $14.95.
Why go: This strip-mall gem is decked out with beaded lanterns and curved booths. Dapper owner Kumar Iyer works the room, which is usually full of loyal Loudoun County customers who come for vivid Indian cooking that’s as refined as the setting.
What to get: Vada pav, a small, chili-flecked potato patty served on a bun, Bombay’s answer to the slider; chicken chettinad with scorching peppercorns; black-lentil stew with ginger and garlic; a beautifully thin masala dosa; hunks of chicken in a tomato-and-butter sauce.
Best for: A romantic date on the cheap—this feels far more luxurious than it costs.
Insider tip: There’s free delivery within a five-mile radius.
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