Bollywood Bistro

3955 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030


Neighborhood: Fairfax

Cuisines: Indian

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10:30, Saturday Noon to 3 and 5 to 10:30, and Sunday Noon to 3 and 5 to 9:30.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Samosas; chicken tikka masala; Malbari chicken; lamb rogan josh; okra do pyaza; bharta (blackened eggplant); daal makhani; garlic naan.

Price Details:
Starters $3.95 to $10.95, main courses $9.95 to $20.95

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating

Cheap Eats 2012: Bollywood Bistro

Cheap Eats 2012

Blown-up images of bejeweled Bollywood stars gaze from the walls of this date-night-ready dining room. But we’re most seduced by the chili-stoked Indian cuisine.

Among the kitchen’s triumphs is the fabulous aam palak chaat, a toss of green mango, crisped spinach, tamarind, and crunchy chickpea nibs. Chicken curry is punched up with dusky red chilies. Tender masala-spiced cauliflower and smoky eggplant laced with ginger show respect for vegetables, and offbeat versions of naan add a note of fun—the cheddar variation is a bit like a cheese quesadilla and ideal for a toddler rebelling against tandoori chicken.

Also good: Creamy chicken Malabari; Punjabi goat asala; lamb shank vindaloo; twice-cooked black dal; carrot halwa.