3955 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
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
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Samosas; chicken tikka masala; Malbari chicken; lamb rogan josh; okra do pyaza; bharta (blackened eggplant); daal makhani; garlic naan.
Starters $3.95 to $10.95, main courses $9.95 to $20.95
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating
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.