Even a regular Friday night feels like an occasion in this banquet hall of a restaurant done up with glittering chandeliers and plush chairs. And because many plates are offered as both starters and entrées, it’s possible to create a banquet-worthy feast. Eggplant caramelized down to a jam-like consistency is a good place to start, as is the sweet-tart sautéed pumpkin with mint. Follow those with mantu—ravioli-like dumplings filled with ground spiced meat and blanketed in tomato, yogurt, and mint—then add a few rounds of kebabs, whether spicy ground beef or juicy chicken thighs. And could anyone resist a dessert called “elephant ear”? Big, crisp rounds sprinkled with sugar and pistachio are a child’s sweet that’ll win over grownups, too.
Where you can get it: 5634 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; 703-820-7880
Also good: Aushak, a scallion-filled dumpling with yogurt, ground beef, and mint; ground-beef/noodle soup; quabili pilau, a toss of shredded carrots, lamb, sultana raisins, and rice; firnee, a pistachio-cornstarch pudding.