Spicy scents waft through the air to greet guests with the aromas and atmosphere of South Asia. The product of more than 25 years of South Asian?cuisine experience, Diya Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet's menu suffuses both meat and vegetarian dishes with potent herbs and spices. Tandoori ovens roast servings of salmon, jumbo shrimp, chicken, and lamb chop. Though fans of Indian cuisine can savor their old standbys, the restaurant has a few tricks up its sleeve as well?burgers tinge pub favorites with exotic spices, and ingredients take on even more flavor through Dumpukth?a technique of slow-roasting dishes over a fire in a tightly-sealed clay pot and seasoning food with specialized herbs and spices. The dining room's decor further strengthens the South Asian feel as bright colors embolden earth-toned walls and match the hues of ambitious side dishes vying for a starring role.
Fashioned after Jaipur, a gem of Rajasthan, Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine excites the senses with aromatic spice mixes prepared separately each day for each dish. Among an interior of authentic figurines in elaborate dress and strung beads baring images of vibrantly colored birds, they serve a menu of traditional dishes rooted in North Indian cuisines. That includes rich grilled lamb, chicken, and seafood, as well as complex curries and plenty of fresh vegetarian dishes. They welcome guests to pair such variety of tastes with flavorful beverages such as aam ki lassi, a whipped mango and yogurt drink.
After the success of Bombay Bistro’s first location in Rockville, Maryland, chef K.N. Vinod and partner Surfy Rahman opened the Fairfax eatery in 1995. Like their first restaurant, the new location continues to serve fine Indian cuisine in a setting complete with Indian artifacts and warm colors. Savory dishes such as tandoori salmon and lamb vindaloo have attracted guests such as Madeleine Albright and visiting ministers from India, while a daily buffet attracts rumbling bellies.
At Minerva Indian Cuisine, each chef tells the story of their hometown through their food. Because they each hail from different regions of India, they cover several culinary styles on a single menu. For example, a section of southern specialties highlights crepes?or dosa?stuffed with fillings such as spinach in masala sauce and chicken. A clay oven cooks the ever-popular tandoori chicken as well as kebabs and lamb chops while assorted kinds of naan arrive in baskets. Meat entrees include fish masala, mutton rogan josh, and chicken vindaloo, but if you want to sample several dishes, then your best option is the buffet. It hosts an impressive spread of sauces, appetizers, main plates, and desserts, and doesn't force you to make a decision, unlike graduating high school.