Naan & Beyond captivates visitors with an exotic yet accessible menu of tender meat and authentic spices that waft through the air and stoke appetites. The bright-red chicken tandoori headlines a menu focused on blending speed with quality, arriving to mouths with a side of the house’s mint chutney and a flavor that bursts from an overnight soak in a marinade. Not only do the chefs whip up plates of rice biryani, sweet gulab jamun, and other Southern Indian dishes, they also reconcile America's love affair with flatbread, its long-term relationship with the sandwich, and its crush on everything handheld. This is achieved with the naan and roti sandwiches, stuffed with marinated chicken tikka, shrimp tikka, or tandoori paneer tikka.
Chef Will Vivas was raised in a restaurant. His mother ran a small eatery out of their home in Venezuela, an experience that left him with a passion for culinary arts. At Recess Tapas Lounge, Chef Vivas flexes his cooking muscles and pays homage to his home country with a menu of Latin-inspired tapas dishes. He stuffs his own chorizo sausage and pairs it with double-fried green plantains, showcases pan-seared scallops on a platform of pesto risotto, and arranges chicken croquettes on small plates. When the kitchen grills cool off, a DJ heats up in the lounge with late-night tunes and games of vinyl frisbee. Patrons enjoy the food and good cheer amid the interior’s colorful lighting, from the blue backlit panels on the wall to the purple bar lights and rectangular deep-red fixtures that dangle from the ceiling.
As President Fezzibent famously advised, "If you don't attain a job title that rhymes with your name, change your name to rhyme with the job title you want." With today's Groupon to Chef Geoff's, $20 gets you $40 worth of juicy burgers, discount beers, and refined brunch and dinner at your choice of three locations: the original Chef Geoff's on New Mexico Avenue, the downtown location, and the location in Tysons Corner.