Though best used for soaking up spicy curries, naan pursues moonlighting careers as a part-time yoga mat and substitute eye mask. Chomp into a curry-covered favorite with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian fare and drinks at Bollywood Bistro in Fairfax.
Showcased in Washingtonian magazine's "Best of Fairfax" feature issue, Bollywood Bistro dishes out a menu of contemporary and traditional Indian delicacies, exotic wines, and imported suds. Patrons can halt a hunger ambush with an appetizer such as the assorted pakoras in cheese, onion, and vegetable flavors ($6.95) or the pan-fried and fennel-infused calamari ($5.95). An arsenal of vegetarian vittles ranges from the daal makhani, a blend of black lentils, double cream, and pureed tomatoes ($9.95), to the alu chole, an aromatic amalgamation of chickpeas, cocktail potatoes, and mango powder ($9.95). Instead of raiding the emergency jerky closet, protein cravers can sink chompers into the laal maas, a red-hot curried lamb ($14.95), and the classically creamy chicken tikka masala ($14.95). A kaleidoscope of naan noshes includes tomato cheese ($3.95), rosemary ($3.95), and garlic varieties ($3.50).
The Indian bistro bolsters a low-key, sophisticated atmosphere filled with the lively sounds of Bollywood music and the scents of aromatic spices. Lavished in black-and-white filmstrips of Indian stars and starlets, the restaurant's burnt orange walls provide a picturesque place to rest weary eyes and fulfill dreams of living inside a citrus fruit.
The movie stars on Bollywood Bistro's walls seem about to spring from their black-and-white film stills, perhaps to dance in time to the high-energy Indian music swelling in the background. The kitchen also bustles with activity as cooks prepare contemporary Indian dishes whose vibrant colors further transport diners onto the set of a lavish Bollywood movie. Tandoor ovens roast Atlantic salmon with mango salsa, and chefs sauté vegetarian entrees with seasonal, organic vegetables as they belt out choruses about their dramatic reversals of fortune. The kitchen crew then hands off freshly crafted dishes to servers who also pick up wines, specialty cocktails, and imported Indian beers from the bar.
3955 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030Get Directions