Curry Mantra

Fairfax

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In a Nutshell

Traditional curries, biryani rice dishes, and tandoori specialties at a restaurant with vivid Indian artwork

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Promotional value expires Mar 27, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must purchase a food item. Not valid for lunch buffet. Not valid for alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Indian Cuisine

The menu features tandoori bell peppers stuffed with housemade cheese, potatoes, and spices ($7), creamy curry with tilapia and coconut ($18), and goat vindaloo in a spicy red-chili-and-vinegar sauce ($18). In the near future, a new location—called Curry Mantra 2—will be opening at 1077 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia.

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You might momentarily forget your hunger when you step into Curry Mantra's striking, newly expanded dining room, where vivid Indian artwork speckles the warm orange and yellow walls. Your appetite is reawakened, however, when you peer into the large kitchen window and catch sight of juicy morsels of lamb, salmon, and chicken waiting to be cooked in tandoori ovens. When discussing his decision to install a kitchen window with a food critic Tom Sietsema from the Washington Post, owner Asad Sheikh explained, "I want my customers to see what's going on in the tandoor." He's proud of the work that goes on in his kitchen, which earned Curry Mantra a spot on Northern Virginia magazine's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, its Best of NoVa list in 2015, and Washingtonian Magazine's Best of Fairfax 2013. His chefs pull culinary inspiration from all four corners of India, folding lamb, chicken, and seafood into a wide variety of flavorful curries and fiery vindaloos. To craft their goat biryani rice dish, the chefs use a generations-old recipe passed down to Sheikh from his grandmother, peppering aromatic basmati rice and tender goat meat with saffron and nuts.

Silverware clinks against glass tabletops in the dining room, where diners sip on glasses of wine and creamy mango lassi. Come lunchtime, a buffet table will stretch across the room, lined with silver trays of freshly made dishes. On the weekends, the eatery hosts live music, as traditional flutists and drummers play classical Indian music and the theme from Three's Company upon request.

Customer Reviews

Delicious food, great service, lovely decor, live music -- what's not to love?
Brauna · January 8, 2017
The food is always very good and the service always attentive. It is a quiet restaurant even when it's busy, making it easy to talk with your dinner companions. Having the Groupon just makes it that much better.
RF T. · December 29, 2016
Very considerate service! Waiter was happy to tell me about the dishes and recommend how to eat a dish I hadn't had before.
Kelsey S. · December 22, 2016
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    Fairfax

    9984 Main Street

    Fairfax, VA 22031

    +17032188128

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