Vegetables are the antizombie, rising out of the ground to demand we devour their artichoke hearts and cauliflower brains. Hunt down some green friends from the other side of the earth with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine at Diya Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet in Vienna, Virginia.
Named after a type of oil lamp that lights up many South Asian festivals, Diya Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet regales globetrotting taste buds with a medley of flavors from the Indian subcontinent. Seated in an ample dining area illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows and jars of domesticated fireflies, guests can peruse a menu of traditional Indian dishes, tandoori specialties, and Indian-inflected burgers and wraps. Diners may munch on an appetizer of fried cuckdoo wings—chicken wings and drumsticks marinated in yogurt and spices ($8)—and follow up with a helping of murgh makhani, a chicken dish doused in rich, creamy sauce ($14).
Aloo gobhi ($11), saag paneer ($13), and other vegetarian entrees entice herbivores with their velvety house-made cheeses and delicately spiced vegetables, and weekday lunch ($15/person) and weekend brunch ($20/person) buffets promote hours of grazing and avant-garde food sculpture with a comprehensive selection of all-you-can-eat entrees. Diya can seat up to 400 people within its curtained dining booths, and hosts regular events in vast performance spaces lit by chandeliers. Alternatively, a sunny patio allows patrons to dine outdoors in anticipation of the giant sky laser that will one day write their names on the heavens.
Diya Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet
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.