Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale Indian dinner fare and drinks at Lehja in the Short Pump Town Center.
Featured as one of the Best New Dining Spots of 2010 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Lehja lays out a bountiful menu of traditional Indian dishes, sprinkled with a dash of contemporary flair, paired with a well-appointed wine list. Ignite your taste buds with the Fire Cracker chicken tikka, slathered in a ghost chili marinade and painted with haunted mango kewra ($9), and then repel culinary vampires with an order of garlic naan ($4). Lehja teases tongues with a sampling of the gastronomic masterpieces from the 28 best Indian states, including aam-anardana ka gosht––succulent lamb morsels sautéed with pomegranate seeds, mango, and scallions ($19)––and the classic chicken tikka masala––roasted chicken-breast chunks snorkeling in a sea of creamy tomato sauce ($16). Lehja's meaty menu also includes a septuplet of dishes designed for herbivores and herbivoyeurs, such as the paneer-asparagus lababdaar—a dish accented by bell peppers and a coriander-seed tomato sauce ($16)—and the dal of the day––a regional stewed-lentil delicacy ($12).
Inspired by 1970s Southern California décor, Lehja's mod environs feature four distinct dining areas lavished in zebra-print rugs, candy-apple red walls swirling with golden designs, and dramatic chandeliers dripping with crystals. During balmy months, Lehja's outdoor patio glows from the heat of the naked-flame fire pit and the light of countless flashlight-wielding stars.
TripAdvisors rate Lehja Restaurant #1 out of 1,015 restaurants in Richmond and give it an average of five owl eyes. More than 15 Yelpers give it a four-star average and 76% of Urbanspooners recommend it: