Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back and covering your mouth with angry post-it notes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Indian fare at Rangoli, located in Chantilly.
A comfortable dining atmosphere sets the stage for Rangoli's varied menu of comforting, authentic Indian fare. Skilled chef Kannan Padmanabhan sprinkles his three decades of grizzled gastronomic flair upon dashing starters such as the vegetable samosa ($3.95) and chicken kathi rolls ($5.50), which segue finely into clay-oven entrees including the seared-with-yogurt tandoori salmon fillet ($14.95) and the fried soy-spiked chilly chicken ($12.95). Unlike warring amateur techno musicians, the mango chutney ($2) makes a great neighbor to a number of tasty menu tenants, including the naan ($1.95), and the dal makhani's black-lentil blend ($7.95) pairs well with the tandoori chicken ($11.95).
A litany of gracious, attentive servers tends to the elegant dining room inside Rangoli, with its bright orange walls bedecked with traditional artwork and pleasant lighting. An extensive parade of potables pleases anxious sippers, including red wines such as the RoseMont pinot noir ($7.49 glass, $28.99 bottle), whites such as the Saint M Riesling ($7.49 glass, $28.99 bottle), and a host of draft and bottled beers.
Rangoli is an “Editors’ Pick” for the Washington Post and was named Best Indian Food on Northern Virginia magazine's Best of NOVA 2010 list. Washingtonian gave the restaurant three out of four stars, and Zagat reviewed the restaurant. Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and more than 450 Facebookers are fans:
- Hidden within a nondescript strip mall in South Riding, the storefront conceals a bright and colorful dining room with a long menu of exciting flavors.Service is gracious and accommodating. – Erin Hartigan, Washington Post
- “Fresh, fragrant and flavorful” Indian food that comes with “white-tablecloth service” and reasonable tabs has put this South Riding strip-maller on foodies’ radars; a “huge” menu represents “all parts” of the subcontinent, though “custom requests are met without hesitation” by the “attentive” staff – Zagat
Kumar Iyer has spent years in the hospitality industry, managing restaurants aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and working the floor at local restaurants. He learned how to take care of people during these experiences, but more importantly, he codified what he thought made a great restaurant. When the time was right, he brought all of those ideas to his own culinary venture, Rangoli. From the laying of the bricks to the creation of the menu, Kumar made sure every element matched his lofty expectations.
Today, the Rangoli team serves up an eclectic array of Indian cuisine gathered from all over the continent. They prepare an exhaustive selection of curries, including lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka makhani. They also roast meat in traditional tandoori clay ovens, the blazing-hot vessels known for imparting their searing heat to lamb kebabs, whole chickens, and slightly smaller, more adorable clay ovens.
24995 Riding Plaza
Chantilly, Virginia 20152Get Directions