What You'll Get
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
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 19, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Not valid with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
At Rangoli, the chefs and staff take pride in making their guests feel special. Now at a new location with an upgraded kitchen, their menu features specialties like the kakori kebab with minced chicken grilled in a tandoori clay oven, American chop suey with fried noodles and sweet and sour veggies, alongside classics like their chicken tikka makhani, or butter chicken. After enjoying the savory and sometimes spicy foods, guests can wrap up their dinners with the falooda sundae ice cream to end on a sweet note.