Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Indian fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Rangoli, located in Chantilly, Virginia.
Colorful lamps dangle from the high ceilings of Rangoli's comfortable dining room, illuminating a varied menu of authentic Indian fare. Skilled chef Kannan Pad sprinkles his three decades of gastronomic flair upon starters including the vegetable samosa ($3.95) and chicken kathi rolls ($5.50), which segue finely into clay-oven entrees such as the salmon fillet seared with yogurt and spices ($14.95). Unlike warring amateur techno musicians, the mango chutney ($2) makes a great neighbor to a number of tasty menu tenants, including fresh naan ($1.95) and tandoori chicken ($11.95).
Friendly servers tend to each elegant, yet casual seat at Rangoli's, where comfortable booths line orange walls and white linens protect tables from getting lost during black-light parties. Though not including in today's Groupon, the restaurant also plays host to a full bar, loaded with wine and beer.
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 20152