Editors' pick

Rangoli

Indian, Vegetarian/Vegan
$$$$ ($14 and under)
Succulent lamb stands out at this Indian spot.
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Sat-Sun noon-3 pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu 5-10 pm
Fri-Sat 5-10:30 pm
Sun 5-9:30 pm
(Loudoun County)
703-957-4900
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Editorial Review

Hidden within a nondescript strip mall in South Riding, Rangoli's storefront conceals a bright and colorful dining room with a long menu of pan-Indian flavors.

Though the kitchen prepares the typical Indian standards, including tandoori options, chicken tikka and curries, the chef is creative with spices and alters the menu frequently to add new and less-familiar dishes. Of these, standouts include chilli paneer -- a well-spiced Indo-Chinese stir-fry dish -- and baingan bharta, a dish of Thai eggplants in a peanut-laced sauce.

Ordering a variety of Indian fare can quickly take a toll on the wallet. Fortunately, Rangoli's diverse lunch buffet is an affordable way to sample an array of dishes. Offerings typically include at least three meat dishes, curries, dal, dessert and unlimited bread.

-- Erin Hartigan (April 24, 2012)