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“Wonderful Food, but...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Curry Mantra

Curry Mantra
9984 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 218-8128
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Ranked #51 of 360 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Chain bridge, Rt 50
Transit: Vienna Metro
Description: Experience our MANTRA (MAGIC) of making CURRIES. Enjoy Curries with Classic & Traditional decor. The Best of Fairfax.
Northern VA
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We have eaten at Curry Mantra several times and the food is always terrific. The service and atmosphere can be lacking. For example, it is always crowded, but they cram everyone into the main dining room and do not open the second...at least when we visit.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent live music and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

They now have Indian live music on Fridays and Saturdays, awesome for setting the ambiance. The food is amazing - must try samosas and chicken tikka masala. The decor is beautiful in the new expanded part of the restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Falls Church, Virginia
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170 reviews 170 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Surprise in Fairfax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

We happened to find this gem looking for something else, since we were hungry we decided to give it a try. There are a lot of Indian buffets in the area and they are usually good but this was exceptional. Everything was fresh and well seasoned. The goat was amazing as was the chicken masala. The staff were attentive and very friendly and the service was excellent. The iced tea was made with cardamom which was really good. We want to return for dinner and will soon.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, VA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Unique Indian dishes in a strip mall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

My new favorite local Indian restaurant. Menu offerings that are not the typical but all were delicious. The tilapia on the banana leaf was particularly good. Also the lamb with pistachio sauce. Enjoyed the live sitar/drum duo during dinner -- soothing but not intrusive. Will definitely re-visit this location although their new location in Falls Church is also supposed to be excellent - and with a different menu!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manassas, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

One look at the strip that Curry Mantra inhabits, and you begin to make assumptions. Saying that it has humble exterior aesthetics is putting it lightly. I ventured inside with my girlfriend on a Friday evening, and was pleasantly surprised by the warm and inviting atmosphere the restaurant had. The live music was phenomenal as well; I was incredibly impressed. Now, time to get down to the meat of the review: the food and service.

The service was perfect. Our water was always refilled by a funny server who always gave us smiles with his witty remarks. All of the other staff was respectful and pleasant as well, including the host, who had a personality of her own. I have no complaints about the service.

The food was largely impressive, with some bumps. The bhelpuri appetizer was pretty good; light and refreshing. The naan was good with nothing extraordinary to report. My saag paneer was excellent... but I wish there was more paneer pieces. There were only about 4 in the entire bowl that I was given, which left me wanting a little more. The malai kofta had a good sauce, but the cheese balls had a strange texture to go with it. It was interesting, but wasn't amazing by any means.

Overall, our experience was wonderful, and we cannot wait to go back again in the future.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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