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Monday, January 17, 2011

Diya Lounge, Vienna, VA

2070 Chainbridge Rd, 
Vienna VA
(703) 970-7500

At the intersection of Rte 123 and Old Chain Bridge in what is known as "the toilet bowl building" is a new restaurant called the Diya Lounge with a menu that we think can be described as nouveau Indian.  We got the feeling from the way the food tasted that this place was better known for its banquets.  This may be a nice way of saying that the food was less than impressive both in taste and presentation, and the ambiance was....  flatter than the naan.  There seems to have been several kitchens because the open kitchen in the dining room was empty with lights above it turned off and our food came from another kitchen, which was behind the dining room.  We went with our friends, and all ordered different items, so we were able to taste a variety of appetizers and entrees, none of which were flavorful or impressive.  Three ramekins with different sauces accompanied the meal, but all sauces were too sweet and did not add much personality to the meal.  Although the service was okay, the food took a while to be brought out.  All in all, it was a fun evening spent with friends, but not be a place to return for true Indian food or appealing atmosphere.

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