Sharing yet another fabulous food adventure with you guys today. If you follow me on IG + watch my instastories, you’ve probably already seen my coverage on Choolaah…BUT just in case you missed it and don’t know what they’re all about, they’re a fabulous fine-casual Indian restaurant that just opened in Fairfax, VA’s Mosaic District.
I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much I loved this restaurant! I’m so beyond impressed with their entire operation. Their food is a-MA-zing, and their decor is unique, fun, and impeccably clean. Justin aka DCFoodPorn – did I mention that my friends are all really ridiculously good-looking – and I got to watch the chefs in action, and it was super cool. They made fresh naan and tandoori chicken right before our eyes!
See? The naan making process begins…
They stick the naan to the sides of the tandoori oven to cook ’em…
…and whip them out after a few minutes after they’re cooked to perfection.
A shot of their amazingly delish chicken cooking.
A slew of incredibly nomtastic bowls for your viewing pleasure! Choolaah has these awesome build-a-bowl BBQ meals that appeal to pretty much everyone. Whether you’re a vegetarian or whatevs, you’ll be more than satisfied with whatever grub you get here. I got a chicken tikka masala bowl with brown rice + wheat naan. The chicken and rice come separately with the curry on the side so you control how much or little you have.
The other curry options are as follow: chickpea masala, black lentil, yellow lentil or veggie masala. In addition to chicken, they offer 5 other proteins: lamb, salmon, paneer cheese, veggie croquette, and tofu + veggie.
Paneer cheese + veggies? Um, I think yes.
A shot of their samosa chaat. So. Freaking. Tasty! They’re topped with chickpea masala and drizzled with yogurt, sweet & tangy sauces with savory crispy noodles.
Mmm, why is lamb so good?
Now, in addition to these yummy bowls, Choolaah also sells different salads, lettuce wraps, naan wraps, and biryanis. I’ve tried both the chicken + veggie biryani, and they are ridiculous in the best way possible. I’m talking about a serious flavor explosion in your mouth! Trust me, you’ll be blown away. Andddd while you’re at it, get a mango lassi and choolaah chai. Both of them are straight up amazeballs. OH, and I almost forgot about dessert. I didn’t have a chance to try the kulfi, but their chocolate truffles are to DIE for! Rich, creamy morsels of goodness that’ll have you salivating for days on end.
One last thing before I leave y’all. Remember to take full advantage of their kickass sauce station. Like all their food here, their sauces pack serious flavor. I tried their mint yogurt sauce, their choolaah fire sauce, and their choolaah lava sauce and loved each and every one of them! A huge thanks to Choolaah for having me and the wonderful DCFoodporn. For more foodporn, click here.