Sponsors Near You 1. Rangoli
24995 Riding Plaza South Riding, VA 20152
Rangoli in South Riding
- Rangoli is an Indian restaurant in South Riding, Virginia; offering classic Indian food along with some authentic specialties served in a refined setting by professionals who love what they do. Located in the upcoming Riding Plaza Mall, the family-friendly restaurant is perfect for sharing good food, choice wines and your stories.
Rangoli literally meaning colorful murals is a very enduring cultural practice wherein various patterns are illustrated at the threshold of Indian homes and is symbolic of warding of ill-luck and evil spirits. The art generally revered during festivals and auspicious occasions represents prosperity and happiness. In the same spirit "Rangoli" celebrates good Indian food and a great neighborhood.
Kumar Iyer, a professional in the Hospitality Industry for over fifteen years, is a Hotel Management & Catering Technology graduate from India. Having worked for over three years each in Bombay Bistro (Fairfax, VA) and T.G.I.Fridays (several locations in Northern Virginia) besides for two years with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines (Miami, FL) as an assistant F&B Manager, Kumar has wanted to own a restaurant of his own for a while. He took his time to learn the trade well and Rangoli is a true fruit of his labor. Right from the inception of the restaurant stage to the construction and to developing it into a full service eatery to operations, every inch in this restaurant has his touch.
While the front is ably led, the reins of the back of the house are with Chef Kannan Padmanabhan. Mr. Padmanabhan boasts of over thirty one years in the field having started his career as a waiter at the age of eighteen with Hotel Chola Sheraton in Chennai, India in 1976 Realizing his love for cooking he transferred himself behind the scene as a South Indian cook. Subsequently he worked at Hotels like the Atlantic andthe Taj Group of Hotels. At the oil Riggs in Bombay, Mr. Padmanabhan expanded his cooking skills by working in the Continental Kitchen. Later in 1989 he moved to Guam as the executive chef of the Indian kitchen with Onward Agana Beach Hotel. He moved to the DC metropolitan area with Bombay Tandoor in Vienna, and since has worked at the Hyatt Regency, Bukara and Capitol Hill Tandoor before resting his sails at Rangoli.
With such skilled and experienced management team, authentic and tasty food with gracious and warm service is a standard at Rangoli.
For the fourth year in a row, 'Rangoli' made it to the TOP 100 Best Bargains list by Washingtonian Magazine. June 2010 issue.
Best Indian Restaurant in Northern Virginia. This prestigious honor has been awarded to 'Rangoli' by Northern Virginia Magazine in the June 2010 issue, cover story - Best of NOVA.
'Rangoli' is in the TOP 50 BEST restaurants of Northern Virginia
(Northern Virginia Magazine - November 2009 issue)