Anokha, a somewhat chic Indian restaurant across from Short Pump Town Center (Not in the mall).
Their lunch menu which is very reasonably priced comes with either soup or salad, naan bread, rice, side dish, main course, and a small dessert.
Started off with samosa appetizers (this is not part of the lunch special). It came with two decent size pieces of crispy goodness. The filling of potatoes, onions, peas, and lentils are very well seasoned.
A shot of what the inside looks like.
It also comes with 3 sauces, yogurt, tamarind, and mint chutney, all are very flavorful.
The soup (varies daily), lemon coconut soup, quite good actually. Tart from the lemon, creaming from the coconut milk and a little spicy that gets the back of your throat. It also has some poppy seeds and couple bay leafs.
For main course I ordered the tandoori platter. It comes with a variety of colorful vegetables, two pieces of nice size chicken, two pieces of pretty large shrimp. Vegetables were well seasoned, grilled tandoori style with some charred edges. Chicken is surprisingly tender and juicy even though they were white cuts of meat. Shrimp is cooked to perfection, still crunchy to the bite.
Side dish is red kidney beans in a spicy sauce (side dishes varies daily). This side dish is just okay, almost like a meatless chili with Indian spices.
Along with the main course comes several piece of naan bread. The bread is pretty fresh and you can ask for more at no charge.
The rice is your typical basmati rice, long grain cooked with some spices. You can also ask for more with no extra charge.
Dessert (varies daily), today they served mango pudding with mix fruit. It's a good way to end the meal.
Overall this is one of the best Indian restaurant in town. Chic interior, speedy service, cloth napkins and table cloth during lunch service. High quality meal for a reasonable price.
4015 Lauderdale Drive
Richmond VA 23233 Website: http://www.anokha.us/index.html (hate automatically playing music on the home page)