House of Mandi, web site, 5515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 703-527-3333 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp | Trip Advisor]
Hey people, pull out those old lecture notes on duopoly theory, northern Virginia now has two Yemeni restaurants! This one is excellent too. I’ve only had one visit and two dishes, but I thought I should let you know about this one sooner rather than later. The lamb is quite good but the killer dish is the chicken biryani (which by the way I am not sure they always serve, so call ahead). Whatever you get, make sure you use the spicy and yogurt sauces properly. Other food which went by me looked very good too, and the menu had a wide variety of what seem to be very appealing Yemeni appetizers. Definitely recommended, and it has the potential to get better yet.
NoVa has a third, and the oldest Yemeni restaurant in the area: Al Jazera in the Build America Shopping Center on George Mason just south of Leesburg Pike in the Skyline area. It is on the hidden back side of the shopping center and can’t be seen from the street.