Locally Owned Indian Restaurant Comes to Chapel Hill

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Lime & Lemon opened its largest location yet in Meadowmont Village

By Hannah Lee

What’s in a name? A lot, it turns out. In the case of Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar – the budding brand of local Indian restaurants, which just opened its third location in Meadowmont Village – that’s especially true. Think about it for a second: Limes and lemons, while siblings from the same citrus family, have very unique colors and tastes and uses. For all they have in common, ultimately, they’re not identical.

The same goes for Indian cuisine. Despite being so geographically close, the country’s northern and southern regions have their own distinct style, spices and flavors. So although Lime & Lemon owners Ravi Jeyaraman and Mayil Rajendran all originally hail from southern India – think dosa and parotta as traditional dishes – they also understood that their childhood favorites aren’t all-encompassing in terms of Indian fare. (Northern Indian fare focuses more on naan and samosas.) That’s why when they opened their first location in Durham in 2019, they chose a name that matched the duality of their menu.

Lime & Lemon is bright and cheerful, accentuated by lime- and lemon-colored high-back chairs and booths. Photo by John Michael Simpson

The result today? Three restaurants, including one in Raleigh, that showcase the best of both northern and southern Indian cuisine – and in the case of Lime & Lemon’s new Chapel Hill location, doing so in an unparalleled facility.

“[The Chapel Hill location] is officially [the] Triangle’s largest Indian restaurant,” Ravi says, “with the capability to seat 200-plus guests and a full-service bar.”

The entrance is just as significant as the size, with a 400-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar. Meaning: The owners are just as extensive in their cocktail program as they are with their dining menu. We recommend the red hot margarita and the mango-lime chicken – the restaurant’s No. 1 dish. It’s so good that they even added a vegetarian version.

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