Lava restaurant and lounge at Innsbrook; Volunteers are needed at Glory to God Fellowship 

Tastemakers

Don't let the valet parking intimidate you. The recently opened Lava restaurant and lounge out at Innsbrook is approachable. "Approachable" is one of the buzz words co-owner Bobby Dervishian uses to describe his new restaurant. Dervishian was once a part owner of Patina Grill at Short Pump, known for its daring world cuisine. "We're doing an approachable world fusion menu," Dervishian says of Lava. "I'm trying be a little less creative than out at Patina. [Lava] is more about comfort foods." Don't get the wrong impression; the food at Lava is very interesting. The menu — with items such as seared tuna with soba noodles in an Asian drizzle, and the house-cured pork chops with pumpkin mash — speaks for itself. Housed in the former Expressions, Lava contains a dance floor, a raised bar area that seats 50, a dining area and the lounge. The lounge "seems to be everybody's favorite spot," Dervishiam says. "Everyone picks up their drinks and goes off into [that area]. We call it everything from the smoking room to the pimp lounge." Lava, as you might surmise from the name, has a fiery theme, with lava lamp columns and rich, warm colors. "It's still a cafe-style room with an open dining area," Dervishiam says, "but there's a few hiding places." Lava is open for lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Innsbrook. 273-9200. Tastemakers last minute Thanksgiving tip: help relieve gluttonous guilt through giving. Volunteers are needed to serve food to homeless and those home alone at Glory to God Fellowship at 123 W. Brookland Park Blvd. in North Side. Call

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