Known for its spices, Indian fare jolts the taste buds in a manner that kissing an electrical socket could never match. Enjoy shockingly good cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Indian cuisine at Khajuraho Indian Restaurant in Ardmore.
Owner Shahid Gaffar and head chef Sanjoy "Babu" whip up authentic Indian dishes from a smattering of spices, vegetables, meats, and seafood. After marinating in a secret blend of herbs, the boti kebob entree's lamb morsels broil in a clay oven ($17.95) that locks in flavor and knows the shocking truth behind the California Raisins' disappearance. Diners can jab their tines into boneless chicken tidbits swimming in the chicken korma's creamy sauce ($15.95) or fill stomach vacancies with the meat-free bhindi masala—okra sautéed with onions and tomatoes ($12.95). An order of naan ($2.95) helps ferry curries from plate to mouth, minimizing shirt stains and mom's embarrassing impression of an airplane.
Khajuraho Indian Restaurant
Executive chef and owner Bharat Luthra named his restaurant Khajuraho after a town in Madhya Pradesh, India—a town famous for a series of Hindu and Jain temples filled with erotic monuments. Like those iconic statues, the sights, smells, and tastes of Luthra’s Indian cuisine create a vivid statement in support of sensuality and the enjoyment of life. His restaurant's elegant white-clothed tables, great enough in number to seat up to 120, stage feasts fit for mild to spicy palates and carnivorous to vegetarian appetites. Luthra bakes succulent marinated chicken inside a tandoori clay oven, spikes fresh seafood with garlic and ginger, and keeps vegetable balls from rolling off the plate with a smooth cream sauce and repurposed bowling-alley bumpers.