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 $8, you get $16 worth of Indo-Pakistani lunch or dinner at Mustafa Restaurant.
Mustafa Restaurant's chefs infuse authentic Indo-Pakistani dishes with native herbs and spices to craft a gargantuan menu of subcontinental flavors. Among shuruwat starters, Gobi Manchuria ($6.99) disguises cauliflower florets in fried batter and manchurian sauce to trick child food critics into vegetable consumption. Juicy protein pairs with naan in the garlic chicken kebab baked in a clay tandoor ($5.99). Southern-Indian-inspired chettinads please vegetarians with a vegetable utappam pancake of lentils and rice ($5.99), as does the Northern Indian creamy butter-curry dal makhani ($3.99). Fish goa curry ($10.99) dips boneless fish in a sea of spices and coconut with the masterful skill of a dunk-tank operator.
Brilliant frosted chandeliers illuminate calm yellow walls draped in sanguine fabrics inside the spacious dining room. Buffet tables flood olfactories with alluring scents, inviting guests to mash their faces longingly against the protective barrier that separates the simmering fare from its admirers.
As an arm of the popular Mustafa Asian & Middle Eastern Grocery, Mustafa Restaurant plies patrons with deliciously authentic dishes of South Asian cuisine from all regions of the subcontinent. Siblings Syed Riyaz Siddiqui and Mohammed Fayaz charm visitors with an expansive bill of fare filled with nutty roasted basmati rice, tender hyderabadi chicken curry, and sweet, creamy Indian yogurt desserts. The menu takes visitors on a culinary journey of India and Pakistan, from the stir-fried noodle dishes that originate from Kolkata's Chinatown to the paper-thin dosas and gram flour donuts that grow from the trees of South India.
As guests savor the spices and fragrances of goan fish curry or fluffy, buttery naan, an elegant atmosphere envelops them. Beaded crimson cloth and sheer white curtains frame a room full of velvety pillows, embroidered wall decorations, and a buffet full of curries, basmati rice, and desserts.