Thrill your tongue with the tantalizing tastes of India with today's aromatic Groupon: $9 gets you $18 worth of Indian cuisine at Tun-du-ree, the food-trailer-turned-sit-down-restaurant of tandoor-cooked flavorificness. Tun-du-ree follows the Ayurvedic traditions of balancing herbs, vegetables, and meats in healthy and delicious combinations, creating a flavor harmony that will send your tongue into complex yogic poses.Order: “Hi, I’d like a venti non-fat, no foam, no water, six-pump extra hot chai tea latte, and make it quick.” Translation: Just because I’m changing a diaper while I place this order doesn’t mean I won’t punch you in the brain if you get it wrong.
Mayuri Indian Restaurant's servers dole out traditional Indian fare—including numerous vegetarian entrees—in a casual dining area with two flat-screen TVs. The menu includes regional specialties such as northern Indian paratha, or flatbread, and southern Indian dosa, or black-lentil crepes, as well as a smattering of Chinese fried-rice dishes. For large groups, chefs can tote sprawling catering spreads to on-location events or host up to 100 people at an onsite banquet hall.
Café Roti's Indian and Pakistani dishes slake tumultuous tummies with flavor-infused fare prepared in accordance with tradition. Café Roti's menu covers all corners of the flavor spectrum with a selection of tandoori treats and spice-covered dishes. Diners chowing down on the royal biryani ($13.95) will dip taste buds into a sensory whirlpool of spice and herb-coated basmati rice, mixed vegetables, and a choice of savory chicken, lamb, or shrimp. Oven aficionados can munch on the chicken tikka kabob, a bell pepper, onion, and marinated chicken meat stick ($11.99) baked in a tandoor oven to lock in the clay-oven flavors never achieved when cooking in a pottery kiln. A plethora of flavored naan breads, such as garlic ($2.95) and kashmiri naan ($3.95), accompany meals to keep spice-emboldened tongues from finally expressing their fierce feelings about gargling mouthwash. Tip back a glass of fruity mango lassi ($2.99) or draft beer ($2.99, 16 oz.) to wash down any last digestive digressions.
Cooking always came naturally to Sunita Chheda. When she wasn’t frolicking through the bustling avenues of Bombay with her seven brothers and sisters, Sunita was in the kitchen, learning the ins and outs of traditional Goan cooking from her mother. Today, Sunita brings her family’s time-honored recipes and her lifetime of Indian cooking experience to her own restaurant—Saffron Indian Cuisine.
Sunita’s kitchen is flooded with the aromas of ginger, coconut, and freshly ground herbs as she folds fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables into the traditional dishes lauded by reporters from the New Tampa Neighborhood News. The nimble chef simmers pans of creamy butter chicken and spicy goan fish curries before darting over to the clay oven to check on the baking naan. Sunita even offers a kids’ menu featuring youngster-friendly specialties such as french fries and invisible curry for invisible friends. Servers bring her still-steaming dishes out into the sunlit dining room, where a vivid mural of the Taj Mahal stretches across the wall.