Street festivals are often held on the historic streets outside La Grotta on Main, mirroring the culinary festivities that take place daily inside the restaurant. In the kitchen, chefs deftly prepare house-made pastas and gourmet Mediterranean entrees suitable for both lunch and dinner. As meals unfold, waiters swing down from the dining room's white drapes to pour dozens of red and white wines, including a house sangiovese imported from Italy. La Grotta on Main's culinary wizards can also conjure up meals that accommodate special diets. A faux-stone finish wraps around the eatery's interior walls, where the flickering glow of a fireplace spills across decorative plants and white tablecloths. Outside, a pergola overhangs the outdoor patio as diners feast their hungry eyes on vibrant flora and gently poke nearby trees until they pass the salt.
Fishbone Bistro's menu punches taste bud passports for a trip to the Portuguese kitchen with seafood dishes and steaks prepared fresh with regional ingredients. During the five-course meal for two, pairs dive into a sea world of flavour with the fish brandade before moving onto the poached pear salad dressed in a 15-year aged balsamic that relieves diners from suffering through its terrible twos. A choice of locally raised butternut squash puree with maple crème fraiche or steamed PEI mussels in a Portuguese coconut piri piri broth set senses alight and break the news to hunger that it's time to find new bodies to loiter near. Main courses give duos options between land and sea with Black Angus flat iron steak or a cataplana of seafood—a savoury, vibrant stew that buoys senses with its flavour mélange of tomato, shrimp broth, and fresh coriander. Complete the five-course experience with dessert plates populated with warm apple cobbler, a hot coffee and ice-cream drink, and an almond-butter cookie. Though not included in this offer, guests may also opt for a curated wine pairing ($20/person) to accompany dishes and rouge lips for free.
An edibles institution since 1921, Shopsy's deals in delicious deli fare, with fresh cuts from Canada's finest meat trees. Try a Shopsy's sandwich ($6.99), topped with your choice of several homemade meats—such as salami, roasted turkey, or Shopsy's renowned corned beef—and served on fresh rye bread. Sandwichistas seeking further fulfillment can get a combo ($11.99) with a regular deli sandwich, Shopsy's crispy coleslaw, a dill pickle, and choice of potato salad, potato latke, or fries. Other bread-bookended bites accompanied by fries include the architecturally astounding triple-decker BLT ($10.99), a grilled-chicken-breast sandwich ($12.99), and the Bill Cosby ($12.99), a hot corned-beef-and-pastrami sandwich named for Shopsy's fan Bill Cosby, best remembered for his award-winning role in Ghost Dad. Shopsy's steps outside of breaded boundaries to offer comfort foods such as a cheesey baked lasagna ($13.99) and the house-specialty Cabbage Rolls Royce ($13.99). Breakfast and brunch are also available to tame rabid taste buds. Prices and menu items may vary at different locations.
Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken, founded in South Africa in 1987, brings Portugal's peri-peri flame-grilled chicken to the Vancouver area with only the bare minimum of laser lights and smoke-shrouded, two-way mirrors. Discovered by Portuguese explorers in Africa in the distant days of maritime exploration, peri-peri is a fiery chili pepper that adds a kick of capsaicin to any cuisine, clucker-related or not. Nando's fresh chicken breasts luxuriate in their peri-peri marinade for 24 hours, resulting in dishes with a slate of Scoville-scale-scorching spice levels—mild lemon and herb, medium, hot, and the daredevil-only extra hot. Step up to Nando's counter to order from the menu of sandwiches, pitas, wraps, salads, and peri-peri chicken. Enjoy a grilled-to-order peri-peri half-chicken with a side ($11.39) such as spiced rice or hearty coleslaw, or bite around basted bones with a dozen peri-peri chicken wings with a side ($9.99). Nando's also sports peri-peri chicken breast sandwiches or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), chicken or veggie whole wheat wraps with a side ($8.49–10.79), and veggie burgers or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), as well as salads and salad meals ($3.99–$9.99) for lovers of leaves of lettuce.
Mumbai Sapphire dazzles palates with a dinner and lunch buffet that rolls out more than 50 authentic Indian specialties. Diners can strategically circle the buffet line, intimidating it into plating each dish for them, before digging into the selection of piquant curry dishes in chicken, fish, and goat varieties. Fresh, hot naan bread is available to daub up the rich sauces that swaddle favourite traditional dishes such as the creamy butter chicken and tender chicken with vegetables. Fresh salads peppered with vegetables comprise options of a lighter variety and also serve as palate-cleansers when switching between food-shovellings of the rest of Mumbai Sapphire's cuisine. Though not covered by this Groupon, the a la carte menu also boasts clay-oven-baked meats, seafood, and vegetarian dishes.
Ambiyan lets diners pivot their palates off the beaten path, sampling a fragrant array of traditional and contemporary Indian fare. Both the in-house menu and carryout menu offer vibrant victuals to suit every variety of palate, unless that palate's favourite flavour is string theory. Start off your meal mélange with appetizers such as the vegetable samosas (dine-in $7; carryout $4.95), crispy golden pillows puffed up with potato and green pea stuffing. Like an ox-pulled rocket ship, dinner links old with new: try a traditional dish such as the butter chicken (dine-in $15; carryout $11.95), delicate poultry breast in a creamy tomato-infused sauce. Then, skip ahead to contemporary specialties such as seafood xacutti (dine-in $24; carryout $17.95), a net's worth of sea scallops, tiger prawns, and crab in a robust coconut curry. Hungry herbivores too will find much to masticate, such as the eggplant bharta, which dazzles palates with roasted eggplant floating on a zesty zephyr of green peas and ginger (dine-in $10; carryout $8.95).