To master the secrets of Indian cooking takes a lifetime, but to taste the mystery takes only $15. At Veerasway Indian Restaurant, with a convenient 844 W. Randolph location and a la carte menu, those secrets are easy to discover. For just $15, today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of anything from crispy banana peppers to lamb rogan josh.
Much like the first European princes who, upon tasting Indian food for the first time, immediately ordered their soldiers to India to begin scouting the Himalayas for spice mine locations, the Yelpers are also ravenous about Veerasway, giving it 3.5 stars:
- "If you are looking for a great new place that you will go back to, try veerasway. Nan bread is great, Service is very relaxed and nice. I highly recomend the lamb rogan josh. Highly. The atmosphere is relaxed, Hip, and fun. Love this place. " - Ron K.
- "The bindi chaat fry: fried okra w/ cilantro appetizer was one of the tastiest dishes I've had, anywhere. The garlic naan is amazing." - Larisa O.
- "Get the fried okra and chickpea salad to start, and if you like tea, get the ginger tea! The entrees that I've had are the lentil dish, and a chickpea & kidney bean dish. Both dishes were spiced just right (at least, for me). The mushroom stuffed nan was definitely a winner. It's unpretentious and not too pricey...I'll definitely be back." - Mrs. F.
- The chicken tikka masala was also the best I've had, focused more on actual spices than the thick creamy stuff we're used to. The flavor was wonderful, and combined poetically with the palak paneer, which also was lighter and fresher than the typical version -- the spinach leaves were whole and actually still bright green, imagine that." - Anisha A
It is said that no two chef's dishes are exactly the same in Indian cuisine, an impressive feat in a culture with more than one billion people. The key is India's vast wealth of spices, which are combined in an endless array. The other main ingredient is India's secret society of chefs, who dedicate their lives - in every incarnation - to finding the secrets of those spices. They begin by trekking to the secret ashrams high up in the mountains, built by the sages of sage and ginger. There the would-be cooks learn the secrets of spices and traditional dishes.
Unfortunately for India, when the secret of its spices was revealed to the West, the fussy European royalty didn't react well. After his butler served him his first-ever baigan bharta (eggplant stewed in a piquant tomato and onion seed curry), King George III of England set the British East India Company to war with its French counterpart so that the British Empire could have unfettered access to naan bread and curries. The century-long Supper Wars would weaken the British Empire enough for the nascent United States to break away, enabling the Puritans to keep people from enjoying meals for another 100 years.
Liberated from the chains our pilgrim ancestors tied to our tongue piercings, Americans can now eat at Veerasway without the wait! You can try the dish that launched a thousand ships without being shot at by the Dutch, or having to climb some of the highest mountains in the world. Instead, you can relax in a dining room that blends rustic and modern with raw wood and raw steel, enjoying the fusion of traditional Indian food with American sensibilities (the Hot Bollywood Lollipops and chicken drumsticks marinated in serrano peepers and green papaya, served up with hot chile sauce and a cooling dill raita). Wash it down with an interesting mix of cocktails that carry on the theme of spice and rich flavor - for example, the Bengali tiger. This cocktail packs as much bite as its namesake, with spicy green cardamom, black cardamom and vanilla bean-infused vodka, tamarind-date puree, pineapple and spicy ghost peppers.
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