Even the best climbers defer to the wisdom of local guides when climbing Mount Everest, as these Himalayan natives make daily pilgrimages to soothe their overspiced tongues in the summit’s snows. Dip your tongue into exotic flavors with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian and Pakistani cuisine at Aatish on the Hill.
A monsoon of piquant sauces floods the tables at Aatish on the Hill, where Indian and Pakistani cuisines converge in tandoori specialties, spicy biryani dishes, and succulent wok entrees. The restaurant’s authentic lunch and dinner menu hosts a Southeast Asian smorgasbord of charcoal-tinged meats broiled to perfection in a high-temperature clay oven. Marinated in yogurt, garlic, ginger, and spices, tandoori chicken entrees ($13.95) slide off the bone and pirouette across palates. Shahi biryani dishes make pillowy beds of basmati rice for combinations of vegetables, boneless chicken, and lamb ($11.95–$15.95), and the lamb karahi’s ($10.95–$14.95) fiery blend of spices wards off the tigers that sometimes pace the restaurant’s aisles. Patrons need not set sail on Columbian expeditions to discover a host of vegetarian options headlined by channa masala, a savory concoction of chickpeas cooked in fine spices and a special sauce ($7.95–$10.95). A milky Ganges of lassi ($2.95) and mango lassi ($3.50) will wash down the spices and cleanse palates for the next course.
Aatish On the Hill
As guests step past the pink silk curtains that hang in the entryway, the first thing they notice is the unmistakable aroma of charcoal. The source is the restaurant's clay tandoor, where chicken and fish cop grill flavoring that completes their yogurt, herb, and spice marinades. Like an all-in-one print/fax/clone-an-army machine, this clay oven can handle multiple tasks at once, as it also yields such fresh-baked breads as the potato-and-pea-stuffed aloo paratha. Diners feast on these dishes at tables covered in white linens in a dining room that stretches back to a full bar.