For hundreds of years after Columbus set sail for India and landed in America, Europeans mistakenly believed that the staples of Southeast Asian cuisine were hot dogs and apple pie. Set the record straight with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian fare and drinks at Biryani Mania in Concord.
Taste buds stage impromptu pillow fights on the beds of rice that serve as the basis for many of Biryani Mania’s Indian-inspired menu items, from chutney-packed biryani bowls to piquant curry dishes. Patrons can tame the Bengali tigers clawing at their stomachs’ insides with a zesty biryani bowl topped with vegetables, chicken, or lamb ($3.99). Thali combination platters call forth a monsoon of flavor with a pairing of two curries and a smorgasbord of sides that includes rice, dal, flatbread, and chutneys ($6.99). Chicken masala and curry dishes burst forth with a river of spicy sauce ($4.99), and the creamy Indian cheese curds of the matar paneer recall the rolling hills of Tamil Nadu ($3.99). Patrons can wash down the spice with a mango lassi ($2.50) or chai latte ($1.50).
Bridging the gap between fast food and healthful living, Biryani Mania whips up a speedy storm of authentic cuisine to accommodate all schedules and dietary needs. Those in a hurry can have their meal delivered or take it to go, though they might second-guess that decision after catching a waft of the exotic spices that pervade the restaurant’s warm ambiance, which is conveniently devoid of Barry Manilow impersonators.
2118 Willowpass Rd.
Concord, California 94520