After onions, spicy food is the leading cause of indifferent tears and hot potato romance. Devour zesty vegetable spawns with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale Indian fare at Bistro India, located in Oliver District.
Bistro India spices up an evening out with authentic Southern Indian concoctions, a fiery fusion menu, and the divine ambience found in its cozy, two-story home. Commence belly filling with masala dosa ($9.95), a classic rice and lentil crêpe brimming with spiced mashed potatoes and onions, or don a foil tiara before a plate of aachari jhinga ($16.95), king prawns marinated in tangy pickle sauce and served on skewers. South Indian diets nurture vegetarian leanings, and Bistro India deliciously complies with entrees such as Andhra chilli paneer ($12.95), a blend of Indian cottage cheese with red chilis and garlic in a tomato gravy sauce. The Telegana mutton curry ($17.95) harnesses the flavours of masala and tradition, and the fusion menu puts a subcontinental spin on upscale classics, such as the Bengal Tiger Steak ($22.95)—an Indian spiced, Alberta AAA New York 8 oz., perfect for appetites that require a large cage and decent sunlight for napping.
Surrounded by the bustle of the Oliver Square district, Bistro India sends tantalizing aromas of Southern Indian spices wafting out from inside its 100-year-old renovated edifice. Inside, Indian chefs whip up a variety of dishes unique to southern India's coastal region, infusing meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes with splashes of coconut milk, dashes of spicy byadgi chilies, and sprigs of curry leaves. Clay ovens bake tandoori dishes and a wide variety of flavourful naan breads, and chefs turn their attention to masalas, biryani rice, and dosa dishes. They demonstrate culinary creativity with a menu of fusion dishes, such as a tandoor-baked burger and a marinated rack of lamb.
Southern dishes pair with fine wines and specialty cocktails out in the chic dining room decorated with flowing orange tapestries, textured walls, and handsome wooden trim. An attentive serving staff bustles about the dining room, jotting down orders while taking care to note requests from diners who prefer milder spices or desire their food to be arranged in the shape of a happy face.