Much like mankind’s ability to cry during sunsets, Indian cuisine has been cultivated over thousands of years. Sample well-honed flavors with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get a seasonal Indian tasting menu for two at Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills (a $142 value). The prix fixe menu includes tasting portions of the following:
- Four appetizers
- Four entrees
- Two desserts<p>
Chefs at Bombay Palace populate comprehensive tasting menus with a rotating selection of classic, seasonal Indian cuisine. Like the color of Mother Nature’s nail polish, the exact lineup of dishes depends on the season, but diners can draw inspiration for a customized feast from the all-day menu. Kick off the gastronomic voyage with batter-fried cubes of fish pakora or a vegetable samosa, a pastry pouch toting seasoned potatoes and peas. An arsenal of traditional spices peppers the lamb pieces wading through saag gosht’s sea of creamy chopped spinach, whereas tomatoes, onions, and yogurt accompany barbecued chunks of chicken tikka masala. Spoonfuls of mango or pistachio kulfi ice cream melt over tongues like postage stamps made of butter. A collection of sculptures glow inside small, illuminated recesses that punctuate the dining room’s crisp, white walls and hover behind a fully stocked bar.
Glowing inlets dot the white walls of Bombay Palace, revealing bronze figurines overlooking the plates of fresh Indian cuisine below. It's no wonder Zagat called Bombay Palace "a 'tried-and-true' mainstay since 1985." Dishes emerge sizzling from the charcoal oven as visitors start their dining experience with appetizers like seasoned potatoes and peas wrapped in pastry dough or classic naan. Entree offerings include chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo prepared in a fiery vinegar-based sauce, and vegetable dishes featuring cauliflower, lentils, or eggplant. Visitors can wrap up meals with rice pudding or creamy gulab jamun.