In the Sanskrit epic, the Ramayana, the hero Rama defeats the demon-king Ravana by teaming up with Hanuman and eating strength-enhancing Popeye-brand curry. Magnify your own mouth with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of magically delicious Indian cuisine at Dancing Ganesha, a downtown restaurant with vegetarian-friendly fare and contemporary twists on classic Indian recipes.
Perch yourself atop an imaginary elephant and trample your appetite with Dancing Ganesha's spicy, gyrating menu. Start a meal with some vegetable samosas, a tricorner pastry filled with a potato-pea filling and distinctive spice mix ($4.99). For a fresh-fired experience, order the tandoori chicken, a half chicken marinated in sweet spices and roasted in the Tatooine-like heat of the Indian tandoor oven ($12.99). Try Dancing Ganesha's creamy butter chicken ($13.99), or branch out and try a spicy curried specialty such as the shrimp vindaloo (shrimp in a hot, tangy vindaloo sauce, $15.99). For a mild, creamy dish, opt for lamb nilgiri, with slow-cooked lamb in a mild coconut curry, or try one of the many vegetarian entrees, like the Aloo Gobi masala (cauliflower and potatoes cooked with ginger, tomatoes, and a distinctive herb blend, $10.99). No Indian dinner would be complete without a cup of sweet masala chai tea ($2.99) and an order of sauce-soppable flatbread, such as their garlic naan ($2.99), to round out a meal.
Dancing Ganesha's modern interior and bright, vibrant setting complement its contemporary Indian cuisine well, allowing diners to sate their visual palates while quenching thirsts and utterly demolishing hunger. Take a special someone out for an evening or escape from the pressures of society to an exotic locale with today's deal.
Dancing Ganesha was featured by Mpls St Paul magazine, Minnesota Monthly, and the Tasting the Twin Cities blog. Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average, and it received an OpenTable Diners' Choice award, with four-star average ratings:
- The lamb vindaloo is certainly the best in Minnesota – Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly
- The food was absolutely delicious – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 06/20/2010
- The food was quite good and the service was friendly and attentive. One of the better Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities. Aaron S., Yelp
At Dancing Ganesha, a comfortable, modern atmosphere and breeze patio complement a varied menu of traditional Indian cuisine, including tandoori chicken and paper-thin dosa crêpes. Exotically spiced plates, such as lamb vindaloo and saag paneer, arrive at polished wooden tables, which are illuminated by the restaurant's elegant built-in ceiling lights and elephants holding candles with their trunks. Dancing Ganesha also holds its “karma” happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, during which diners can order $5 appetizers, $2 tap drinks, and half off anything else at the bar.