Casually dropping knowledge of foreign cuisine is a way to impress cocktail-party guests without reciting the Declaration of Independence backward or balancing a wine glass on your nose. Pepper your conversations with delectable data with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Uzbek fare and drinks at Diora Restaurant in Buffalo Grove.
Diora Restaurant's Uzbek chef transports diners to the Great Silk Road with a menu seasoned with the spices, rich flavors, and culinary history of Uzbekistan. Sample five kinds of kebab grilled over an open fire, such as the ground shish kebab ($9.98) or the savory fish kebab ($9.98). Steamed manti, two pillowy dumplings stuffed with lamb or beef ($7.99), float swiftly from mouth to plate like jittery clouds, and chefs fry tabaka chicken on hot black stones before dousing the juicy poultry in a tomato-herb sauce ($9.98). Diora Restaurant lavishes its dining room with red carpets, white tablecloths, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors ideal for subtly checking out the back of a date's head.