It may take a lifetime to master the art of Indian cuisine, but tasting the ingenious creations of the subcontinent takes significantly less than a lifetime. Today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of Indian cuisine for $15 at Diva Bistro in Davis Square, Somerville. Diva Bistro serves South Indian dishes, clay-oven–roasted North Indian meats, and special regional dishes from Bangalore, Madras, and the shores of Bombay. Two Groupons can be used for tables of four or more, so use this as your chance to finally familiarize yourself and three hesitant strangers with the diverse tastes of the world's most curryful and gracious cuisine.
The menu of vegetarian, seafood, and perfectly prepared meaty fare has classic Indian favorites and plates with creative twists. Tandoori chicken ($18.95 for a full order), lamb tikka masala ($15.95), beef curry ($12.95), and saag paneer ($13.95) superbly showcase traditional flavors. The Boston Globe recommends the lamb vindaloo ($14.95) for its "edge of vinegar and its bite of chili-laden tomato sauce." Choose from eight specialty tandooris, more than ten vegetarian plates, six biryanis, or Bombay fare such as masala dosa (a crêpe stuffed with potatoes and onions, $11.95). Diva also serves freshly baked Indian breads and desserts including rasmalai ($3.95), homemade cheese patties cooked in a special condensed milk with pistachio nuts and rosewater.
Diva's dining room is a chic place to diversify your palate. Its bold hues, high ceilings, cloth-draped hanging lights, and rich wood trim allow feuding friends and family to make up or write poems. A prominent, curved bar serves non-alcoholic beverages and ice-cream desserts that complement the main dishes' spice.
Groupon not valid with any other special offers, include the lunch buffet.
- Minted scallops, nestled in a golden sauce, gently show off spices, the ginger, mint, and saffron teasing the palate…Barara lamb are chops that have been marinated and then barbecued. Served with thick, soft naan that has been baked on the sides of the tandoor oven, the lamb is moist and succulent. – Alison Arnett, Boston Globe