As a culinary palindrome, naan tastes the same backward as it does forward, like the bananab or a Toyota. Take a bite in every direction with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of South Indian cuisine and drinks at India Kitchen.
The chefs at India Kitchen prep, flash, and serve meaty and meat-free dishes arranged on a comprehensive, Chettinad-inspired menu. The distinctive flavors from southern India emanate from a mélange of spices including anise, fennel, fenugreek, kalpasi, bay leaves, and forgotten members of 1990s girl groups. Start the savory sojourn with the medhu vada, crisp, deep-fried white lentil, black pepper, and ginger patties ($5), or the chicken lollipops, deep-fried chicken wings sprinkled with curry sauce ($8 for five pieces). Then take a tongue voyage across the peppercorn, curry, and chopped onions speckling the tender, marinated cuts known as mutton sukka varuval ($14). The vegetable biriyani, served atop basmati rice and mixed vegetables ($11), stimulates the senses with aromatic spices that segue seamlessly into the rasa malai, cheese orbs dipped in thick milk and adorned with chopped pistachios ($4 for two pieces).
For a quick bite or a prolonged political standoff, India Kitchen enables diners to embrace the complexity of dishes that let the spices do the talking. Most dishes hinge heavily upon rice or rice-based foundations, both of which transform each whimsically constructed forkful into an exercise of culinary creation and proportional innovation.
Abhiruchi India Cuisine
The aromas of South Asian spices lure passersby into Abhiruchi India Cuisine, where they typically pause for a moment to savor the décor and read the descriptions of more than 100 Indian specialties. Halal and vegetarian options are both well represented on the lengthy menu, which features spicy curries and tandoori-baked entrees based on chicken, seafood, and lamb or goat. When they aren’t scooping tikka masala into trays for the lunch buffet or pilfering Marco Polo’s travelogues for new recipes, the restaurant’s chefs accommodate partygoers with catering services.