Mango chutney cools the spicy heat of Indian curry, much like a swimming pool relieves summertime warmth or gravy soothes sunburns. Savor spices and chilling chutneys with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of Indian fare at India Restaurant.
India Restaurant's dinner and lighter lunch menus orbit around a health-conscious ideal, putting a new spin on traditional Indian eats. Carnivorous choppers sink into a mélange of meat-based dishes, such as the chicken biryani, chicken and rice marinated in a blend of curds and spices ($13.95), or the partner-sized portion of lamb-chop kebabs ($19.95). Reminisce about former careers as clipper ship captains with fish-centric dishes, including salmon masala simmered in a tomato-based sauce piqued with fenugreek herbs ($15.95). Grilled eggplant curry ($12.95), grilled paneer ($8.95), and aloo gobhi, curried cauliflower sautéed with ginger, cumin and cilantro ($12.95), satisfy plant-friendly palates with panache. Reward industrious jaws with a relaxing elixir from the restaurant's expansive drink menu, such as the Nirvana martini, stripped of its week-old plaid shirt and spiked with fresh ginger-infused vodka.
With a serene seating selection of courtyards, patios, and curtained tables, India Restaurant beckons both couples and groups. Sitting atop fireplace mantles, candles cast a golden glow that accents the interior’s dark wood bar. Outdoor eaters dine amidst lush greenery and wrought iron tables on the front patio, where the restaurant welcomes man’s best friend with leash-holding pegs and squeaky toys made from fresh paneer.
India Restaurant's chefs modify iconic South Asian staples to eliminate excess fat, cholesterol, and calories while still ensuring that the dishes are delicious enough to win various accolades. The chefs craft each authentic dish with locally sourced seafood and produce, and they avoid frying any dish, eschew butter entirely, and only cook with canola oil. Yet their nacho-like papri chaat appetizer has been called "truly addictive" by the Providence Phoenix, which also called the restaurant’s biryani “a veritable feast for the senses.” To make their cuisine even more inclusive, the chefs prepare an array of vegan-friendly and gluten-free dishes.
The decor strives to be similarly accommodating, presenting diners with numerous seating options, each with a distinctive ambience. A projection screen playing subtitled Bollywood films dominates the main dining area, smaller tables surround each of the three roaring fireplaces, and more than 200 flickering candles line the bar area. During the warmer months, the garden courtyard tempts patrons with its swings for seats, lush gardens, and bubbling water fountains. The sidewalk seating allows guests to dine alongside their dogs and pet lobsters; a doggie menu offers hamburger-and-rice dishes and yogurt pops for canine companions.
Traditional belly dancers drift throughout the space on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the restaurant's global jazz ensemble entertains diners with its contemporary melodic stylings.