Family-owned restaurants often provide many of the comforts of eating at home, such as a cozy atmosphere and the option to duck under the table when the doorbell rings. Dine at a home away from home with today’s Groupon: For $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Indian cuisine at The Indian Garden. This Groupon is valid for The Indian Garden's lunch buffet, a la carte dinner menu, and for carryout.
Helmed by Arun and Anu Sharma, The Indian Garden’s culinary artisans design an extensive menu boasting rich aromas and authentic flavors. Appetizers such as the aloo tikka’s potato cutlets doused in deep-fried breadcrumbs ($3.95) provide shareable sustenance for dining pairs or patrons with two heads. The chicken tikka ($14.95) makes for a subtly spiced, oven-roasted meal, and vegetarians can corner the tandoori sabzi, a blend of fresh veggies marinated in spices and baked in a clay oven ($14.95). Garlic-infused khurmi naan ($3.95) works as an appetizer, side dish, or pocketable snack to take on hours-long elevator rides.
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The Indian Garden
Bustling chefs and a 600-degree tandoor oven fill The Indian Garden's kitchen, shaping meat-laden and vegetarian entrees made from traditional Indian recipes. Chicken marinated in spiced yogurt, minced lamb, and king-size shrimp make their way into a tandoor oven for a roasting, and more than a dozen breads help sop up entrees’ zesty juices. Lobster, crab, and veggies arrive at tables blanketed in curry, as diners converse or take in views of the expansive murals that depict scenes of Arcadian villages or the first-ever game of Marco Polo. The Indian Garden recently was recommended in the Michelin Guide Chicago 2013 and 2014.
The restaurant's culinary success prompted its proprietors to open Mantra by Indian Garden in April 2014. Located in the heart of Schiller Park, Mantra's menu boasts colorful selections of indulgent curries seasoned with an intoxicating array of authentic spices. On breezy spring evenings, guests dine amid the peaceful solace of the garden patio or the liveliness of star-lit terrace. Those looking to entertain larger gatherings can tap Mantra's chefs to professionally staff private events, parties, and weddings.