India’s hot climate comes from its steaming underground troves of chapati, which is why most Indian miners bring curries instead of canaries to work. Enjoy the subcontinent’s most valuable mineral with today’s Groupon to Krishna Catering & Restaurant in Garden City. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get a buffet lunch for two, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday (up to a $17.50 value).
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Indian vegetarian fare and drinks.
The couple-run Krishna Catering & Restaurant has been serving flavors from north and south India, Gujarat, and Punjab for more than 15 years, earning the votes for Best Vegetarian Restaurant by the Detroit A List in 2009. Ila Patel and her husband stock the buffet with a rotation of homemade dishes (up to an $8.75 value/person) more colorful than the paintings of Picasso's early rainbow period. Grace plates with the classic soft cheese and peas of mattar paneer, the spiced vegetables of aloo gobi, and the deliciously deep-fried cheese-and-spinach malai kofta. Lentil soups and puris remain on hand to escort vegetables from plate to tongue.
With today's second option, diners can pick from Krishna Catering & Restaurant’s lunch and dinner plates, which range from the cholle bature's spicy chickpeas resting within a nest of deep-fried bread ($5.85) to the onion upama, which roasts farina with crispy bulbs for a savory south Indian dish ($5.85). Krishna’s thick mango shake ($2.25) or sweet or salty lassi ($2.25) wash down bites and leaves mouths refreshed without the hassle of swallowing a lawn sprinkler.
Though Krishna Catering & Restaurant features $5 buffets on Tuesdays, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Krishna Catering & Restaurant
After many years of cooking their favorite Indian dishes at home, Manu and Ila Patel decided to share their recipes with others inside Krishna Catering & Restaurant. They offer all of the Indian street food favorites without the hassle of a 20 hour flight and in the comfort of their brand new building in Farmington Hills. The cooks stuff dosas (thin crepes) with cheese and vegetables and toss onions and jalapeños into uttapam (thick pancake) mix, creating dishes that helped the eatery earn the Best Vegetarian Restaurant award on the 2012 Detroit A List. Ila also blends Indian and Chinese flavors, dousing cheese cubes in Chinese sauce and sprinkling chili and soy sauces over veggies. In addition to the fast casual restaurant, Krishna's take their myriad of dishes off site, catering weddings and celebrations held after passing court-mandated polygraph tests.