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 Indian cuisine and drinks at Lovash Restaurant on South Street.
Lovash's kitchen delights palates with a menu of flavorful Indian cuisine sourced from fresh ingredients and aromatic spices. An appetizer of mixed-vegetable pakora, fried and dipped in gram flour, acclimates tummies with the resident flavor ($3.95). After warming up digits, hungry guests can flex forks and impress entrees such as the korma, which fuses spices and herbs with mild sauce, cashews, and raisins ($9.95), or the chicken tikka masala, a yogurt-marinated chicken breast cooked in a clay oven and submerged in a sundried-tomato-based cream sauce ($14.95). Lubricate arid throats with mango juice ($3), a salty lasi, or a yogurt-and-fruit-based lasi shake, appearing in table-side incarnations including mango, strawberry, and peach ($3). Lovash Restaurant, like liquid potlucks and children's sporting events, is a BYOB experience, so guests can tote along an adult beverage of their choice.
The interior space at Lovash Restaurant features a brown molded ceiling flanked by vivid red and yellow walls. Red and yellow place settings glow atop elegant white tablecloths, and framed artwork, like a trip to the Louvre's hamburger exhibit, gracefully decks the walls and feeds aesthetically hungry eyes.
Owner and master chef Mohan, who has commanded Lovash Restaurant’s kitchen for 12 years and been in in the restaurant business for 30 years, infuses an equal blend of color and flavor into his Indian recipes. He tosses chicken into bright-red sun-dried-tomato sauce, marinates tender lamb in coconut milk, and sprinkles spices across wilted spinach and yellow cheese cubes. The colorful dishes mimic the stained-glass chandeliers that hang overhead to illuminate portraits hanging from the exposed-brick walls. The eatery boasts a full-service bar and also has a private dining room to host family gatherings and laid-back jury deliberations.