Due to their tendency to rain from the sky every time India invents a new color, marigolds have long been a symbol of celebration and festivity in Indian culture. Today’s deal gives you just as good a reason to celebrate: for $20, you get $45 worth of flavorful Indian cuisine and drinks at Marigold Restaurant. This Uptown restaurant has won Best New Restaurant and garnered praise from a variety of press, blogs, and the gabby wishing well on Foster.
Marigold’s menu mixes up traditional curries such as malai kofta ($13.75) and lamb vindaloo ($16.75) with creative signature dishes such as Marigold special vegetarian thali (chana masala, mango powder, paprika-spiced corn bhuta, and roasted achaari eggplant, $16.95) and kanlonji chicken (marinated in tangy turmeric yogurt sauce and grilled, then served on a bed of toasted almond and raisin rice pulao, $18.95). A safe pick is always the thali platter ($22), which treats you to three curries or sides of your choice. For lighter lunch fare, try a chicken tikka “naanwich” with papadum chips ($7.95).
Marigold offers a decent selection of wines and beers, but your eyes will inevitably drift to its specialty cocktails. The spiked mango lassi (cardamom-infused vodka, Prosecco sparkling wine, and mango nectar, $8.95) will have you feel as warm and mellow as Marigold’s glowing, jewel-toned ambience. If your brain starts to feel like drizzled honey, wake yourself up with a chaser of Mumbai Mary (Absolut Peppar and Citron, spicy bloody Mary mix, and Marigold’s house masala-chili sauce with a garam-masala rim, $8.95).
Bring along five people to form an official quorum, and combine two Groupons for $90 worth of savory subcontinental fare.
Groupon not valid for New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day.
Marigold won Time Out ’s Reader’s Choice award for Best New Restaurant in 2007. The restaurant has also received favorable press from Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Reader:
- This upscale Indian restaurant just up the block from the Green Mill is a stunner, a low-lit, jewel-toned space with impressive cuisine. The vegetarian dahi kebab salad was equally eye-opening: pristine microgreens paired with a warm, peppercorn-encrusted yogurt cheese in a garlicky orange-coriander vinaigrette and garnished with pistachio bits and slices of lush fig. – Kate Schmidt, Chicago Reader
- Atmosphere was great. Staff was friendly and very helpful… Naan bread and chutneys were awesome. Every appetizer was excellent. Duck Leg - Superb! Mussels - Superb! – thundermill, Citysearch
- I chose Marigold for a birthday dinner with a group of people with different tastes in food and dietary needs (vegetarian, diabetic). What a success! Marigold had something for everyone. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 12/05/2009
- The ambience was classy but not stuffy or overly trendy. Quite gorgeous red/warm decor. We found it easy to converse... – didgetella, Citysearch
What Explorers Were Really Looking For
The Indian cuisine at Marigold might remind you why, in the face of ridicule, Christopher Columbus sailed west, hoping to find a faster route to India. History, of course, remembers him as a somewhat creepy goofball who hated children going to school on Mondays. Here are some famous explorers and what they were actually looking for:
Looking For: A faster route to India
Found: America, plus an island near Haiti composed of a sentient gas cloud filled with evil mirrors
Ponce de Leon
Looking For: The Fountain of Youth
Found: Chalice of Consolation
Looking For: The Moon
Found: A soundstage in Reno
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