Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine and drinks at Mehek Restaurant in Princeton.
Mehek Restaurant's sizable menu is full of tasty and colorful Indian dishes interweaving classic and novel flavors from all across the subcontinent. Embark on a spicy escapade with a zesty date, starting with a bowl of dahi wada—lentil dumplings swimming in chilled yogurt and tamarind chutney ($5). Paneer tamatar ki bhurji with hand-wrought cheese matched with green pepper and tomatoes ($12) and chicken keema with peas and hearty onion gravy ($14) furnish bare bellies where granola bars and tiny sofas fall short. Slow food enthusiasts savor the boneless turkey tikka masala rendered tender overnight in a tandoor oven ($14) or the Mehek-special goat curry prepared with tomato, onion and traditional spices ($19). Embrace the feast's bittersweet denouement with a juicy plate of strawberries dressed in cardamom and mango essence ($5). Tall windows shed light on sienna-toned walls and illuminate liquid delicacies such as the Mehek-special lassi, unique for a rose flavoring bereft of accompanying thorns.
Striving to highlight the diversity of India’s regional cuisine, the cooks at Mehek Restaurant have mastered vegetarian, seafood, lamb, chicken, and rice dishes from across the subcontinent. The eatery’s name, which means “aroma,” serves as a playful tribute to the way each creation from the expansive menu sates several senses at once. Kebabs, vindaloos, masalas, and biryanis can all be ordered with various proteins, and glasses of mango lassi cool off spicy bites. Mehek also offers a buffet rich with options for vegetarians, meat-eaters, and those on strict naan diets.