The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Pakistani cuisine at Mirchi, located downtown on 2nd Avenue Southwest.
Mirchi whisks Calgarians to the Indian subcontinent with authentically spiced entrees from the culinary traditions of Pakistan and Northern India. Mirchi's chicken ($10) and goat ($12) biryanis, flavour-blended with basmati rice and exotic spices and herbs, make bold bites for pleasure-seeking palates otherwise bored with burgers and soulless backgammon. Mirchi manifests a menu of meats for evening munchers, including Pakistani rack of lamb ($32), marinated with tempestuous spices, and the chef's specialty quail masala ($24), flame-grilled and drowned in cashew-tomato sauce. Produce-prone patrons can opt for Mirchi's variety of vegetarian options, including kaala channa ($10), a black chickpea curry, and aloo gobhi ($9), a classic potato and cauliflower curry. Lap a decadent mango lassi ($4) while luxuriating on the plush red couches lining Mirchi's mirrored walls, anticipating rich desserts served under sparkling chandeliers like edible subpoenas. Reservations are required.
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739 2 Ave. SW
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