The complexity of Indian spices challenges even the most refined of palates and inspires spontaneous Bollywood dance numbers in even the most disaffected of molars. Experience a new choreography of flavours with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian fare and drinks for Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Nirvana in Mississauga. Nirvana requires patrons pay a 15% gratuity, which the value of this Groupon can be applied toward. This deal expires on October 20, 2011.
Nirvana re-creates the tastes, aromas, colours, and textures of Indian cuisine, prepared in a glass-panelled tandoor kitchen that lets diners watch the discriminately chosen chefs at work. The menu surveys dishes from all across India, complemented by an extensive drink menu and decor done in rich, Maharaja style. The achari mutton or chicken mixes tender cuts of meat with onions, tomatoes, spices, and a hint of ginger ($13.95), and the shrimp hariyali marinates tiger prawns in coarse fresh mint and coriander before barbecuing them over charcoal in a tandoor oven ($17.95). Vegetarian options abound, such as the dal makhani, simmering black lentils and red kidney beans overnight atop charcoal embers that burn as slowly as a Harlequin romance novel held over a hand warmer, and finishing them in homemade butter ($9.95). Lighter bites include samosas ($4.95/two pieces) and aloo delhi wale, shallow-fried cubes of potato tossed with chaat masala, cumin seeds, and salt ($8.95).