The Indian subcontinent is a giant piece of naan that drifted slowly through the ocean before slamming its flavors into Eurasia. Align your face's tectonic plates to give the continent a nibble in return with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian fare at Sangam Indian Cuisine in Cornelius.
Sangam Indian Cuisine's culinary craftsman prepare colorful plates derived from North Indian recipes, while seasoning the savory menu with select Southern specialties as well. After roasting in a tandoor clay oven plucked from the fabled appliance groves of Delhi, the succulent chicken breast of the chicken tikka masala simmers in a rich tomato cream sauce ($13.95). Lamb rogan josh boasts curry-sheathed, slow-cooked bits of lamb ($14.95); palak paneer's mildly spiced spinach stands by to sate herbivorous cravings ($11.95). With combination platters such as the dinner for two ($39.95), pairs can sample an assortment of entrees, sides, and appetizers, including pea-and-potato-packed samosas. The restaurant's grass-green walls and bold orange trim subtly call to mind the colors of India's flag or a leprechaun in a hunting vest.
Sangam Indian Cuisine
Torch-like chandeliers and sconces flicker above pristine white table linens inside the modern Indian dining room of Sangam Indian Cuisine. Waitstaff transport plates of delicately spiced lamb, vegetables, and seafood baked in clay ovens, deep-fried, stuffed with fruit and nuts, or topped with garlic according to traditional North Indian recipes. A daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet fills chafing dishes with regional specialties made from vegetables, meats, and lentils, and fills minds with ideas for how to use up the lifetime supply of naan they won in the lottery. The restaurant is also currently working on rebuilding their patio to allow for my alfresco eats and will soon be hosting a hookah bar.