Spicy food can elicit a number of unusual reactions from people, causing coughing fits, desperate fanning, and the occasional transformation into a habanero-breathing dragon. Play it cool while turning up the heat with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Indian cuisine at Shere-E-Punjab in Drexel Hill.
Shere-E-Punjab's chefs employ a colorful palette of traditional flavors and spices to paint a menu of savory Indian dishes. Swab zesty sauce from chicken vindaloo ($10.95) with 8 varieties of tandoori breads baked fresh in a clay oven ($2–$4), or indulge in a richly herbed lamb masala stewing in a creamy tomato-and-onion sauce and accompanied by basmati rice ($13.95). A bowl of aloo gobhi invades empty bellies with cauliflower and potatoes dusted in ginger, garlic, tomatoes, and traditional spices ($9.95), great for sating appetites or filling up a friend's purse; the mango chutney ($2) remains on hand to help cool down dishes. Since Shere-E-Punjab is a BYOB establishment, bring a select liquid indulgence and enjoy sips without a corkage fee.
Shere-E-Punjab owner and chef Zail Singh Shergill has more than two decades of cooking experience packed into his apron. Even with all that wisdom, he still counts on those around him—family, especially—to keep the restaurant’s spread fresh and exciting. Zail’s son and Shere-E-Punjab co-founder, Pushpinder Singh, consistently concocts recipes for new dishes—an ongoing effort reflected in the lengthy and varied menu, which includes fresh naan, chicken tikka masala, and barbecue lamb kabobs cooked in the clay tandoor ovens. The restaurant also carries a selection of Indian beers, wines, and cocktails.