Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $15, you get $35 worth of Indian cuisine and drinks at Simi's India Cuisine, San Antonio's oldest Indian restaurant and My San Antonio's Critics' Choice for Indian fare.
After Simi's staff greets you like a long-lost relative who's visiting for a wedding, you can begin your meal with a lengthy dance number, followed by an order of fresh naan bread ($1.50) with a starter of vegetable samosas ($2.50) or chicken pakora ($3.95). If you're unsure what to try on the menu, head straight for an authentic dish such as the chicken tikka masala in a spicy tomato cream sauce ($9.95), a Tandoori specialty such as seekh kebab (finger rolls of minced lamb spiced with fresh ginger and coriander, $9.95), and the always-popular saag paneer (homemade cheese in a spinach and butter sauce with tomatoes, $8.95). Meatheads who like their meat the way they like their free weights—covered in yogurt and spices and marinated in a clay oven for 12 hours—will love the tandoori chicken ($7.95), while seafarers can try a subcontinental twist with tandoori shrimp ($11.95). And like all good Indian restaurants, Simi's offers a ton of veggie options, including chana masala ($7.95), malai kofta ($8.95), and navrattan korma (carrots, peas, potatoes, and cheese in an exotic blend of nuts and cream, $8.95). Wash your feast down with some mango lassi ($2.95) and top it off with a dessert of gulab jamun (cinnamon-flavored pastry cake in rosewater, $2.95) or kheer (rice pudding made with milk, honey, raisins, and nuts, $2.95).
There's a lot to try, so everyone can buy two Groupons and come back for seconds. You can use one Groupon per table, so invite along friends and spend a fun evening debating alternative uses for naan, such as edible frisbee, savory mudflap, and bread.
Simi's India Cuisine was a Critics' Choice on My San Antonio:
- Close to two decades of operation is ample evidence of the popularity of Simi's India Cuisine, and you can credit chef Amarjit Singh for the consistent quality. – Pat Mozersky, My San Antonio
- My wife and I have been coming to Simi's for years now and continue to find this place to be among the best Indian restaurants in town. – Adam B., Urbanspoon
- I've been going to Simi's for the last 10 years. This place has never disappointed me in the slightest! – Ed, Urbanspoon
- Simi's is very good Indian food, the service is great, and management makes you feel very welcomed and treats you as if you are eating in their home. – Menrico, Citysearch
Simi's India Cuisine
Simi's centerpiece is a large hanging stained-glass art piece––a woman in full Sari playing a sitar amid a field of blossoming flowers. Zooming out, the restaurant complements the art with verdant flowing vines and a rustic gray stone partition. Amid these striking accents, tables line with dinner entrees of lamb curry, zesty seafood masala, and boneless chicken fired in a traditional clay-oven tandoor. Diners may also grab a bite during Simi's popular lunch buffet, which has been dazzling San Antonio for more than 20 years.