Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon to Sizzling Tandoor Indian Restaurant in Santa Rosa or Healdsburg. Choose from the following options:
For $13, you get a lunch buffet for two (a $25.98 value). The buffet includes classic dishes such as Tandoori chicken, handmade naan bread, and a selection of soups, salads, and desserts.
For $25, you get $50 toward a three-course dinner for two. The dinner must include:
- Two soups (up to $7.90)
- Two salads (up to $11.90)
- Two entrees (up to $45.90, entrees range from $11.95–$22.95)
For $37, you get $80 toward a three-course dinner for four. The dinner must include:
- Four soups (up to $15.80)
- Four salads (up to $23.80)
- Four entrees (up to $91.80, entrees range from $11.95–$22.95)
Depending on dishes ordered, the value of each Groupon is enough to cover a full meal. If dinners cost more than the value of the Groupon, diners simply pay the difference.
In a kitchen outfitted with a traditional clay oven and shelves of imported spices, chefs at Sizzling Tandoor Indian Restaurant craft Indian and Indo-Chinese fusion fare that fills an enormous menu. After settling into comfortable tables, duos and quartets select from spicy soups and crunchy salads tossed with house-made mango or cucumber yogurt dressing. An enormous array of entrees infuses chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options with 21-spice medleys, stews of organic local produce, and spicy mustards milked from the craggy peaks of nearby volcanoes. House favorites include the tandoori chicken ($15.95), which marinates in yogurt, spices, and sitar scales before basking in an ultra-hot clay oven. A spicy, comforting dish, lamb curry ($17.95) cooks succulent meat in a stew of spices and fresh herbs. In the prawns tikka masala ($22.95), jumbo prawns lounge with slim slices of bell peppers, sipping creamy sauce from hollowed cashew goblets. While not included in today's Groupon, the purchase of two glasses of wine grants customers the remainder of the bottle at no additional charge.
On Wednesdays, live musicians regale diners with traditional tunes, and on Friday and Saturday evenings belly dancers undulate around tables while subtly hovering two inches off the ground.
Sizzling Tandoor Indian Restaurant
To enliven the local, organic produce that fills his kitchen, Chef Vinay Patel welcomes monthly shipments of spices from India, such as turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, and cardamom. After seasoning his meats, he lowers them into a clay tandoor to cook over handpicked, hardwood mesquite charcoal. For all the effort that goes into each chicken dish, curry, and biryani, the Bohemian has awarded Sizzling Tandoor Indian Restaurant its Best Indian award for 22 years running.
The dishes sprawl from traditional entrees to Northern and Southern Indian specialties and Indo-Chinese fusion dishes. Chefs also tandoor-fire nearly a dozen types of bread, including naan, paratha, and gluten-free and vegan missi roti to sop up sauces. Rather than placing a miniature fire extinguisher at each table, chefs calibrate each dish's spiciness from mild to hot.
As diners expand the depth of their palate, an Indian ambiance envelops their body. At the Santa Rosa location, live belly dancers charm and entertain on Friday and Saturday night, and live musicians stop by for events such as Samosas and Sitar. While watching, guests can nurse Indian beers and specialty cocktails including the Sizzling Sunset, which ups the ante of traditional mango lassi with vodka.