To harvest the rich milk of a coconut, one must break through its hard husk by hitting it with a hammer or bowling it down a city street to smash against parking meters. Taste this laborious delight and other staples of Indian cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian fare at Tadka, located on West Dublin Granville Road. The latest culinary concept from the gourmands behind Inchin's Bamboo Garden, Tadka conjures up a menu full of tandoor-roasted and skewered cuisine from the northwestern frontier regions of India. A sweeping banquet room swells with savory smells as diners appease their voracious palates with aloo moti tikki, fried cakes of paneer cheese and potato coated with sago ($4). The cuisine-cruise continues with a selection of tandoori kebabs such as the succulent sikandari raan, a boneless leg of spring lamb marinated in black cumin and roasted to perfection ($18). Sate a veggie hankering with a plate of the creamy daal tadka curry simmered on a charcoal fire overnight at a hair-braiding, prank-calling slumber party with giddy black lentils, tomatoes, ginger, and garlic ($12). Meals can be brought to a lip-smacking close with a dish of homemade pistachio-and-almond-infused ice cream ($4).
- Tadka, which cooks some potent and fabulous food, is far from your average Indian restaurant. – G.A. Benton, Columbus Alive!
- The unusual starters were even more satisfying. Machchi amritsari provided little fillets of fresh fish that were fried and wonderfully flavored with a marinade in which hot chilies and lemon stood out. – John Champlin, Columbus Monthly
The menu at Tadka features dishes of double-fried tofu and hot-garlic beef point to Sichuan influence, while tomato-chili paneer and curried noodles brim with Indian spices. Whatever the culinary inspiration, cooks create each dish from scratch with fresh ingredients at the moment it's ordered, including their extensive bread menu. Once ready, servers ferry the feasts to tables in a red and mustard-yellow dining room adorned with waterfalls, Asian accents, and black stalks of bamboo.