Known for its spices, Indian fare jolts the taste buds in a manner that kissing an electrical socket could never match. Enjoy shockingly good cuisine with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian cuisine at Taj Mahal. Today's deal is good toward dinner.
Focusing on flavor over spiciness, Taj Mahal's menu tempts taste buds with a handsome spread of succulent Indian cuisine. Appetizers include the veggie pakoras ($4.95), eggplant, potato, and onion fritters that handily jumpstart appetites left dormant during hibernations undertaken to impress cute bears. Clay tandoori ovens cook meats to tender perfection with 450-degree heat, popping out such delicacies as tandoori chicken ($10.95) and tandoori jumbo shrimp ($16.95). Lamb rogan josh sates meaty desires with cubed lamb, delicately sautéed in saffron ($15.95), and vegetaries can nosh on meat-free offerings such as chana masala, with chickpeas simmered in a mild sauce ($9.50). Though not included in today's Groupon, a full bar provides a wide range of fare-accompanying potations, moistening mouths left dry from excessive stamp licking or grooming spoiled cats.
Diners dig into meals in a beautiful dining room, with gauzy curtains and patterned walls lending an air of elegance to repasts. Elephant statues conjure images of India while ceiling-hung chandeliers provide luxurious lighting and ideal cross-room transportation for swashbuckling scallywags.
The Executive chef operates under the mantra that it's not the spice level but the delicacy, freshness, and wielding of the spices that makes a meal sing. He flaunts his seasoning skills with specialty tandoori entrees, which are forged through a cooking process that combines grilling, baking, and mesquite charcoal smoking. After de-fatting the meats, chicken, and fish to make each dish healthier, he marinates the proteins for hours in homemade yogurt and ginger, forces them to watch a powerpoint presentation about how to taste good, then fires them in an imported clay oven at more than 450 degrees.
Whether diners are sipping cocktails or sampling homemade paneer cheese from the buffet, the dining room's décor infuses the experience with a sense of elegance. Golden and cinnamon-hued curtains, dramatic sponge-painted arches, and ornate chandeliers accentuate carefully curated wall alcoves, which are populated with gold vases and elephant statuettes.
1520 Market St.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211