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 $12, you get $25 worth of Indian cuisine at Tandoor Indian Grill, near the University of Pittsburgh campus.
Tandoor Indian Grill crafts and serves an extensive menu of traditional Indian tastes. Start your mouth's metaphorical journey to the subcontinent with an order of samosa chat, a pastry topped with chickpeas, onions and spices ($6), tandoori chicken wings ($5 for 6 pieces), or a shrimp-kebab salad ($9).
After piquing the diner's appetite with its array of appetizers, the restaurant offers a cast of tandoori (clay oven) and vegetarian dishes to round out the cast of each personal Bellywood epic. Take a break from casting out nets for preseasoned fish by ordering the salmon fillet, which arrives conveniently smothered in ground ginger and traditional seasonings ($15). The baingan bharta delights herbivores with its puree of roasted and peeled eggplant, dressed with fresh onions, tomatoes, and spices ($11). Or centerpiece tables with the sumptuous platter of boneless kadai lamb, tossed with fresh herbs, spices, tomatoes, and green peppers ($13).
Feel free to complement each bite with sips from a sweet mango lassi, a yogurt-based drink ($3), or a masala chai ($2), or revel in adulthood by eating the mango cheesecake first ($4) and reciting lines from a PG-rated film. A favorite among University of Pittsburgh students, the restaurant has an intimate yet comfortable atmosphere where traditional Indian decorations and colorful walls surround elegant table toppings.