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 $20, you get $40 worth of regional Indian cuisine at Tantric India Bistro. Up to three Groupons may be purchased per person, but this deal is not valid for the “dinner for two” combos or on major holidays such as Burton Gilliam Day.
Tantric India Bistro's vibrant décor of lustrous wood furnishings, striking Indian-inspired artwork, soothingly soft lighting, and an elephant that doubles as an ATM machine gets patrons in the mood to soak up authentic regional fare like a gulab jamun soaking up rose water. Tantric's diverse menu features delectable dakshin dishes from southern India such as the sada dosa, a thin rice-and-lentil crêpe served with a coconut chutney ($7). Vegetarians, for once, can enjoy a full page of menu options such as the bhindi do piaza with fresh okra, tomato-onion reduction, and caramelized onions ($14.95) and the heart-healthy aloo gobi masallam ($13.95). Meat-munchers, meanwhile, can savor tandoori chicken with saffron and garam masala cooked in a clay oven ($15.95) or Kashmiri-style rogan josh (lamb in peppercorn-tomato sauce, $17.95). Vegan and gluten-free options are plentiful as well. Close your meal with a well-choreographed finale of mango cheesecake ($5.95) and creamy, cardamom-infused ras malai ($5.95).
Bring today's Groupon to Tantric India Bistro and dine Indian-style without having to brave chilly 90-degree weather or shell out serious coin for ridiculously overpriced Khyber Pass tolls.
Recognizing it as an affordable and eclectic dining option in Boston's historic Theater District, The Vegetarian's Guide to Dining in Boston salutes the mighty menu of Tantric.
- This is one of my favorite Indian restaurants and its trendy sheik ambiance separates it from the rest. – Sangita
- Their butter chicken rivals anything I had while growing up in India, and the Chicken 65 is on my list of "dishes I'd take with me on a desert island". And don't miss the kheer (rice pudding) for dessert, which is superb. – pintopolis, Citysearch
- Tantric has become my favorite Indian restaurant in the Boston area. The food is excellent, the seasonings are perfect; the price is quite reasonable, especially for the quality; service is fantastic and friendly. – OpenTable user who dined on 01/29/2010
Tantric India Bistro
Tantric India Bistro’s chefs take taste buds on a culinary tour of India’s diverse regions. They draw from the traditions of Goa, Delhi, Kerala, and other areas to create South Indian chicken curry, lamb sautéed with apricots, shrimp vindaloo, and dosa crepes. Their vegan menu delights with specialties from southern India, including tandoor-roasted eggplant puree.
In the dining room, statues of buddhas draped with flowers stand among warm yellow and purple walls, watching over customers while they devour these delicacies and ensuring the servers don't trip over any loose pennies.
In addition to taking care of customers’ bellies, Tantric takes care of customers’ minds. Its Passion Lounge hosts guest lectures from locals who come to discuss topics ranging from eco-friendly practices to art to high heels for dogs. The restaurant also hosts a calendar of events such as opera-lover socials and holiday happenings.