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Haitian-born star chef blends international flavors to create kobe beef kebabs, pork vindaloo, venison soolay, and crab naan

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Promotional value expires Aug 28, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservations required and must be made by phone, not valid for online reservations. Dine-in only. Not valid for alcohol. Brunch option not valid for $35 large portion of Tandoor Chaamp. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Blending cuisines combines the best of both worlds, much like when Jupiter crashes into Mars next year. Let flavors collide with this Groupon.

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$69 for a Chef’s tasting menu for two people valid Sunday-Thursday: valid for $60 worth of food per person (a $120 value)
$69 for a Chef’s tasting menu for two people valid only Friday and Saturday night: valid for $60 worth of food per person (a $120 value)
$25 for a three-course fine dining brunch for two (up to a $67 value)

  • Two breads (up to a $16 value)
  • Two entrees (up to a $42 value)
  • One shared dessert (up to a $9 value)<p>

$8 for $16 worth of fine dining cuisine for lunch, valid Monday–Saturday<p>

The lunch menu is anchored in the chef’s combination specials ($12 each), which pair white sweet potato and a tamarind-based purée with mains such as Kerala wild shrimp curry and butter paneer in a fenugreek-tomato cream sauce. At dinner, small plates such as shikari Vermont quail ($15) precede large plates such as smoked venison soolay ($25). Customers can also choose the chef’s tasting dinner. Chef Senat accommodates allergies and dietary restrictions upon request.<p>


"Pretty damn incredible"—the first words that Philadelphia Weekly's Brian Freedman chose to sum up the cuisine at Tashan. Philadelphia magazine's Trey Popp was also wowed by the restaurant's unique culinary balancing act, stating that the food was " …a potential minefield, but executive chef Sylva Senat dances through it without dropping much more than a teaspoon’s worth of his 51-spice arsenal." The Haitian-born chef—who was a James Beard Award semi-finalist in 2012 and 2013 and who is beloved by area food critics and his mother—certainly does his best to help Tashan redefine Philadelphia's Indian food scene.

Drawing from extensive culinary experience—time spent in the kitchens of Trump Hotel Central Park and Buddakan—and traditional Indian cooking methods, chef Senat melds classically Indian flavors with culinary styles from around the globe. His small-plates-focused menus feature inventive takes on familiar dishes, such as organic chicken-vindaloo sausage, tandoori free-range butter chicken, and masala-dusted lobster. The food pairs well with cocktails that also incorporate Indian spices and fruits.

Though chef Senat's cuisine is the star, Tashan's decor has also garnered praise. Designed by New York-based architect and interior designer Winka Dubbeldam, the dining room surrounds visitors with tables made from hand-carved wood, as well as with statues and furnishings from India, Spain, and Mexico. Ebony wood takes on a subtle dark glow, and polished steel accents reflect the low, sensual lighting. The result is a physical space that, according to Brian Freedman, takes on an air of “crepuscular sexiness."

Customer Reviews

I will keep going back to this place as long as it is open.
John W. · August 29, 2013
Fantastic meal, as always!
Glenn T. · August 28, 2013
Great spot, will definitely be there again!
Geoffrey B. · August 28, 2013

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