Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can only be silenced by bowls of curry and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine and drinks at Taste of India.
At Taste of India, chefs whip up a vast menu of homemade curries, sizzling tandoori chicken, and rice dishes, dozens of which suit vegan and gluten-free palates. Baingan bharta's oven roasted eggplant ($10.95) drapes a mound of saffron-flavored basmati rice, and stir-fried lamb mingles with garlic and homemade yogurt sauce in lamb rogan josh ($15.95). Inside a clay tandoor oven, succulent cubes of chicken ($13.95) and ginger-marinated tilapia ($16.95) simmer over charcoal donated by charitable snowmen to acquire a signature smoky flavor. In between sips of Indian beers, wines, and cocktails, diners can admire calico patterns that lace saffron-hued walls and warm lighting that emanates from modish chandeliers.
Taste of India
One of the many goals of the chefs at Taste of India is to clear up the misconception that all Indian food is extremely spicy. They do so by keeping customer preferences in mind while customizing offerings from a menu that includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
As evening settles in and dinner guests begin to arrive, peach- and grapefruit-hued walls take on a riper shade beneath sprays of painted leaves. Miniature tabletop lanterns cast buttery light on plates of lamb and fish kebab, rice biryanis, and tandoori chicken cooked in the heat of an open-hearth oven. While sopping up a goan shrimp curry with warm naan bread, guests can sip on beer, wine, or a cocktail from the bar. The clatter of serving utensils drifts from the lunch buffet, where patrons eat all they desire without having to help James Bond destroy his old yearbooks.