At some point, every country builds a Great Wall to keep the secret of its cuisine from spreading to foreign nations, only to find that the real wall lies in its heart. Tear down the Great Wall of painful secrets with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fusion dim sum, tapas, and entrees at Tazia Restaurant on North 11th Street.
Tazia's owner draws flavor inspiration from their world travels to create an imaginative menu of Asian tapas and family-style entrees. Shiitake mushrooms meld with flavorful fowl in the duck dumplings ($5), which arrive drizzled with scallion-soy au jus. Tangerine shrimp ($16) sport a lightly fried tempura coat, accessorizing with the sultry sweetness of a rice-wine reduction, and prosciutto-wrapped wild boar ($18) charges into whole-grain-mustard and miso-sauce dips, pursued by English sportsmen mounted on tiny forks. The piquant sweetness of Vietnamese–style honey-lemongrass rub envelops the rack of lamb ($21) in a cloud of delectable spices, dazzling patrons and confusing nearby meteorologists. Tazia's lively atmosphere keeps going until late evening, with a happy hour that boasts late-night small plates. Though purchases there are not included with this Groupon, there's also a raw bar, which is constructed anew each evening, not unlike the crystalline domiciles of the Fraggles’ hapless neighbors.