When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine at Temptations, in Ypsilanti.
The culinary alchemists at Temptations transform fresh ingredients and spices into a menu of artfully prepared dishes. Diners can embark on a palate-pleasing journey with nibblers, such as the vegetable samosa ($3.45) and buttered naan ($1.45). Succulent meats and a mélange of spices band together to form entrees, including grilled tandoori chicken ($12.95) and machhli sarsonwali, a Bengali–style mahi-mahi ($17.95).The baingan pasanda entices herbivores with baby eggplant buddied up with a yogurt-and-cashew sauce ($10.95). Meanwhile, the notorious lobster flaunts its rich tomato sauce to mouth-cave dwellers ($20.95). Parched guests can answer a dry throat’s obnoxious phone calls with the curious flavors of a sweet buttermilk lassi ($2.95) while settling into Temptations' cozy surrounds. The sophisticated essence of cardamom in the carrot halwa ($2.95) accentuates the sleek décor, and the sweetness of homemade kulfi puts a candied cap on savory meals ($2.95).
Temptations' accomplished founders and chefs are striving to create the first national Indian food chain in an effort to make fresh, all-natural Indian fare accessible everywhere in the country. The chefs prepare vegan and vegetarian options nightly, such as the bhindi dopiaza's tomato-smattered okra, and clay ovens churn out grilled dishes, such as murg tikka masala or tandoori chicken. Temptations also fills environmentally friendly boxes with portions of its food on college campuses, and the chefs spread their knowledge of Indian cuisine in cooking classes.
Sunlight streaks through large windows in Temptations' dining room as diners scarf down healthy Indian feasts beneath exposed-ductwork ceilings and soft orange lights. Live music fills the air on weekend nights, with sitars, world music, and kazoo symphonies typifying the sounds. Belly dancers have been known to take to the floors as well, captivating patrons with their hypnotizing hip undulations.