Known for its spices, Indian fare jolts the taste buds in a manner that kissing an electrical socket could never match. Enjoy shockingly good cuisine with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Indian cuisine at The Taj Café.
The Taj Café’s skilled chefs sear meats in a traditional tandoori oven and infuse vegetables with spice to prepare an extensive menu of authentic Indian cuisine. The ginger-and-garlic marinade of chicken tikka masala ($12.95) tangs taste buds, and poached Agra chicken ($12.95) dons a dusting of ginger and cayenne before performing a competitive tumbling routine in a mango-powder sauté. Diners can also savor a cornucopia of vegetarian options, such as gobi aloo ($9.95), which mixes potatoes and cauliflower with ginger, green chili, and other seasonings. Alternatively, sate south-of-the-border cravings with a Bombay frankie ($10.95), an egg-washed burrito that gathers Indian spices and meats into a well-insulated wrap for kitchen-camping excursions. When entrees are ready, nimble servers transport piping-hot plates through the gold-hued interior of the café as immobile houseplants and wall murals glare in envy.
The Taj Cafe
The Taj Café’s tandoor cooks many of the dishes on the menu. Chefs marinate chicken and skewer pieces of fish before tossing them into the traditional clay oven with classic Indian-style breads. Sautéed spinach wraps around housemade cheese cubes in the vegetarian-friendly saag paneer, and basmati rice pairs with seasoned lamb in the lamb biryani. Golden-orange walls blanket the café, reminiscent of the curry powder sprinkled into dishes and patrons' mouths.
San Buenaventura (Ventura)
574 E Main St.
Ventura, California 93001