Indian cuisine forges a perfect balance between using too few spices, which can make a dish taste bland, and too many, which can make tongues see into the future. Walk a fine flavor line with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of Indian fare at Viceroy of India, with locations in Chicago and Lombard.
For more than 20 years, Viceroy of India's chefs have sautéed and spiced an expansive menu of northern- and southern-Indian specialties. Homemade cottage cheese mingles with spinach in a mild curry sauce of onion and tomato in the saag paneer ($5.50–$9.50), and a mélange of mashed barbecued eggplant bharta ($5.50–$9.50) reveals bites of hidden herbs, spices, and a 3-D image of a yacht when viewed from the right angle. Clay tandoor ovens unfurl to reveal succulent and tender marinated chicken tikka ($6.50–$11.95) and skewered, minced lamb kebabs ($3–$11.95) alongside delicately scorched morsels of fluffy naan ($1.99). Mouth fires finally extinguish beneath a slate of traditional desserts, such as rasgulla ($3 for two), which suffuses steamed cheese balls with sugar and rosewater to forge a more decadent fusion of dairy and dessert than string cheese's whirlwind romance with a chocolate donut.
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Viceroy of India
At Viceroy of India Restaurant, culinary craftsmen blend the piquant, regional flavors of northern and southern Indian cuisine with a slew of adroitly seasoned meat and vegetarian dishes. The menu reads like a who's who of Indian edibles, starring such favorites as chicken tikka masala, spicy lamb vindaloo, and assorted vegetarian curries that bathe fresh vegetables in mild or spicy sauces. Appetizing aromas emanate from the eatery's kitchen as leavened naan bread bakes in a traditional clay oven, and an extensive selection of wine, beer, and classic cocktails spill into eager vessels. Each table's presentation of flowers, cushioned wooden chairs, and glowing candles woos guests in search of a venue for a romantic evening, group banquet, or first foray into fire swallowing.