Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian dinner fare and drinks at Zaroka Bar & Restaurant in New Haven.
The expansive menu at Zaroka Bar & Restaurant serves up authentic Indian flavors tailored for both vegetarian and nonvegetarian tastes. Samosas, homemade turnovers stuffed with a mixture of veggies and potatoes ($4.95), quell anxious stomachs, and the Nirvana wings ($6.95) are a baked rendition of buffalo wings. A list of tandoor entrees, including vegetarian, chicken, lamb, seafood, and lentil, provides an elaborate combination of flavors to choose from. Orders for south Indian specialty dishes such as the sada dosa, a preparation of paper-thin rice-and-lentil crêpes served with coconut chutney ($7.95), should be called in ahead of time to compensate for uncooperative coconut shells. Specialty drinks wash down spices with the sweet lassi, a yogurt drink flavored with sweetened rose water ($2.50).
During dining, Zaroka yields an amiable ambiance with sounds of Indian music and a smiley staff. This Groupon is valid for dinner only, which is Sunday–Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday–Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Zaroka Bar & Restaurant
Golden tablecloths bloom with vases of cut flowers as petal-like fans whir overhead. Their regal hue symbolizes one of Zaroka Bar & Restaurant's guiding principles: that guests are akin to royalty. Inside the dining room, traditional Indian meals unfold amid ornately carved picture frames, vibrant music, and colorful conversations. To explore India's nooks and crannies, chefs craft dishes from far-flung regions such as Punjab, Gujarat, and Bengal. House specialties range from spiced chicken kebabs baked in a clay oven to curried shrimp simmered in a coconut pot. The kitchen also prepares an array of vegetarian dishes, such as savory garlic naan and three types of lentil dal. An ideal dessert or palate cleanser, the rosewater lassi teems with sweet, floral hints, like a game of charades with a potpourri sachet.
148 York St.
New Haven, Connecticut 06511