$20 for $45 Worth of Authentic Indian Fare at Gourmet India

Horton Plaza

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Although da Vinci invented Indian food in between crafting the armored car and discovering vertical economics, it was India that perfected it. Today's Groupon puts the proof in the paneer pakora with $45 worth of authentic Indian bites and cool drinks at Gourmet India for $20. The restaurant's downtown location is a prime watering hole for authentic regional recipes that love gathering after work to talk about how delicious they are.

Gourmet India's cuisine sates bellies with fresh meats, ripe vegetables, and astounding sauces spiced flawlessly. The restaurant's friendly staff makes all diners feel at home and excited for the palpable stomach pampering ahead. The relaxed, intimate dining room shares the duty with outdoor seating that illuminates the kitchen's bright creations with all-natural sunlight.

An edible panorama of rich oranges, bold goldenrods, earthen browns, and cilantro-green flourishes transforms dishes from the menu into culinary works of art. Vegetarian samosas treat an appetite to veggie turnovers filled with potatoes, peas, spices, and herbs under a layer of tamarind chutney ($5) before the famous flavors of chicken tikka masala cooked with curry spices in a clay oven ($15.95) and lamb korma steeped in a coriander-and-cumin sauce ($16.95). Addictive pillows of garlic naan ($3.50) complement the creamy texture of homemade raita yogurt ($3.50) as surf enthusiasts prepare for the likes of Madrasi fish curry, the fresh fish of the day cooked with onions, ginger, ground mustard, cilantro, and coconut milk ($17.95). Call ahead to make your reservation.

This Groupon is not valid with Gourmet India's lunch buffet.

Reviews

San Diego CityBeat noted Gourmet India as an honorable mention for Best Indian Resturant 2009, and the San Diego Reader says:

  • Gourmet India...because it serves regional delicacies -- actually has a distinctive identity...Indian music and a tranquil atmosphere put us in good spirits...We'd eaten royally on a prosperous peasant's budget...[A fellow diner said that] "…The best dishes here are the ones you don't see on other Indian menus -- but Americans would be less likely to order them, just because they aren't familiar. Without those, the restaurant would still be good, but it wouldn't be special." – Naomi Wise

Citysearchers give Gourmet India a 4.5-star average, while Yelpers, OpenTable users, and TripAdvisors agree to give an average of four:

  • Great sauce, the lamb makhni is the best I have ever had. The sauce is rich, full, buttery, moderately spicy and just wonderfully balanced. This is the only place to eat indian food, none come close...You will definitely leave here full and completely satisfied. – globaleater20, Citysearch
  • This restaurant was an unexpected pleasant surprise. The food was delicious and the available floor/pillow seating was a great treat. The music was good, and the spiciness of the food was perfect! – OpenTable user who dined on 12/30/2009
  • There's nothing I can say about this place that doesn't involve uncomfortable (for you not for me) moaning....so just know that I loved it here and will be back again and again. – Jessica J., Yelp
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    Horton Plaza

    810 Fourth Avenue

    San Diego, California 92101

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In a Nutshell

  • Great downtown location
  • Authentic Indian recipes
  • Vegetarian options

The Fine Print

Expires Sep 17th, 2010. Limit 5 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 4 or more. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. No cash value. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.