Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine and drinks at Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India in the Gaslamp District.
Helmed by the brother and sister team of Rakesh and Ashley Popat, Monsoon welcomes diners to partake in an atmosphere dusted with Indian paintings and a tranquil waterfall. Fill stomach cabinets with meal knickknacks such as tender tandoori lettuce wraps ($9.95) and sweet mango soup with cream and chatt masala ($6.95) before shelving entrees such as seekh kebab, minced lamb skewers accompanied by onion, bell peppers, and mild green chilis ($17.95) and dizzy noo shak, bananas bathed in a coconut curry sauce ($14.95). A multitude of biryanis, indian breads, and curries demurely round out the menu's lineup, while the lunch ($13.95) and Monday night dinner buffet ($19.95) offer culinary scientists the opportunity to build a spicy Frankenstein meal-monster.
Monsoon Group Restaurants
Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India
Another glittering facet of the Monsoon Group helmed by brother-and-sister team Rakesh and Ashley Popat, Bombay delivers the same opulent, glowing atmosphere and authentic cuisine that have dazzled diners at sister restaurants Monsoon and Masala. Glistening chandeliers illuminate the 7,500-square-foot space, which provides an avenue for parties of up to 300 guests, and has hosted a number of corporate clients including Wells Fargo and Johnson & Johnson. Inside the dining room, a tranquil waterfall serves as an ethereal room divider and squirt-gun refilling station, as romantic amber light softly rains down from the ceiling to settle upon crisp white tablecloths.