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.
Star of India hampers hunger with an authentic menu stocked with the rich flavors and exotic spices of the Subcontinent. Start the foodie festivities with an appetizer of onion bhaji, which features tearfully tempting slices of onion fried in chickpea batter ($8), or begin by shepherding your taste buds toward a pair of lamb samosas ($6) or a bevy of bread breeds that includes seven different types of naan. Tandoori chicken ($13) and tandoori shrimp ($22) are both marinated in yogurt, herbs, and spices before being cooked in a tandoor—a specialized clay oven kept at 800 degrees to match the temperature of the human mouth. Herbivores can veg out on channa masala, a mouth-watering mélange of garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and onions ($13), and fishivores can aim their scrimshaw dentures at fish vindaloo, which combines mahi-mahi with potatoes in a tongue-tazing sauce ($19). Each location possesses the flavor-customization technology to adjust its crave-worthy curries to individual specifications, ensuring that the menus are suited for everyone from unfazable fire eaters to mild-tongued spice sissies.
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.
As the brother-sister team behind Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India, Rakesh and Ashley Popat seek to elevate regional Indian cuisine by serving time-honored dishes in a luxurious setting. The Popats rely on their family's closely guarded recipes when preparing a slew of traditional curries, which range from the spicy vindaloo with a hint of lemon and ginger to the creamy korma sauce peppered with saffron, nuts, and raisins.
Additionally, the chefs demonstrate their passion for the diversity of Indian cuisine by embracing culinary techniques from across the country. Their Northern-style tandoori chicken marinates in yogurt, roasted garlic, and ginger for hours before being roasted inside a clay oven. The menu's Southern influences, on the other hand, are apparent in the selection of dosas: rice-and-lentil crepes stuffed with potatoes, herbs, and spices.
With its elegant chandeliers, stone columns, throne-like seating, soothing waterfall, and antique-style lanterns, the restaurant creates a regal ambiance that heightens the dining experience. A collection of South Asian artwork?including several paintings of India?reinforces its deep cultural roots even further.
Helmed by brothers Sandeep and Jagdeep Kambo, Royal India represents the best of two worlds—fine dining and homecooked cuisine. Made-to-order naan, mint chutney, and a decadent tomato tikka masala sauce—which Fodor's summed up in one word: "smoky"—all come from mother Kambo, as do the rest of the menu's authentic Indian specialties and the kitchen's heirloom spoon. Paired with the Market Street location's 125-seat dining room and dazzling indoor waterfall, and it's no wonder Royal India's cuisine has nabbed a top-five ranking in the Best Indian category of San Diego A-List for five years running. What’s more, the spot features an ornate, hand-carved bar, where mixologists craft refreshing Indian mojitos and mango martinis—drinks that rival the kitchen's decadent desserts of mango mousse and spiced rice pudding.
A place where the exotic interior is matched only by the food, visitors to Masala will find themselves transported to a colorful and lush place where tall mosaic pillars climb to a ceiling hung with golden beaded curtains and Buddha statues dot the room, aglow with blue and purple light. Tuck into booths lined with silken pillows to explore a menu dappled with traditional as well as contemporary twists?such as coconut-ginger shrimp sided by sweet mango chutney, and mahi-mahi simmered in a fragrant, spicy curry. The menu also has a dedicated list of apps and entrees hailing from Southern India, including chickpea-flour-battered, deep-fried jalape?os, and a spicy masala dosa, an Indian-style crepe lined with spicy, herbed potatoes and sweet chutney.