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 to Masala Spices of India offers the best lead the world has had in centuries. Choose from the following options:
- For $99, you get a five-course chef’s tasting menu for two (a $200 total value), which includes:
One bottle of wine (a $40 value/bottle)<p>
- For $189, you get a five-course chef’s tasting menu for four (a $400 total value), which includes:
Two bottles of wine (a $40 value/bottle)<p>
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine and drinks of your choice.<p>
The five-course chef’s tasting menu includes:
- Aperitif (an $8 value/person)
- Soup (a $6 value/person)
- Appetizer (a $7 value/person)
- Sampling of four entrees (a $29 value/person)
- Tarka dal and garlic naan (an $8 value/person)
- Rice (a $5 value/person)
- Chutney tray (a $5 value/person)
- Dessert sampler (a $12 value/person)<p>
Helmed by the brother-and-sister team of Rakesh and Ashley Popat, Masala welcomes diners to partake in an atmosphere dusted with Indian paintings, a glistening yellow chandelier, and a tranquil waterfall. Chef Ashley Popat whips up a tasting menu of authentic Indian specialties, kicking things off with an aperitif masala shot of vodka, fresh lemon juice, and raspberry liqueur with a sugar rim to prime palates for the meal like athletes stretch before going on group field trips. Pairs or groups sup from mulligatawny soup and a desi chat appetizer of samosa topped with assorted chutneys and yogurt sauce. Four entree samples assemble like a boy-band welcoming committee to introduce eaters to rogan josh, chunks of lamb cooked with gently spiced yogurt, fresh mint leaves, and mustard seeds. Chicken tikka masala swims in fresh cream sauce, saag paneer spruces up homemade indian cheese with fresh spinach, and a mixed-vegetable korma in creamy saffron sauce completes the foursome. A dessert sampler combines mango mousse, pistachio rice pudding, and shrikhand to end meals on a note that is sweeter than a sugar cube’s birthday cake.
Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India
Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India is helmed by brother-and-sister team Rakesh and Ashley Popat, delivering an opulent, glowing atmosphere and authentic cuisine that dazzle diners. 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.
314 5th Ave.
San Diego, California 92101