Teeth are like toddlers, if left unoccupied they will wind up biting the family dog. Distract destructive dentition with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Indian cuisine at Monsoon India located inside the Discovery Bay building. Monsoon India carries curries infused with exotic spices, breads fresh from the tandoor oven, and other tasty traditional fare. For an entree, patrons can pick palak paneer—one of the many vegetarian options—a lightly spiced curry made with spinach and homemade cheese cubes ($15.95), or opt for the lamb biriyani—a mouthwatering marriage of tender lamb, sautéed spices, raisins, and cashews, served with basmati rice ($19.95). Like a piece of warm naan around a stray kebab crumb, the dulcet sounds of Indian music envelope eaters' ears, transporting them to the arid exoticism of Newark.
Dedicated to upholding traditional Indian recipes, Monsoon India's new management has designed a fresh menu of authentic fare such as coconut curries, house-made paneer, and juicy kebabs. Lentils, chickpeas, and eggplant anchor a large selection of vegetarian entrees, and chefs also simmer chicken, lamb, and shrimp in spiced curries. Traditional clay tandoor ovens remain ablaze through business hours, infusing heat into breads, meats, and snowmen that like to spend the summer as a cloud of steam. As soon as dishes are plated, servers whisk them to tables amid the melodies of traditional Indian music.