A group of us went to Monsoon on a Sunday at 12:30pm, consisting of my husband and I, my friend and her 11 year old son, and our good friend from India who served as our guide and mentor for Indian cuisine.
Monsoon is gorgeous. The service is nonstop. Initially I was bothered by what I felt was ‘hovering.’ But it was explained to me that that is part of the culture to serve and take care, and by the end of our very long lunch I felt totally spoiled. Multiple staff took care of our every need without a single cue from us.
We all ordered a variety of things so we all sampled a bit of each other’s food. Everything was delicious. My husband and I got the Dhaba Chai Tea; it was absolutely delicious; it is served hot with an amaretto cookie. Everyone’s waters were refilled every 10min. it seemed like. From the lunch menu we ordered an appetizer of Crispy Samosa Chat, which was divine (I sort of licked the plate a little :). Then the rest of our meals came from the Express Lunch menu – all dishes came with your choice of protein (or paneer – cheese, or organic veggies), a choice of salad or soup of the day, basmati rice, and naan bread. An incredible amount of food for a very reasonable price. You can dictate your food’s spice level from mild to Indian hot so your preferences are well accommodated. The kiddo in our group got chicken nuggets and fries, lol….he was very happy with his selection. Some folks got the salad which was good, and my husband and I got the soup of the day, which was cauliflower – very very good….not at all what I was expecting, but delicious. I feel like it took a very long time for our entrees to come out, however our soups and salads, and still nibbling on our appetizer, plus conversation made the time irrelevant. Our entrées consisted of Home Style Curry with organic veggies - mild for me, Vindaloo with chicken for my husband – medium, and the same for our Indian friend, except she ordered it Indian hot, and Korma with chicken – mild for our other friend.
Everything was delicious. The Naan was great, however I am hoping that next time I can substitute the regular naan for the Chili Naan- yum! Surprisingly, I found my friend’s Korma bland, and fell in love with my other friend’s Indian Hot Vindaloo! After our meal my husband got a Mango Lassi, which we previously fell in love with at the annual Taste of India Festival…this one was just a little tart for me, but still good. I got the Blue Velvet cocktail for dessert, which consisted of Blue Curacao liqueur, vanilla ice cream, & a few other goodies. It was yummy, but whew…strong!
As you leave there is a bowl of various minty seeds, including some fennel seeds meant to cleanse your palate. I will absolutely be back to try everything else on their menu. You can even order online if you want it To Go! It was an amazing experience and I can hardly wait to return!!