Many people had high hopes for Monsoon Cuisine of India, the restaurant that replaced Spin Burger Bar at 16th & K. I've been there to check out their happy hour and liked their naan, but didn't have a chance to try out a full meal.
Greg Lucas of the Sac News & Review stopped by recently and prety much agreed with the Sac Bee restaurant critic's recent review.
Like so many things in life, there is always room for another good Indian restaurant. And, in the aggregate, Monsoon is good. It is not great. Not to be a broken record or scratched disc or whatever the 21st-century cliché is, but Bombay Bar & Grill at 1315 21st Street is an inspired Indian restaurant where, unlike, Monsoon, mango chutney is available—free of charge—at every meal. Free mango chutney being but one of the smaller of Bombay’s superior attributes. And despite little affinity for Indian lunch buffet, Pooja Indian Grill in West Sacramento lays out an expertly prepared spread that offers almost as much variety as Monsoon’s truncated lunch menu. For the Indian buffet aficionados who wish to remain on foot in the greater downtown environs, Mati’s Indian Express at 1501 16th Street gets the nod over Monsoon with its engaging but eagle-eyed matriarch stationed behind the chaffing dishes to ensure her creations are just so.
Hopefully they're still working out the kinks and they'll go from pretty good to great.
See the entire review in Sac News & Review.
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