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Gaylords in Sausalito

Carl Schwarcz | | Oct 9, 2005 09:24 PM

Gaylords, a long established Indian restaurant, just opened in Sausalito. I like Indian and like Sausalito.

Bottom line: not worth it if you care about food.

pluses: a great waterfront view of San Francisco at night. just terrific.

service: hurried and scattered. They've just opened so maybe it will get better with time. We arrived on time for our 8:00pm reservations. We had to wait about 25 minutes before we could be seated. Our waiter was nervous, forgot our drink order, later forgot our rice order, had to be tracked down when we needed something, etc. If this was an inexpensive restaurant, we'd go with the flow but Gaylords is more in the $30 / person without drinks range.

our food:

Vegetable Pakora (~$6): no flavor at all except for the sauces. Not worth the capacity.

Organic Baby Field Greens & Crispy Papadum ($8): really just some greens with a little cucumber. Not interesting.

Poori ($4): not nearly as good as the poori at Vic's Chat Cafe in Berkeley. These had been sitting arounda while, had fallen and were pretty oily.

Lamb Pasanda ($19): great flavorful sauce but only four small bit-size chunks of lamb. That's almost $5/bite. We thought of ordering a second one but felt ripped-off by the small portions.

Yellow Dal ($12): described as flavored with clove butter and mustart seeds, it was in fact totally dominated by lots of ginger. You really could not taste anything else. And agin the portion was small. More like a side dish than a main course.

I'd guess the service will improve but since Gaylords was well-established in San Francisco before moving to Sausalito, I'd guess the portion size and preparation will not.

There are much better places to eat in Sausalito. Not all of them have the great view though.