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Monsoon Masala is closing :-(

DiveFan | Apr 29, 2012 01:53 PM

Upon making reservations for a dual birthday bash we discovered that they are closing April 30. The owners are interested in suggestions for locations or alternate 'means of delivery' and can be contacted via their web site: http://monsoonmasala.com/ Not just east of the Caldecott, real estate speculation and skyrocketing rents (despite obvious vacancies) seem to be in season all around the SFBA.

At any rate, we had a great time at this Goan oriented restaurant last night. You would be hard pressed to find the variety of meat dishes outside of a Pakistani resto. The pork vindaloo, lamb and special goat curry had great depth of flavor. The chicken tikka was a fine representation of this dish, and everyone was fighting over the coconut based sauce from the shrimp curry. The chana masala was cooked with pomegranate which I don't think I've encountered before - very tasty, of course. Before the entrees arrived, we were not disappointed by the chicken and veggie samosas and the surprising tandoori paneer.

The only disappointing dish was the chicken biryani - kind of bland and without the nice crust of the Persian version. It was more than compensated for by the other plates and the above average, attentive service.

I really hope these nice people find a new home in the area for their bright flavors and exceptional staff.

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