I travel frequently to London and always miss the incredible Indian food they serve. I have tried every Indian restaurant in San Diego and Gourmet India is the first that matches the quality of London; However, Gourmet India has is own uniqueness that you will not find in London. The food is geared more toward hot weather climates, so Londoners will find a number of items on the menu that they never see in the UK. They also have a number of incredible beers from all parts of India. I recommend the India Special, which is about two 12 oz beers in volume. This is also a great place for vegetarians or vegans as is provides many dining options. The location is very close to the parking garage in Horton Plaza (to the right of the main parking entrance on 4th and F Streets). You can park in Horton Plaza and validate your ticket in the Mall for three hours of free parking. The ambiance is not a fancy as some of its downtown competition, but the great food, lower prices, better customer service, and fun people watching from the outdoor dining area more than compensate. Gourmet India charges extra for rice (so do most Indian restaurants in San Diego), but the rice high quality and is prepared as a dish. I recommend the vegetable rice of the day. My favorite appetizer is Uttapam, which is a popular griddle cake from Bombay, made from cream of wheat, topped with tomatoes, onions, light green chili, cilantro, served with sambar soup and coconut chutney. I also recommend the Mulgutany Soup with chicken, but is also comes with vegetables. The soup is a lentil of the day cooked with ginger, onion, tomatoes and coconut milk. All of the curries are excellent and homemade. The chef/owner will also make nearly anything upon request. I occasionally ask for chicken yogurt saffron, which is not on the menu. I also like to order Chicken Tikka Masala, a marinated tandoor cooked boneless chicken, served in a tomato saffron sauce. The Murg Korma is also spectacular. It has boneless pieces of chicken cooked in an enticing cream sauce with nuts and raisins. The lunch buffet is basic and very nice, but I prefer ordering from the menu. If you like Indian cuisine, I highly recommend Gourmet India! I also recommend reading this review: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2006/oct/18/where-frankie/
I think this place is bad from hearing so many of the very few number of customers that do go in there and end up having a bad experience or as they say with a happy ending, with the un professional inexperienced female psycho working day time manageing ", its pathetic, ladies if u ever feel like working with a manger that is unapprochable gets high and hangs out on her off days drunk as a scunk at the clubs who not only can not answer your questions or build a special bond with all the girls working this is the place. Forget all work related questions , they won't be answered , she will stomp to the owner and act as if she is tattle tailing, this is a joke, then if u want to feel degrated and told ur nothing or f*** you for showing customer Service and devotion good work ethic go out the window , this is the den of dillusion that feels dumb to have no way back . If the owners whinning women feels threaten by ur beauty or genuine style she will make it impossible for you and if that doesn't work she will pout and cry and force you to feel sick to work along side with such a creep and throw u under the bus. This place uses the girls and customers see it . Ladies this is the last place to work at that is negative and leaves ur stomach in knotts . The only nice thing is unrated and unappretiated unfortunately and that is the cool male managers and waitresses that u see temp. And the true well composed few strippers there. Check out all the other clubs first as a heads up and customers make sure there's air conditioning and a girl on stage before you get taken for a few bucks and pay to walk into dissappointment .
Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss. What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico. In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.