Service: The service was good at Monsoon India for the most part. Our waiter was really polite and all the staff was friendly and pleasant.
Food: The food at Monsoon India on Ala Moana Blv in Honolulu was average but nothing sensational. The menu has typical indian items such as Curry, Tandoori breads such as Naan and Roti, Samosas, Tandoori Meats, Paneer, Biriyani , and other indian classics. The grilled meat Kababs assortment we tried had chicken, shrimp and lamb and was overall very dry. The Naan was super crunchy and was missing the chewiness it typically has which is great for mopping up yummy sauce & curry. The Vindaloo curry was the best thing we tried with Mahi Mahi and had great heat, however, there was only 2 tiny little pieces of fish and the rest was all potatoes. Also something to point out was they didn’t have that yellow rice option with saffron on the menu and only had Basmati rice which was ok but a bit oily overall.
Favorite Dishes: Papadamu, and Fish Vindaloo
Atmosphere: The atmosphere is nice at Monsoon and homey. It has some indian artwork and other ethnic touches . The restaurant is small and only has about 10-15 tables total. The restaurant overlooks the Ala Moana blvd street which isn’t to pretty but does bring alot of light and airiness into the restaurant ambiance.
Consistency: We have only been once since it changed from Bombay India to Monsoon India and if we return we will update this blog… however, we still feel that Cafe Maharani is the best Indian food in Hawaii so will most likely not come back to Monsoon India anytime soon to satisfy a Indian food itch!
Parking: Monsoon Restaurant has validated parking available at the Discovery Bay building, on the Ocean side of Ala Moana Blvd in Honolulu. You shouldn’t try to find street parking because the parking at the Discovery Bay is super convenient and the elevator goes directly to the level with the restaurant.
Price Range: Medium-High ($14.95-$27.50) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Take Out Available
1778 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 941-5111
Hours of Operation:
Dinner – 7 Days a Week
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Lunch – 7 Days a Week:
12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.