Monsoon India

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

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!
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1778 Ala Moana Blvd
Suite 213
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 941-5111
Website:
http://monsoonindiaoahu.com/site/

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.

Monsoon India Naan bread

Garlic Naan

Monsoon India restaurant in waikiki appetizers

Papadamu

Monsoon India Tandori meat mixture honolulu

Tandoori Kababs

Fish Vindaloo at Monsoon India restaurant in waikiki

Fish Vindaloo

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Himalayan Kitchen

Overall: corkagecorkage

Service: We where served in a timely manner but the staff was not very helpful or particularly friendly. We asked our waitress and water boy’s opinion on dishes, one didn’t answer and the other recommended something that was oily and basically inedible!

Food: The food was not very good. It was ok but most likely because they used MSG in the food. We had to mix the curry, rice and bread all together to make anything taste good at all.

Favorite Dishes: Papadan, Chicken Curry, and Jalapeno & Garlic Nan.

Atmosphere: A cool artsy restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. The ambiance is bright, homely and has a ethnic feel to it. The restaurant has beautiful artwork from the Himalayas which really adds something special to the decor and is very inviting.

Consistency: We have only been once so far but the food was consistently boring throughout the meal.

Parking: The Himalayan Kitchen is located in the Kaimuki shopping center which is has a good amount of spots. The restaurant does not validate parking but its not expensive at all to park there so no worries.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$18) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Not Needed

Address:
Kaimuki
1137 11th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone Number: (808) 735-1122
Website: www.himalayankitchen.net

Cafe Tajmahal

Overall: corkage

Service: Family run business and they are running it into the ground! the waitress obviously doesn’t understand service and was probably still in high school. After a second attempt we had a another lousy experience the waiter was slow and didn’t clear any of the dirty plates away from the tables! The experience was basically its worth forgetting.

Food: The food is just awful at the Cafe Tajmahal! The menu has the basic things you would expect at an Indian restaurant not executed well at all. The Vegetable Samosa was the best thing and it was burned on the outside. The Vegetable Masala was acceptable but pretty tasteless both times, the yellow rice comes out white, and the fish Masala was really fishy. In fact, even the most staple Indian dish – Naan Bread was terrible! both times it was doughy, oily and most likely not made in a traditional oven.

Favorite Dishes: Vegetable Samosas, Sauces that come on the table, and and Vegetable Masala.

Atmosphere: Lacking, definitely could use a makeover and some TLC. The kitchen is really loud and they play the same Indian movie on a loop on two flat screen TV’s which is really distracting.

Consistency: Although we said we would never give this restaurant another chance we did in the spirit of fairness (when we went the first time it had just opened and since then have heard good things about the food) and now strongly reinforce our original opinion that this restaurant has consistently terrible food.

Parking: There is free parking in front but the lot is shared with other restaurants at the same location so parking is hard to find and the lot is difficult to get in and out of. You can pay $5 across the street by City Mill if the parking lot is full. Our tip go early (before 7pm) and snag a free spot!

Price Range: Medium ($11-$20) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!

Reservations Not Accepted

Address:
3036 Waialae Ave, #B-4
Honolulu, HI 96816
phone number: (808) 732-6496

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Cafe Maharani

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkagecorkagecorkage

Service: Service is always pretty good. The staff is really friendly but it takes forever to get a seat (well worth the wait!!) . A good tip is to bring an extra bottle of wine because they let you drink it while you wait in the back. It makes the time go much faster!

Food: The food is traditional Indian and served family style in interesting dishes. The menu has good variety and the platters are large so share with your friends. We would recommend a few appetizers, followed by a Vegetable dish, Masala, and Meat dish like the Tandoori platter. Don’t forget the Naan and yellow rice to slurp up the last drops.

Favorite Dishes: Papadum, Tandoori Chicken, Vegetable Masala (special dish), Fish or Chicken Masala, Yellow Rice, Naan Bread with Cilantro & or Onion, Curries are also very good but occasionally the meat is tough.

Atmosphere: The moment you walk into Cafe Maharani you are transported to India with the authentic art and bright color pallet. The restaurant is very small, unique and quaint but also very busy so expect to wait for a while (Tip: buy an extra bottle of wine to drink while you wait in the back of the restaurant) they do not take reservations.

Consistency: Consistently Fantastic! This is by far the best Indian restaurant in Hawaii. Being a personal chef in Oahu I always pleasure in looking forward to going to a restaurant of this caliber. The food is delicious and always consistent.

Parking: Parking can be found at the Down To Earth parking lot up the ramp for free or on the street. We take a cab so we can enjoy the no corkage fee and have a wonderful evening.

Price Range: Medium-High ($15-$30) per Entree
Bring Your Own Alcohol/Wine
No Corkage Fee!

Reservations Not Accepted

Address:
2509 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone Number: (808) 951-7447
Website: www.cafemaharanihawaii.com/

Hours of Operation:
Open daily from 5 pm to 10 pm