I have eaten at some great Indian-fusion restaurants in large cities (Manhattan, the SF bay area, Chicago, etc.) and was excited that Monsoon touted itself as one. I have been there a few times, twice for dinner and twice for their late night happy hour. I prefer the dinner seating…service is friendly and quick, and the wait staff are pleasant. The late night happy hour lacks the same friendliness: the bartenders tend to keep to themselves or talk to one of their friends, and the customers are mostly inebrieated and look at me as an easy mark when I walk in, not an appealing atmosphere.
The food is good…I used a groupon the first time I went, and the server pointed me to a couple of entrees on the menu that she recommended as being a good value for the groupon. She was very helpful in deciphering some of the complicated-sounding cocktails on the menu as well. Some of those drinks are no longer being served, more’s the pity.
Samosas are delicious, as are the chaat masala-dusted fries, and my friend loved the tamarind wings.
1020 16th St
Sacramento, CA 95814