Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gaslamp Dinner

Upon check-in at our hotel we were given a detailed map of the Gaslamp District listing out all the bars, restaurants and clubs that make up the party district. We were heading back to the Gaslamp District to check out the Altitude Sky Lounge at the top of the Gaslamp Marriott. We soon realized the Marriott hotel was across the street from Petco Field where a San Diego Padres vs. LA Dodges baseball game just ended and people were pouring into the streets, bars, restaurants and lining up for the elevator to the rooftop bar. We decided a Saturday night post-baseball game was not the night to check out the view. But the night wasn't a total bust, along our leisurely walk to the lounge we passed an Indian restaurant that smelled divine and decided to have a late night dinner there. We didn't realized how glamourous Masala Indian Restaurant was until we were seated inside.
We weren't super hungry so we decided to order 3 appetizers to share and 2 signature cocktails. Unfortunately everything about this meal was flat. Even though we ordered house specialty cocktails they tasted watered down and interesting (not bad, just interesting). We ordered the crispy green beans, tandori chicken lettuce wraps and lamb stuffed naan. The portions were huge and filling within a few bites. The green beans quickly became monotonous to eat after just a few. The tandori chicken lettuce wraps were wet, not smokey tandori chicken we were hoping for. The only item we couldn't comment on is the lamb naan, which we ended up taking with us. The thick bready naan just wasn't appetizing after the other items. We were hoping to snack on it the days that followed, but ended up taking the naan with us as a snack on the plane ride home. We knew the restaurants in the Gaslamp District were touristy, so were weren't too disappointed. The warm night air mixed with the relaxed festival atmosphere of the area was exactly what we were hoping for.
Mike Looking at the Menu
Masala's Dining Room
Masala Dining Room
Masala Restaurant Condiments
Tempura Green Beans
Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lamb Stuff Naan

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