royal india / del mar – san diego, ca


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

9 Responses

  1. Jinxi says:

    Hi Mary! I love Indian food and am always looking for new places =) Have you tried Punjabi Tandoor? It’s S’s favorite place – they do a more creamy style of curries, with tamer spices. You might like that place!

    • mary says:

      Hi Jinxi! I have not tried Punjabi Tandoor! I don’t remember the name of the place I where I initially tried Indian food, but they served me burned food and really terribly dry meat. I shouldn’t have let one place deter me. I’ll have to put that on my list of places to try, thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Faye says:

    I’m so glad you were finally able to try this place out. Sis and I like their lunch buffet so it’s nice that you were able to try out their dinner option. I never liked the donut dessert for some reason – it’s like why fry something when you’re just going to soak it in some liquid afterwards and make it soggy 🙂 But yeah, I love cardamom too!!

    • mary says:

      Yeah… what’s the point of frying something to put it into liquid so then it’s not crispy anymore?! I thought maybe it would be like just a glaze on top of some crunchy things. But I guess the description did actually say “juicy milk balls”… hahaha.

  3. I’m glad you gave Indian food another shot. The cuisine is so varied with it’s flavors and textures.

    The brown and green sauces were most likely tamarind and mint chutney. Your chicken tikka masala looked so good. I really like the sauce for that dish.

    I’m with you on the fried but soggy dessert. I’m not a fan of soft/mushy things, especially desserts.

    For a meatless Indian food adventure, try Surati Farsan Mart in Mira Mesa. They have a wide variety of relatively inexpensive snack/street food plates (most under $5) and a lot of really interesting tiny Indian sweets.

    • mary says:

      Soggy desserts are weird, man. I was expecting something else! Thanks for the tips, CC! I think the mart is really, really close to my work, so I’ll definitely check it out. I’m more willing to try things if they’re cheap haha!

  4. Wendy Millar says:

    Thank you for doing a review of an Indian Food restaurant!

  5. I have only had India food in Australia (amazing by way!). I was looking for a new place to go in San Diego, so thank you for the review.

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