"These guys just joined Open Table and I researched Yelp reviews because there were so few. I gotta say, this was one of the best Indian Food Restaurants I have been to on a block of Grand Avenue that I rarely go to. We had 2 dishes but I gotta warn ya. Medium Spice on the Prawn Karahi was still mind-blowing. I love it that way, but wondered if I had actually ordered it spicy what would have happened. The shrimp was very tender and fresh. The Madras Chicken was EXCELLENT as well. We ordered a bottle of wine, totally fair and literally rolled out of there with leftovers which were great the next day as well. Off the hook Naan; the plain goes with everything.... I will say the chanting music was a little weird during dinner, but the food? Off the hook. Ambience? Lots of families and take out folks. I wouldn't call it romantic, but reasonably priced, plentiful food and very enjoyable. If they had booths vs. big tables with glass tops, that would make it a little more intimate, but I guess that's not "traditional". Nonetheless, we enjoyed it immensely."See more
"Great place for casual dining, lots of good selections of beer, cocktails and food. You can have a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon for dinner if you'd like. I was impressed. The food was prepared well, arrived in a timely fashion and the server was nice. They also made some excellent music choices, well done Grand Lake Kitchen. I would definitely come back anytime I'm in Oakland."See more
"A friend and I took our 5- and 6-year old sons to dinner here in the early evening prior to a kid-friendly show at the Paramount. The servers were so kind and patient with our kiddos, and the food was yummy and arrived quickly! I love the decor and ambience at Spice Monkey, and want to go back for adult beverages sometime soon. Great little downtown spot!"See more
"Wow. The presentation was top notch, but the food was even better than the presentation. I've eaten at many places where the presentation was outstanding (Hello Atelier Crenn) but the food did not live up to the promise of the presentation. I am glad to say that my tongue was even happier than my eyes. And, there was plenty of food. And the price for this kind of food was super reasonable.
I'm a tough grader, but even the worst dish would get an A- from me. All other dishes were solid A's or A+'s. I was really really happy with this dinner. I can't wait to go back to see what they are going to produce next season (the menu changes seasonally).
This is easily one of the best food experiences you can have in Northern California. GO NOW!"See more