Update: The giveaway portion is now closed and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations to #4 Jess!

Recently FH and I were invited to dine at Royal India in downtown San Diego. We’ve visited several times, but usually for their weekend lunch buffet. We’ve only been there once for dinner and it was a long time ago. I was excited to check out their dinner offerings. At the end of this post, you can enter my giveaway to win dinner for two at Royal India.

There’s a pretty waterfall in the dining area that I’ve always admired.

I was happy to see that the menu has expanded since our dinner visit a few years ago. There were so many options, I had a hard time choosing. You can view the full menu here.

Complimentary starter


Two different chutney sauces, one sweet and one sour.

Mango Lassi and Blue Wave. Can you guess which one is FH’s?

Mixed Meat Appetizers (Chicken pakora, fish pakora, lamb samosa)

Since I couldn’t decide on one appetizer we chose a mixed plate. My favorite was the fish pakora which was moist and crisp. It reminded me of fish and chips.

I also liked the samosa though I couldn’t really taste the lamb meat. It tasted like ground beef.

Seekh Kabab Curry (minced meat mixed with exotic herbs and spices)

Surprisingly this curry did not have any spice level, which ended up being perfect for FH and his low spiciness tolerance. He found the herbs and spices a little overwhelming but I liked his curry.

Mango Pineapple Curry with lamb

The curry was sweet and pretty spicy even though I only ordered a level 5 out of 10.  There were a lot of tender lamb chunks contained within.

The curries were accompanied with fluffy basmati rice which we both really enjoyed.

We also got an order of naan to soak up the curry. I’ve always liked the naan at Royal India. It’s very thin but still chewy and fluffy. Some places burn theirs, some places make it very thick, but the ones I’ve eaten at Royal India are always perfect every time.

We ordered this mango dessert.

I can’t find it on the menu and I don’t recall the name. It’s basically mango with cream, raisins and coconut flakes. It’s a very liquidy, like a soup. It tasted very similar to the mango lassi though a little sweeter and with some texture added from the raisins and coconut flakes. I liked it but after having the mango lassi it was almost having the same thing again.

We previously had the kheer pudding here before which we really loved. It’s been our favorite version of kheer pudding we’ve come across and we haven’t found any other that tastes the same. So while I liked the mango, next time I’ll stick with the kheer pudding.

We had a lot of food and left full with many leftovers. The service here is very attentive and polite. The servers always said “excuse me” before interrupting us.

So now onto the giveaway. If you are interested in checking out Royal India or you are already a fan, here’s your chance to win dinner for two. One winner will be chosen and mailed a gift certificate for dinner for 2 (Up to $50, alcohol not included) at Royal India. You have until 11:59 pm on April 20, 2012 to enter. To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me which entree you’re most interested in trying. For an additional entry, Like my blog on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so. If you already like me on Facebook, leave a separate comment telling me that. Good luck!

Please note, our meal was complimentary, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Royal India
329 Market St
San Diego, CA
(619) 269-9999
https://royalindia.com/
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35 Responses to “Royal India and Win Dinner For Two”

  1. Donald — April 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I’d love to try that Mango Pineapple curry with Lamb! Love the post!

  2. Kevin — April 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I would try the Royal Lamb Malai, it sounds delicious.

  3. Cliff — April 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I would choose the Prawn Pepper Masala.

  4. Jess — April 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Heard of this restaurant for awhile and all the dishes look very delicious in your photos! The Mango Pineapple Curry with Lamb is particular interesting.

  5. Jessica — April 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    mango pineapple curry with lamb!

  6. Lindsey W.B — April 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve liked you on facebook for a while now, it’s great to see your posts before I get to my daily check of the blog!

    As for the menu, my bf is a classic with Tikka Masala, but the Lamb Rogan Josh sounds super exciting and delicious to me!

  7. Christina C. — April 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I love Chicken Tikka Masala so I’d order that. :)

  8. Christina C. — April 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I liked you on Facebook.

  9. Minxi — April 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Lamb shank!! I have a minor obsession with lamb shank :P

  10. Minxi — April 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    And I “liked” your page on fb :)

  11. Kathy — April 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I want to try their vegetable malai kofta!

  12. Kathy — April 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    And I have already “like” your blog on Facebook!

  13. Harvitron — April 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I’d like to try the Seekh Kabab Curry, but with the spiciness level amped up a lot!

  14. Amy Hoang — April 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I want to try the Seekh Kabab Curry because I don’t have much of a tolerance of spiciness either. I am actually drooling over the naan and rice the most though ^^

    Thank you for this contest!

  15. Amy Hoang — April 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I liked you on Facebook!!!

    Thank you for the contest!

  16. Kristen — April 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    The skeeh kabab looks super tasty! Would love to try this place!

  17. Miki — April 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I would love to try the mango pineapple curry with lamb because fruity curry sounds really good.

  18. kathleen — April 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I so want to try that mango pineapple curry with lamb! yummy!

  19. kathleen — April 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

    And I just liked you on Facebook :)

  20. Grace — April 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’d love to try the pineapple curry!

  21. Sophie — April 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I would love to try chicken coconut pineapple!

  22. Sophie — April 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I liked your facebook page

  23. Kyung — April 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    mango pineapple curry with lamb :)

  24. Kyung — April 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    “like” for fb!

  25. Jeff — April 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    naan! -one of my favorite foods ever!!, so I’d love to try this “perfect” naan =D

  26. Brian — April 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I want to try the Mango Pineapple Curry with lamb!
    Lamb is too good not to try.

  27. Brian — April 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I just liked your facebook

  28. Carol — April 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    The Mango Pineapple Curry with lamb looks delicious!

  29. Victor Campo — April 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Wow, those photos look great. They really makes me want to visit the restaurant and try some of that tasty food. The Seekh Kabab Curry is first on my list, I think. Thanks for the post.
    If you’re interested in something unique in Chula Vista, visit us for some great Mexican food.
    Take care.

  30. Sandy — April 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Mango pineapple curry sounds delicious, although if there’s a choice of protein, I’d pick something other than lamb.

  31. Faye — April 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Tikka masala! Or anything in tikka masala!

  32. Valerie — April 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I want to try it ALL! Indian is one of my favorite cuisines and your photos are tantalizing my taste buds. But if I must choose just one, I would have to say the Mango Pineapple Curry with Lamb. I love the element of sweet in spicy food.

  33. Valerie — April 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    …Oh, and I “like” your Facebook page.

  34. Adrienne — April 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Seekh Kabab Curry! Looks good and sounds delicious!

  35. Adrienne — April 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I have alre

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