Kohinoor Indian Cuisine 

191 Military East
Benicia, CA 94510 

707.742.4082 

Kohinoorindianbenicia.com

The verdict is in! 

Kohinoor recently opened in Benicia to rave reviews. According to their website: “Get on a flavor packed journey through the heart of Indian cuisine!” This family-owned restaurant offers a casual dining experience with friendly service. “Kohinoor” is Persian for “Mountain of Light” and also describes one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing 105.6 carats, part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.  The name Kohinoor is said to be full of fortune and good luck.    

Popular dishes at Kohinoor include Chicken Tikka Kabab, Butter Chicken and Saag (spinach) Paneer. The Naan (Indian bread) is exceptional and is available in several varieties. The Lamb Curry is delicious and, if you’re feeling adventurous, there is also Goat Curry—bone-in!  French fries and wraps are also on the menu if you prefer the familiar. 

Try the fiery heat of the tandoori specialties or reach for the comforting warmth of the aromatic curries. 

Vegan and vegetarian dishes are plentiful.  Indian Chai, Mango Lassi and Rose Milk are among the Indian drink specialties. Wine and beer are also available.  Gracie loves that plenty of yogurt and chutney sides are offered as desired—try them with the delicious and crispy Papadum. A taste of India in downtown Benicia is welcome, with authentic dishes that tickle your tastebuds! 

Take-out and delivery are available along with a small dine-in area. Open 7 days a week from 12 noon – 9 pm.

The Hundred Foot Journey 

2014 Comedy-Drama-Thriller 
122 minutes
Rated PG
Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Spielberg
Apple TV, Amazon Prime and YouTube 

A battle takes place in a French village between two restaurants that are directly across from each other—100 feet away—a short but fraught trip for the various characters as the plot thickens. 

Helen Mirren plays Madame Mallory, owner of Le Saule Pleureur (The Weeping Willow), a pricey and elegant French restaurant graced with a Michelin star. But she’s driven and wants more, always more.  Highly competitive and snobbish Mme. Mallory comes with sharp angles, biting quips and intimidating glares. She easily resorts to sabotage.  

The Kadams, a displaced Indian family, arrive across the street, opening a new eatery, Maison Mumbai, in a town that might not even know what Indian cuisine is.  Hassan Kadam, played by Manish Dayal, is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. He has unwavering faith in his food and is boisterous and jovial with warm hearted optimism. Om Puri, the famed Indian actor, plays Papa Kadam. 

The story is set in the south of France, with lush countryside surrounding the small, bucolic rural village.

The excellent writing narrates the clash of two beautiful cultures via their respective culinary grandeur.  The food, both Indian and French, is gorgeous and titillating.  Hilarity ensues as these two entrepreneurial chefs battle each other for culinary dominance.  

Filled with the joy of life and scattered with the inevitable sorrows, it’s an enjoyable ride.  If you’re looking for a feel-good movie with a bit of drama, a bit of romance, laughs along the way, world-class acting and charming surroundings, then settle in for a happy break from the frenzy of the day-to-day. 

The Hundred Foot Journey movie art