Dive Deep for Deliciousness [Surati Farsan Mart]

October 14th, 2011  |  Published in Dive Deep for Deliciousness, Eat, Feature, San Diego Dining  |  42 Comments

In the Indian language of Gujarati, Surati Farsan Mart translates to sweets and snacks.  For me, a spicy, cozy $5 dollar lunch while watching R-rated Bollywood hits has always been more than worth the drive up highway 15.  A luscious gem off Black Mountain road serving Indian style tapas, spicy, crunchy snacks, sweet, nut-filled candies & 24 inch crepes.  Before I get a ticket from the grammar police, let me clarify; the crepes are really called Dosas, and they’re made from lentils instead of white flour.  My favorite is the Masala Dosa; translates to 24 inches of lentil pasty stuffed with potatoes and peppers served with a creamy, coconut chutney and spicy, warm vegetable soup.  Are you now ready to get your Bollywood groove on?  9494 Black Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA  92126.

Jenny Johnson

I’m Jenny and I currently reside in San Diego, California. I’m originally from southern Ohio, so my culinary style is Midwest by stock and Southern Cali by flavor. I’m a freelance food writer and also author a dessert blog/website that guarantees to take readers on a crazy, wild ride of classic desserts with a twisted, modern edge made much easier. I may teeter between PG13 and Rated R, but I will always leave room for the imagination. Stop by and say “Hi” at www.VintageSugarcube.com

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  • Gary

    I've never been a big fan of Indian food, but then again about the only thing I know is curry. Thanks for opening my eyes again and enlightening me about the possibilities. You are just a wealth of culinary creative information, Jenny.

    • Gary – Thank you for always making my day brighter! Let's journey up to Surati Farsan Mart together soon. You will swoon. 🙂

  • I never knew there was such a thing as R-rated Bollywood hits. Worse yet, I've been to that market a dozen times and never noticed a theater nearby.

    • Ohh Chad, the R-rated movies play inside the restaurant. I would love to elaborate on why I consider then R-rated, but Culinary Creatives is a PG establishment, so I'll keep my comments to myself (for now). 🙂

  • Jenny – this looks fantastic! I love the photos too.

    • Jeniffer- Thanks a big heap! That's a ginormous compliment coming from a talented gal like yourself. 🙂

  • Ah, you flatter me – Chad is the talented one, I'm just along for the ride.

    So – I was in an Indian restaurant awhile ago – downtown San Diego I think – and in the women's room they had an R-rated Bollywood playing above the hand-drier (exactly where I would place it…) and there was this woman staring at it with this dumbfounded look on her face when I walked in—we just looked at each other and shrugged. I totally forgot about this until now. Brings a whole new meaning to the word Spicy. 🙂

    • Jeniffer.. You and Chad make a great team; dynamic duo. WOW! I've never heard of movies playing in the powder room. I must investigate. 🙂

  • Yum- now I know which route I'm taking on my next trip down to SD. Nice work!

    • Thank you, thank you, and more thank you(s)!! You have to try it on your new trip!! Soooo yum-town.

  • Mitzi

    Seriously I am so excited to come to San Diego in February all because of Jennifer Johnsons creations and critiques of San Diego decadents…

  • Miss Mitzi- I can't wait to show the unscene of Diego baby!!

  • Michelle

    Wow! Sounds deliciously different! Will have to try it the next time I'm in the area.

    • Mos def Michelle.. MOS DEF!!!

  • I love Indian food, but it's so hard to find a place that does it well. If I ever get to San Diego, I'll keep this place in mind.

    • James – if you ever get to San Diego, I'll give you a tour of all the great spots!!! 🙂

  • Holly

    That sounds delicious! I know where you're taking me the next time I visit San Diego!

  • Holly- thanks for stopping by Culinary Creatives. You will be addicted to the Dosas. For realzzzz.

  • June

    I remember this place, they're fast and provide a nice variety. They're a nice switch-up from the other Indian restaurants in the area.

  • June- I couldn't agree more! And lunch for FIVE DOLLARS, always make me HOLLAR!! XOXO

  • Susan

    Jenny, your review is making me hungry!! Thanks for introducing me to a great new spot!

  • Susan – Thank YOU!! If it wasn't for you and Suzanne accompanying me, I wouldn't have had the courage to take 150 pictures , so thank YOU!!! Many more adventures to come. 🙂

  • Jenny,
    Sounds awesome. Pretty close too.
    I will be going there soon. Bollywood flix, & Indian Tapas..
    Done Deal.

  • Gavin- Thanks for stopping by Culinary Creative. You are going to swooooooon for their food. Yum-town!!

  • Joy

    Sounds yummylicious!!!

  • Thanks Joy! Come with me sometime. 🙂

  • Suzanne

    Thanks for discovering this hidden treasure and expanding my taste buds beyond curry and rice.
    Very appetizing photos. Definitely worth a detour.

  • Suzanne – Thanks for accompanying me and putting up with me snapping a gazillion photos. You will have to accompany on more culinary adventures. 🙂

  • Kika

    I can attest to the amazing food at Surati Farsan! Jenny introduced me to it earlier this year and my mouth has never been happier! The curry dish I had was fantastic and the Dosas will blow your mind! You have an amazing eye for the hot spots around town Jenny – thanks for sharing!

  • Kika – Thanks a million for stopping by Culinary Creatives! Sooo happy you liked Surati. I'll be diving deep for more hidden deeeeliciousness. Stay tuned!! 🙂

  • Jim

    Mmmm… Would love to try this place on our next visit to SD.

  • Jim- Mos Def!!! You will love it. Come visit soooooooon. 🙂

  • Alexi

    My favorite!! Just hope it doesn't get too crowded now.

  • Alexi- I am laughing uncontrollably. When I was in there the other day, it reminded me of Southpark. Every has gotten hip to the hip. 🙂

  • Christina

    I LOVE INDIANNNNN!!!!!! We'll have to try out your place next time I am in town! I love me some SPICE <3

  • Miss Christina- yes, yes, and YESSSS!!! We roll'n there gurrrrllll. 🙂

  • Meenal

    oh Surati Farsan, how I miss you! Although, Kundan's Kitchen is pretty damn good too! 🙂

    • Meenal – I haven't stopped talking about the food at your wedding. Beyond deelish. 🙂

  • Meenal

    Oh wait! I just noticed your first picture – thank you! 🙂 That weekend was a "guju" as it was gonna get!

  • Guju is now officially my new favorite word. I will be using it as often as possible. Gotta run and get my guju on!! 🙂

  • Lori

    Makes me wish I lived a little closer to try all these places out!!

  • Lori- Thanks for stopping by Culinary Creative. You'll have to come and visit! You're overdue for a trip. 🙂