Here's a new addition to the Financial District happy hour scene: Gaylord India
("promenade" level of 4 Embarcadero Center, across from the Landmark movie theaters). The drink specials include Indian bottled beers for $4 ($8 for large bottles), house wine for $5.50, and selected cocktails for $6, but the real draw is the selection of $4 appetizers.
Tandoori chicken wings had a good spice rub and came with a refreshing cucumber salad, as well as mint and tamarind sauces (which come with all the appetizers).
lamb samosas had a tasty gamy filling and came with a small serving of
delicious channa masala (chickpeas in spicy sauce).
The one item I wouldn't order again was the interesting-sounding "assorted breads pizza style," which turned out to be a slightly dry naan stuffed with coarsely grated paneer. I guess "pizza style" just meant they sliced it into wedges.
Gaylord's happy hour runs from 5-7 Monday through Friday. As with many of the restaurants and bars in Embarcadero Center, after 5pm you can get four hours of free parking
for a $5 minimum purchase. Just don't forget to bring your ticket and have them validate it.