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Member Name: Hanash1984
Date: 17/11/11, updated on 17/11/11 (18 review reads)
Advantages: Unique, Taste, Flavours
Disadvantages: Only in London!
Masala Zone is part of a chain of indian restaurants, Masala World which include the higher end restaurants of Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and Amaya!
Masala Zone is an average priced chain of 7 restaurants, currently only situated in London.
Each restaurant has a different interior, from rajasthani puppets in Covent Garden, to tribal murals In Islington. Each has a contemporary feel and are very clean. I have visited Soho, Covent Garden, Islington and Camden. Soho is a rather busy restaurant, and as such I don't find the atmosphere to be as enjoyable as the others.
The other 3 are Bayswater, Earls Court and Fulham.
Unlike the majority of Indian restuarants, Masala Zone offers something different. I only discovered it a few years ago, and since then it has become my favourite Indian restaurant.
Whilst it may not be what some expect from a traditional restaurant, the culinary experience is most enjoyable.
The menu has an extensive range of choices, from street food, to thali's to curry and rice, to kebabs. Dessert is also on offer, from Gulab Jamun to Kulfi.
It is possible to create a meal simply out of the various dishes of street food on offer, which include hot and cold, meat and vegetarian.
One of my favourite of these dishes is the vegetarian dahi puri, which is a puffed biscuit filled with chick pea mash, pomegranate, ginger, coriander, yoghurt and chutney. The idea is you pop it into your mouth whole and all the flavours intertwine. I personally prefer to eat it in pieces.
For a main meal I choose the thali, as I like to have a little bit of everything.
The thali is a nutritionally balanced meal and there are 2 types to choose from, the regular or the grand thali. Each has added side dishes, with the grand having more than the regular. I opt for the grand thali. With each thali you can choose which curry from the menu you wish to have. My favourite is Chicken Mangalore, which combines coconut and tomato and has a slight kick. I find the ingredients used to be of a high quality, the spices and herbs are fresh and zingy and the taste of each dish is just amazing. You can really taste the different flavours and ingredients used.
Special drinks on offer include Lassi in flavours plain, strawberry and mango, Juices such as orange and mango, apple and pomegranate, apple and mint, and a special lime squash, Nimboo Pani which is very refreshing. There is also wine and beer on offer, as well as a selection of spirits.
There are special lunch and pre 6.30pm offer, where you can have a three course meal for under £12!
All Masala Zone restaurants benefit from street level access and disabled toilets.
High Chairs are available and there is a children's menu for under 7's!
As well as being a restaurant, Masala Zone also offers a delivery service providing you live within 1.5 miles of a restaurant. Unfortuantely I don't so have not experienced this.
If are interested in a different culinary experience, then I recommend Masala Zone!
Summary: My Favourite Indian Restaurant!