Chutney Mary restaurant renamed and relaunched, and still serving good Indian food
Formerly known as Chutney Mary, this recently reupholstered and renamed restaurant is the latest Indian venue to join the Panjabi sisters’ portfolio of Amaya, Veeraswamy, and the Masala Zone chain. It’s not the end of the line for the mould-breaking Chutney Mary though – it’s relocating to a new site in central London. Dishes at Masala Grill are slightly cheaper and more grounded than the courtly Indian cooking served by its predecessor. The menu now embraces tandoori grills, earthy dahls, street snacks and pan-Indian curries.
Our homely Bengali chicken curry, simmered in mustardy masala, was excellent. Tender chicken morsels were cloaked in a pungent mustard oil-based sauce, tastefully speckled with tiny brown mustard seeds, and softened by the creamy sweetness of roasted and pounded white poppy seeds.
Slow-roasted leg of lamb was appreciated for its tenderness and smoky brown cardamom spicing, but the juices lacked stridency and fell short on flavour. Other dishes were merely competently executed. The vegetarian thalis, similar to those offered at Masala Zone, included mainly north Indian dishes: Punjabi-style paneer in creamy tomato sauce, gingery cauliflower florets cooked with peas, and mixed vegetable curry studded with gram flour dumplings.
Despite the conscious shift from fine dining destination to family-friendly restaurant, this place still has a formal setting with old school service. The lovely, airy conservatory remains a main feature, and is now brightened by red and yellow bunting. On our visit it was already attracting families blessed with well- behaved children, business people and well-to-do local residents. Going for an Indian won’t be a revelatory experience at Masala Grill, but dining here will deliver decent renditions of regional cooking in a very refined setting.
|Venue name:||Masala Grill||Contact:|
535 King's Road
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 6.30pm-11.15pm; Sat 6pm-11.15pm; Sun Sunday 12.30pm-3pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Fulham Broadway or bus 11, 22|
|Price:||Main courses £11-£24|
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These people create heavenly food: light, full of flavour, exquisitely plated. If you're uncertain what to try, take a Thali: a large tray full of little bowls, each containing a different dollop of heaven. Also try the cocktails - they're fabulous! Masala Grill is now a staple for every visit to Kings Rd!
I absolutely love Masala Grill. It is as close to home-made food as it could get in London. Its very tastefully decorated, and the service is great. The food is awesome, which is probably why you see so many non-Indians dining here as well. So far, this place has never let me down. I will be a loyal visitor.
This is a very smoothly run, moderately priced Indian restaurant on the kings rd that shouldn't be missed by those who consider themselves well-versed in the cuisine of the sub-continent. We found both food and atmosphere conducive to casual conversation in a festive atmosphere. The Thali and chicken is delightful and nicely spiced.
I went to Masala Grill with my wife last night, to experience the new restaurant. The food was delicious, well priced and we both enjoyed our experience. I had the scallops and then the chicken tikka and my wife had the chicken samosas (not seen that dish before) then the Kerala green chicken curry. Delicious and well presented. The service was attentive and excellent, the pricing was lower than I had expected, which is a pleasant surprise for diners. The cocktails were well made and the glassware excellent. Overall a great experience
Ok we tried this last night high expectations because of chutney Mary and loved it. Hubby had duck breast and scallops and I had lamb kebab and butter chicken. Great cocktails too. Five out of five whoop
Id eaten here when it was Chutney Mary. It looks different but the food quality is just the same - excellent. Prices are pretty good and cheaper than Chutney Mary. We had an amazing dinner there. The authentic Indian atmosphere and traditional food really impressed me. The combination of ingredients and spices is exceptional. I also want to add that the service was remarkable. My personal favorite was the Saag Goshi (the lamb). It was spectacular with it's rich spices and excellent accompanying sauce.