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.
Masala Grill is the newest exciting restaurant creation of the owners of the celebrated Chutney Mary, Amaya and Veeraswamy restaurants. It is located on the site formerly occupied by Chutney Mary which has moved to St James's.
It has won much praise, including from the Michelin Guide which said it is a worthy successor to Chutney Mary. It is designed as an affordable but memorable restaurant where customers will wish to return frequently.
Featuring authentic Indian craftsmanship in an informal yet eclectic setting, we have curated a menu of real home cooking, street food favourites and lively grills.
It also serves a fine buffet lunch on Sundays at £26 for adults and £13 for children under ten.
Two splendid private dining rooms are available - seating 30 and 28. The restaurant can also be made available for exclusive hire during weekdays (all day and dinner), and weekend lunches.
The drinks list features a mix of exotic and classic cocktails such as a hot martini, a marigold, and a nimboo pani martini, as well as a good selection of wines from around the world, many of which are under £30 a bottle.