Masala Zone

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Masala Zone
Camden
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Branches of this smart, clever chain are popping up faster than mustard seeds in a hot pan of ghee. Each outlet is decorated with a different theme – on Parkway it’s advertising posters of the 1930s and ’40s; at Covent Garden Rajasthani puppets hang from the ceiling; in Soho, Islington and Earl’s Court the walls feature striking work by tribal artists.

The mood is both vibrant and relaxed – as cheering to singletons having a thali for supper, as it is to family groups and couples. Conceived by the Panjabi sisters of Chutney Mary and Amaya fame, Masala Zone is not expensive, yet even so there’s a high rotation of attractive discount offers.

The menu takes in street-food snacks (springy, grease-free onion bhaji; dahi poori), wraps, grills, curried noodles, curry and rice plates. There are also two sizes of thali; well-trained, multicultural staff describe the daily veg, dahl and raita on your arrival, and you choose which of the curries you would like included – clove-scented lamb roghan gosht, say, or a tomatoey tilapia masala.

To drink, try the cola with mint and spices, or the bright, fruity Portuguese rosé created specially to match the fiery dishes.

Venue name: Masala Zone
Contact:
Address: 25 Parkway
London
NW1 7PG
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.30-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Fri. Meals served 12.30-11pm Sat; 12.30-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Camden Town tube
Price: Main courses £6.85-£12.95. Thalis £8.35-£9.20

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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hugo g

This restaurant is indeed my favorite Indian restaurant in London. The great flavours, taste & presentation of each & every dish is stunning and the staff takes complete pride in explaining the dishes to the customers.


Overall, an authentic Indian restaurant and cannot be compared to any of the curry houses in UK.

Charles C

                                          I came across it when walking past, and was attracted to the array of beaded suspended lights. The food was refreshingly different and far better than your standard curry house.  I tried the grand thali - the collection of little bowls of different dishes, which was all very good. Different flavours and textures, properly cooked and spiced. Staff were attentive and explained the menu well.More expensive than your average curry house, but worth it

siobhan f

We were visiting London when we went to this restaurant for a dinner. Ordered mangalore green chicken curry thali and rogan josh thali. Special mention for chapatis which are as good as homemade. Both were outstanding. Ambiance and Service is great. Recommend to everyone looking for authentic and fresh Indian food

dishan c

We came here after getting a recommendation for a baby-friendly restaurant and on a Sunday evening with an 8 month old we had a fantastic experience. The food was delicious and good value for money, but what set it apart was the service. All of the staff were courteous and polite and interacted with our baby. Nothing was too much trouble and one waiter even came over to help distract him whilst we were feeding him. We will certainly be back.

sean c

Very pleasant staff, very helpful and knowledgeable of menu, didn't have a thali but starter and main course and it was delicious, fresh and full of flavour, desert was lovely too. Would definitely recommend and most certainly return. Excellent value too!

Anthony O

Had their Grand Thali (pick a curry and the rest is done for you). Selected Lamb Vindaloo. Nicely spiced but not as hot as expected - I guess designed for the average palett. I came with side dishes of lentils, aubergene, raita and rice with nan bread, popadom and two chutneys - chilli mint and a sweet chutney. The chiili mint was sublime. My wife had the smaller Thali.

All washed down with a bottle of Chillean Merlot and with 12.5% service came to £51.

Matilda

I must question the other reviews as Masala Zone is the worst Indian I have ever had in London. There are a couple of other Indian restaurants in Camden which are much much better (Maharani, Naamaste). I live in Camden and will not be going back anytime soon.

James Dale

Amazing authentic Indian cooking. Fantastic choice available by choosing the 'Thali' - a great way of having a bit of everything!

Tia

Amazing decor and a very friendly and welcoming staff. The food is amazing with good variety for starters main course and grilled stuff. I went for more traditional 'thali' which was very tasty and too filling lol. I loved it ans will visit again

Debby

Highly Recommended. Genuine Delicious Food. Love the street food. Friendly staff; Good atmosphere. Debby

Andrew

Delightful place. Smashing authentic food. Not greasy. great street food. love the grand thali. Friendly zippy staff. Cool posters. Good value

Alex

I have to agree with Laurie, I thought the food was very poor, and the poppadums absolutely vile! If you want real Indian food, don't go to a chain.