Time Out rating:
<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5
<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Oct 20 2011
Even though Masala Zone is a chain clearly designed to reach a wider public, it is reassuring to see plenty of Indian customers still enjoying lunch here. There are certainly cheaper places they could go, and others more highfaluting (a notable few run by the Zone’s owners – Camellia and Namita Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani), but this place offers a persuasive mix of good cooking, keen prices, stylish surroundings and friendly service.
Thalis (grand and regular) form the crux of the menu, but you’ll also find around 15 curries, birianis served with dal, grills and street snacks. Bubbly crisp-shelled chicken and pea samosas had a juicy filling that didn’t stint on chilli powder; we quelled the fire with thick vanilla lassi and a refreshing apple and mint juice combo. Rarely seen Sindhi dishes include chana dabalroti, the rich vegetarian version featuring chickpeas, lotus root (apparently) and chunks of bread in a tomatoey masala.
It was a lip-smacking mixed grill that scored highest on our last visit, though: fat, juicy prawns, tender smoky mutton chops and generous hunks of chicken tikka – great value at £10.75, served with naan, salad and zingy mint raita.