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.
Welcome to one of London’s best Indian informal dining restaurants.
We and our sister restaurants serve the varied, delicious tastes of real Indian food (totally different from local curry houses) in contemporary yet exotic Indian popular art settings. We are pioneers of Indian street food.
The Zagat London Restaurants Survey has rated us as the most popular restaurant group.
Masala Zone, comprising of six Indian brasserie restaurants, are located in central London. In addition we are in Selfridges in the Food Hall as well as in the fourth floor Selfridges Kitchen.
We are part of a unique collection of London’s finest Indian restaurants – including the legendary Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and Amaya.
We offer enjoyable, memorable dining experiences, delicious Indian cuisines, exciting interiors and stylish hospitality. This is combined with young, friendly and bright waiting staff.
Come for genuine delicious Indian food. No curry house food here.
Each Masala Zone restaurant combines different forms of exciting Indian folk or tribal art with contemporary design. We create different environments while reassuring you that the quality of the food and the service is consistently good.
Masala Zone Camden has evocative, colourful and humorous Indian posters created in the 1930s and 1940s advertising Western products.
It boasts a fine private room which seats up to 50.