Sharing owners with some of London’s top Indian restaurants (including Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and Amaya), the Masala Zone chain is aimed at the budget end of Indian dining. Fortunately, it doesn’t let the side down, delivering punchy flavours, strong spicing and snappy service.
This busy branch – one of seven across London – is tucked behind the Royal Opera House and attracts tourist groups, solo lunchers and many others. Each outlet has the same plain furniture, but its own distinctive decoration: old advertising posters in Islington, tribal drawings in Soho, and a ceiling full of Rajasthani dolls here in Covent Garden. Hot and cold street snacks, including puffed puri biscuits, set you up for mains of meat grills, thalis and regional curries (from a slightly watery goan prawn curry to a gentle saffron korma and more pungent rogan josh).
The thalis are a good bet – assorted little metal bowls holding a variety of vegetable dishes and dals, a choice of main curry, and rice or chapati alongside some tangy chutneys. The venue feels a little canteen-like, and not all the dishes are up to scratch, but it’s a no-nonsense, efficient operation. You can eat well for very little.
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 Covent Garden has several hundred vibrant puppets from Rajasthan suspended from the ceilings.
It is able to handle large parties and groups with ease. It boasts a fine private room which seats up to 50.