A Culinary Adventure at Masala Zone (Soho)
Indian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its rich, diverse flavors, and intricate spices. Recently, The OCC had the pleasure of dining at Masala Zone, a charming Indian restaurant that promised an unforgettable culinary journey.
My evening at Masala Zone commenced with the promise of flavourful dishes and a unique twist on history. The standout dish of the night was the Chicken Madras 65, an excellent rendition of a classic curry with a story to tell. Each bite was an explosion of spices that awakened my taste buds, leaving me eager for more.
What sets Masala Zone apart is the fascinating history lesson that accompanied the Chicken Madras 65 starter. It added a layer of depth to the dining experience, making it not just a meal but a journey through time.
Ambiance that Beckons: The restaurant's decor and ambiance are truly stunning. It's a place buzzing with energy and conversation, perfect for a memorable dining experience. The round table setup added to the communal vibe and made us feel part of the excitement.
Attentive Service: The staff at Masala Zone were top-notch. Their attentive service ensured that our needs were promptly met, and they were more than willing to explain the intricacies of the menu. I particularly enjoyed the personalized sauce tray that accompanied our starters.
Meat Lovers' Paradise: The restaurant excelled in its meat dishes, with the lamb sliders being a highlight of the evening. The tender pieces were a testament to the chef's skill, although some may find the tomato dominance in the lamb Rogan Josh a bit overpowering. Spice levels were spot-on for those seeking a flavourful kick.
Price Point: One aspect that left a bit to be desired was the pricing. While the food quality was excellent, the cost, especially for a 33cl beer, might deter some diners. It's essential to factor in your budget when planning a visit.
Customization Constraints: My only real gripe with Masala Zone was the limited menu customization options. It would have been nice to have the flexibility to swap meats in dishes. While they do allow you to taste the sauce before ordering, more choices would have been appreciated.
In conclusion, Masala Zone offers a tantalizing journey through Indian flavors in a vibrant atmosphere. The excellent food quality, attentive service, and the unique Chicken Madras 65 history lesson make it a must-visit for those looking to explore the world of Indian cuisine. While there's room for improvement in terms of customization and pricing, the overall experience is one that's bound to leave a lasting impression. So, if you're up for a culinary adventure, don't hesitate to give Masala Zone a try. Your taste buds will thank you.
Overall this got a 7.65 official rating from earned The OCC sticker of approval!