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Published May 27th 2014
More Than Masala
Masala Zone is home to mix of genuine Indian cuisine. Here you won't find all your traditional mainstream dishes that are present in many curry houses along Brick Lane, but those that fuse south and northern dishes to bring you variety and choice.
Onion Bhajis @ Masala Zone Camden (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
After passing this restaurant regularly on my way to gym, my partner and I decided to stop in and try it for yourselves. We were greeted by friendly waitstaff, who sat us down and explained some of the specials on offer and the unique dishes on their menu.
After some quick deliberation we decided on the always delicious fritter goodness of their onion bhajis as our starter, followed by a rojan josh for myself and a butter chicken for my partner.
A must for any Indian meal is fresh hot naan, a staple in north Indian meals. We opted for the garlic naan which came out warm, buttery and with pieces of finely chopped garlic, and the Peshwari naan filled with a mixture of nuts and raisins, including pistachios.
Accompanying our order was a a masala Coke-a-Cola and a lassi. A lassi is a traditional yoghurt drink served sweet or savoury, depending on whether you prefer vanilla or strawberry, or with Indian spices.
I decided to go for the Madagascan vanilla lassi which was a thick drink. I later realised that perhaps the spiced cola with fresh lime would have been a wiser non-alcoholic choice to match my main course.
The food was quick to come out with onion bhajis the size of tennis balls and the garlic and Peshwari naan sliced into manageable triangles with a very soft dough. These were possibly some of the best tasting naans in North London.
Rogan Josh & Pilau Rice @ Masala Zone Camden (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Masala Zone, unlike Brick Lane, gives you exactly what you paid for and your chance of getting any type of deal or free 'papadums' is slim to none.
With naan and bhajis being the standout, it is safe to say Masala Zone could always work as a stop over to satisfy any small-sized Indian culinary desire you may have. Mains I suggest you choose wisely - whilst mine was delicious with tender chicken, the butter chicken was quite tomato-laden and lacked much flavour.
If you have any room left, I suggest you try the Kulfi ice cream. Made from sweetened condensed milk, it will be any dessert fans dream.
Masala Zone has six locations around London including Soho, Covent Garden, Earls Court, Bayswater, Islington and of course Camden. No matter where you are located in London you will be sure to find one close to you.