Masala Grill is a fine dining, upmarket Indian restaurant located in Chutney Mary’s former residency, on the very trendy Kings Road in Chelsea.
We had been to the gorgeous venue a long time ago when Chutney Mary was located there. Now that it has re-located to St James, we were pleased to be invited to try Masala Grill.
The venue is as pretty as I remember it last, with a gorgeous bright and spacious area at the back. As we were early, I was pleased to be able to capture some pictures before other diners arrived.
It was a lovely warm day and we started off with some Martinis. Amit went for the Mirchi Martini, which is made from in-house infused chilli vodka, passion fruit and cranberry juice.
I went for the Nimboo Pani Matini, which is gin, fresh lime juice and mint as it sounded refreshing and upon tasting it, it was absolutely perfect!
Whenever we go for an Indian meal Amit always orders Lamb Seekh Kebab and this was beautifully presented and full of flavour. Lamb can either taste meaty or marinated well and this was cooked really amazingly.
Our third choice of starters which was my favourite, was chilli and sesame fried crispy prawns. The flavour of it was unbelievably good and just typing this up is making me crave them.
From the grills section, we were recommended the Raan Khyberi, which is a leg of lamb cooked for over 12 hours with immense flavours of black cardamom, star anise, and caramelised onion. It was heavenly and if you like lamb this is a must order dish.
For mains, we had 2 curries. The first was Amritsari Chicken, which is a flavourful kadai style chicken.
The second was a southern Indian special – prawn Malabari, which had flavours of ginger, curry leaf and coconut. These are some of my favourite ingredients and this was a dream combination.
Baingan Bhartha, which is smoked aubergine, was our choice of side and really delectable.
No prizes for guessing that we had raita and this one was a Cucumber and mint raita, which was really refreshing, fresh and the perfect accompaniment to balance out the spices in the curries.
The curries had the right amount of heat balanced with flavour and were incredibly tasty. My favourite out of the two was prawn malabari.
For our breads I had garlic naan and Amit had roti. We were so stuffed but the dessert sounded fabulous so we both had one each.
I had gulab jamun with salted caramel ice cream. The gulab jamun is one of the nicest I have tasted, hands down! The marriage with the salted caramel was just wow!
Amit had raspberry samosas which he really really enjoyed and he said it wasn’t overly sweet.
The service was excellent and the venue is so pretty. I would really recommend an Indian meal here and the food is heavenly. It tastes like proper Indian food, authentic and full of delightful flavours.
For more information go to: http://www.masalagrill.co