Masala Zone Soho, has been located at Marshall Street in Soho since 2001, and has recently undergone a revamp. It looks more upmarket now, with gorgeous interiors and a classy bar, called the Bangal Bar.
It is a lovely spacious venue and having eaten at the Islington and Camden branches, was really intrigued to try the Soho venue. We really like the Masala Zone branches we have dined at for their affordable, hearty, tasty food, especially the thalis.
The menu has a mixture of some of the classics from all the Masala Zone branches, as well as some new dishes, which are unique to the Soho restaurant. This is exciting as you can try something new, so if you are a regular at any of their other branches, you can experience something different.
To start off with, we got some refreshing drinks as it was a particularly warm and sunny day. The restaurant has large glass floor length windows, so it is really lovely and bright inside.
I went for a Chaas, and Amit went for a mocktail. I love having chaas with indian food, as it really balances the spices for me.
For starters we went for the Gol Guppa Pops and these were so delicious and beautifully presented. Thoughtfully there were 2 each for us, not an awkward number, which is my pet peeve in some restaurants.
We also tried the Chettinad Pepper Chicken, which was full of flavour, had a little kick, and were moreish.
The starters were delicious, and portions were really good, and the prices are really reasonable for its Soho location.
Amit then ordered a Cucumber and Mint Nimboo Pani, which was so good I was actually really jealous. It also kind of looks like a Mojito!
For our mains, we both went for a thali each. Mine was a butter chicken thali, and Amit went for the Nilgiri Vegetarian thali. Each thali has curry, papad with chutney (which was amazing), 2 vegetable pots, 1 dal, which was a lentil dal, and rice with 2 chapattis. I love butter chicken, and this one was superb.
The portions were so good and we were both so stuffed. Our eyes are bigger than out stomach though, so we had also ordered a Mysore vegetarian dosa. It was incredible. Paper thin and crispy, and its accompaniments were just so delicious too. We managed to finish it and were so proud of ourselves.
Everyone has space for dessert though right? Feeling super lethargic and in a food coma, we braved dessert. Amit went for a mango shrikhand, and I went for gajar halva, whose presentation was just wow!
Both desserts were really delectable and all in all the meal was really tasty, with really good portion sizes, and at a very impressive price.
Masala Zone Soho is the perfect place for a lunch or dinner, whilst you are in the hustle and bustle of Soho and its surroundings. Really love the thalis and would recommend it for a casual, yet beautiful and trendy venue to catch up with friends over some good food and drinks.
The service is amazing and not intrusive at all, but nearby should you need anything. The staff are really knowledgable about the dishes too, which is a major plus point.
For more information, go to: http://www.masalazone.com
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary meal however all opinions and photos are my own.