Calling all North Londoners! I am so pleased to have the swish Mala Indian Brasserie arrive on Whetstone’s High Street, bringing both traditional and contemporary North Indian cuisine to the area in an absolutely stunning restaurant with plush interiors and a classy style, and if you are searching for a superb Indian dining experience this side of the Northern Line, Mala Indian Brasserie ticks all the boxes.
I was kindly invited to review Mala Indian Brasserie being local to the area and my first impressions upon walking in were that it was a lovely upscale restaurant and a super venue to dine with family and friends as well as being perfect for a romantic date night, enjoying decadent food in lovely surroundings with a lovely glass of wine in hand.
The restaurant is spacious and the tables are well set apart so that you have a little privacy when dining, which is fantastic.
The menu is really extensive and caters well for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, and they also have an impressive wine and cocktail list, making it the perfect venue for a fabulous evening of food and drinks.
Whilst we perused the menu, we nibbled on poppadoms and a trio of chutneys, my favourite being the mango chutney.
Being a paneer fan, for my starters I opted for the Chilli Paneer with Cashew nuts which were perfectly marinated pieces of paneer stir fried with garlic pepper, chilli and soy sauce with the added crunch from the cashew nuts. I absolutely loved this!
Amit went for the Chicken Salt Pepper which was boneless pieces of chicken seasoned with salt, black pepper and chilli, Chinese style, and according to him, very tasty!
Both dishes were beautifully presented and perfect for sharing, and so if you are in a big group do get lots of small dishes to try all the different options in their starter selection. I know I will be back to try more!
Mains I continued on the Paneer theme and chose the Paneer Makhani, which are pieces of diced paneer cooked in smooth, rich tomato sauce, with a touch of cream, and absolutely decadent accompanied with naan breads.
Amit opted for the Karahi Gosht, which was succulent lamb stir fried and served in an iron karahi with
a spicy gravy of onion, tomato and peppers. He really enjoyed this dish and lapped it up with Tandoori Roti.
The extensive bread selection is super here and if you prefer rice, they cater for this too, with Biriyani and Pilau being on offer alongside Jeera rice, Mushroom rice and Steamed rice. Something for everyone!
If you know my husband then you will know he is a massive Raita fan and he found Mala’s Mixed Raita to be divine. It was a really generous helping compared to normal Indian restaurant serving portions and full of flavour and varying textures from the plethora of vegetables inside it.
Mains were spot on – an authentic rendering of North Indian cuisine and I thought both the starters and mains were very well priced.
Dessert is something I always save space for and I couldn’t resist the Malai Kulfi and it was sublime. All the classic Indian desserts were available and so save space for them!
All in all the service was super-slick and friendly, food fantastic and ambience really lovely – it felt like non-stuffy fine dining and so pleased its my local as I know I will be back to try more dishes as the menu has lots of stand-outs and from what I already tried, it was flawless with delicately-spiced plates bursting with purity and depth of flavour.
Mala Indian Brasserie can be found on : 1357-1359, High Rd, Whetstone, London N20 9HR