Complimentary bottle of wine of your choice worth £32 for every couple having a two course meal each
In 1809, London’s first curry house opened its doors to the public, igniting Britain’s love affair with spice. Over 200 years have passed since that date, but Indian food has certainly not gone out of fashion - as we found out on our latest trip to the newly transformed Masala Zone in Camden. This much-loved eatery has recently been magically restyled, and is now a real place of pilgrimage for Indian food lovers, plating up bold, colourful flavours certain to enthral the taste buds and the soul. We headed to Camden to find out more about the pioneers of affordable real Indian food...
This stylish restaurant takes up a large corner spot on Parkway, a couple of minutes’ walk from Camden Town Tube station. We headed over on a chilly Thursday evening and were glad to step inside to such a warm, cosy interior. The space is bedecked with twinkling amber lights and colourful artwork, and a beautiful elephant ornament dominates the middle of the room.
The lovely Manager showed us to a table near the window, giving us a friendly introduction into the style of cooking at Masala Zone and the origins of the restaurant. I took his cocktail recommendation, which was a refreshing blend of lychee, vodka, rose and prosecco, decorated with purple flowers and helpfully labelled on the menu as low in alcohol content, at 1.6 units. A fantastic idea for those partial to a drink but trying to cut back.
Masala Zone’s menu is split between modern Indian street-food and a splendid spread of more traditional, regional dishes. We decided on the Dahi Puri and Goan Crispy Fried Prawns to start. The prawns were plump and juicy and the accompanying vindaloo mayo really packed a punch. But it was the Dahi Puri that really stole my heart - crispy whole wheat parcels filled with fluffy potato, yoghurt and delicious spices that transported my taste buds straight to the bustling streets of Delhi, where I’d first tried the popular street snack a few years back.
Mains were just as impressive; I opted for the seabass: beautifully soft meat with a golden-brown skin, doused in the most delicious Biryani sauce. It felt incredibly light for a curry, though the side of baby spinach with creamy garlic and warm chapattis evened that out a little! My dinner date loved her Thali dish, a real palate pleaser of sub-continental flavours - consisting of a small bowl of dahl, a fiery chicken curry, a delicious aubergine side dish, relishes and fluffy rice.
The attentive and friendly service from the staff made us feel completely at home, and the Manager even boxed up the remains of my meal so I could enjoy it all over again for lunch the next day.
The Evening Standard legendary restaurant critic, Fay Maschler, nominates Masala Zone as one of her favourite restaurants - and I’m not at all surprised. The dishes here are guaranteed to make you swoon - I can’t wait to eat my way through the rest of the menu!
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Complimentary bottle of wine of your choice worth £32 for every couple having a two course meal. Max party size of 8 with a bottle of wine per 2 persons.
Please reserve online & refer to ‘Portico Places’ in the message box. Offer valid at Masala Zone Camden only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Please present your Portico Places card to a member of staff on arrival.
Offer expires 14th Dec 2017.