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9 Marshall Street
It wasn’t so long ago that ‘going for a curry’ meant throat-wrenching vindaloos, warm lager and lurid flock wallpaper. Masala Zone makes such provincial clichés seem like ancient history. This sparky, London-only group of Indian ‘brasseries’ is known for its smart service, ethnic soundtrack and folk art-bedecked interiors – the Rajasthani puppets at the Covent Garden branch are a must-see. As the cheap-but-chic member of the Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and Amaya stable, bowls of bog-standard chicken tikka masala are beneath its dignity. No, Masala Zone is all about fresh, balanced meals inspired by Indian home cooking, market stalls and palace chefs. Kick off with street-food nibbles such as samosas, papdi chaat or jumbo prawns from the grill, ahead of a textbook thali featuring your choice of curry and daily changing accompaniments.
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9 Marshall Street
Oxford Circus Tube Station 259m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 463m
Ganton Street 54m
Carnaby Street 75m
Mon-Sat 12N-11pm Sun 12.30pm-10.30pm
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Food + drink: 1
Masala Zone discriminates appallingly against people with nut allergies. I was having an enjoyable time with friends, we had already ordered drinks, and I asked the waitress to tell me if any food we were ordering contains nuts in the recipe, as there was no information on the menu. She sent over a manager who placed a 'nut allergy policy' card in front of me and he effectively stated I shouldn't be eating at this restaurant with a nut allergy. As you might imagine, that brought the mood of the table down immediately. I repeatedly told this manager that 'traces of nuts' would be fine, but I needed to know if anything contained nuts in the recipe. He repeatedly refused to tell me, and repeated the 'nut allergy policy' over and over again. He then suggested I should go out and buy some food somewhere else, and bring it back to the restaurant. I've never been treated so rudely at a central London restaurant before and I don't know how they're getting away with this. My friends were so embarassed. It was utterly ridiculous!
In the end he eventually conceded and pointed to two options on the menu that were 'safe' - although I'm sure many other items were, as it is unlikely that everything on the menu has nuts in the recipe. They are being deliberately difficult in an attempt to protect themselves from lawsuits, but in doing so this restaurant chain is actively discriminating against people and treating customers with allergies in a way that shouldn't be allowed. They ought to be boycotted. I've honestly never before encountered such ridiculous, rude treatment when dining out. They should be ashamed.
A quick web search will tell you that others have received similar treatment. Please boycott this restaurant chain.
Food + drink: 5
We both went for the grand thali option – a large platter with a choice of curry, two veg dishes, poppadum, roti, chutneys, a small salad and a dhal. I had a very tasty chicken curry (the name has slipped my mind sorry!), but my partner's lamb vindaloo was amazing – spicy, but not so much that you can't taste the actual flavours. Very tender, very meaty. Our bill came to around £32, including drinks – which for Soho, is a great deal.
Will definitely be coming back.
Food + drink: 4
I think, what I am referring here is Masala Zone is feast to your taste buds…it also calls you back for its selection of Indian grills which includes Chicken Tikka, Grilled Prawns, and many more Indian cuisines.
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