Restaurant: Masala Grill.
Just opened, Masala Grill sits in the former Chutney Mary restaurant building on London’s Kings Road. The previous establishment had become somewhat of an institution to Chelsea locals, so the newbies have a little to live up to – and so, we had to try it for ourselves.
Where is it: 535 Kings Road, London
Opened: May 2015
What kind of food: Typical dishes on the launch menu include; Mutter Tikki Chaat (spiced green pea and mash cake with yoghurt and chutney); Pani Puri (whole wheat puffs filled with lentils and tamarind chutney, topped with spicy dressing); Sea Bass Fillet with Mangalore spices; Duck Breast grilled with raw mango, ginger, chilli and lime; Bebinca with Orange Sorbet; and Gulab Jamun with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
They’re affordable dishes that are very much in touch with their Indian roots, from street snacks and grilled fish and meat to curries, biryanis and thalis.
Prices range from £5.50-£10.50 for starters, main dishes (including Grills, Curries, Biryani and Thalis) from £11-£24, and desserts from £4-£7.50.
The interiors: Authentic Indian decoration and craftsmanship mixed with a contemporary, polished style.
Hero Dishes: The Pani Puri (crispy shells filled with yoghurt and chutney), Peshawari Nann are a must-try – but not if you are on a diet.
Anything unusual: The conservatory area is bright and airy – perfect during the summer months – and is brimming with character thanks to the red and yellow bunting that hangs overhead.
And the drinks: The Mango Lassi is a must for cooling down in this warm weather or if you’ve simply had too much spice.
Best for: A midweek dinner with friends.
Our favourite thing about it was: The service was warm, welcoming and attentive. They didn’t rush us and let us take our time.
What made it unique to them: The atmosphere – the Indian-style decoration really is impressive.
The small print: The food is good and tasty but nothing new.