Massala Hut is like a big plate that holds all kinds of great Indian food all under one roof. Located just a short walk from Warren Street, Massala Hut takes you through a journey of Indian cuisine to suit any mood you are in from very hot and spicy food to something much more mild and warm. With the restaurant recently refurbished, it is perfect for an after work curry, a catch up with friends or a business lunch.
You will certainly be spoilt for choice at Massala Hut, with a wide choice of starters, mains and desserts. The restaurant also caters for vegetarians and gluten free customers so be sure to ask the waiter before you start ordering.
To start off, I ordered a mango lassi which was both delicious and refreshing. It worked a treat against the spicy food I ordered! There are different flavour to choose from and a variety of wine and beers as well.
Before our starters came, we were given crunchy yet melt in your mouth papadum with five condiments that consisted of a moorish yogurt and mint sauce, sweet mango chutney, thinly sliced onion with coriander (which doesn’t sound pleasant at all, but works very well with the papadum and was delicious!), a tomato chutney with chunks bits of tomato and a hot lime and garlic chutney.
For starters, I ordered the Ajwaini Paneer Tikka which was chunks of paneer chargrilled in a tandoori paste in a clay oven – which was both delicious and satisfying. It was gone within 4 mouthfuls!
My husband went all out and ordered the tandoori mix platter as his starter which consisted of two lamb chops, a lamb shish kebab and a mini chicken fillet all coated with a tandoori paste. All were grilled to seal the flavours.
We also ordered a side of Onion Bhajjee. These are difficult to get right as sometimes they can come out soggy and lack in flavour, but Massala Hut’s Onion bhajjee was a winner with us. It was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside and with mint and yogurt sauce worked really well together.
For my mains, I ordered a set of thali’s. A vegetarian one and a non-vegetarian one. The vegetarian thali consisted of saag aloo – a spinach and potato dish, a mushroom bhaji curry, channa masala which consisted of chickpeas in a spicy sauce, tarka dall – a hot lentil soup, raita, rice and chapatti. All was mouthfuls of deliciousness.
The non-vegetarian thali consisted of tandoori chicken in a hot tomato sauce, lamb kebab, chicken tikka, saag gosht, chicken bhuna with pilaf rice and naan.
We also got some hot hot hot green chills to sprinkle on our food.
The waiter was keen for us to try out the garlic chilli chicken with rice rice. The sauce was hot and tasty with chunks of chicken and fresh coriander and white rice.
Just because it needs to be done when having an Indian, we ordered a paratha, which is one of my favourite things on earth. It was a sweet one to accompany my sweet tooth and filled with desiccated coconut.
For dessert, I ordered the pistachio kulfi – an indian ice cream filled with pistachio, cardamon, nuts and double cream.
My husband went for the gulab jamun (a milk-solid based dessert) which is a common dessert in South Asia. It was covered in a sticky and sweet syrup.
To end it all – a must have, we had some masala tea, or chai as traditionally said. It had a lovely aroma with cinnamon, cardamon and rosewater syrup in hot black tea.
Head to Massala Hut for an authentic taste of Indian and select from a wide range of food from all over the country.
161-163, Drummond Street, London, NW1 2PB