Name: Masala
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 88 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL
Phone: 020 7539 9448

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Jun 2012|2. 25 Jul 2013|3. 25 Sep 2014|4. 26 Mar 2015|5. 28 Jul 2016
6. 30 Nov 2017

Luckily, Neil fails in his "Break a glass with your bare hands" challenge.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 147 (visit 1 of 6 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Jun 2012
Cost per head: £23.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.7 7.4 5.9 7.4 7.5 7.7 7.0 7.1 8.1 7.19
Alex 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7.2 See Alex's comments
Mark 8 7 4 6 7 8 7 9 7.1 See Mark's comments
Brian 6 8 7 8 8 7 8 7 9 7.6 See Brian's comments
Neil 5 6 6 7 7 9 5 8 8 6.6 See Neil's comments
Robin 7 7 5 7 7 9 4 6 6 6.2 See Robin's comments
Graeme 7 8 4 8 8 7 10 8 9 7.9 See Graeme's comments
Richard 6 8 8 9 8 7 7 7 9 7.7 See Richard's comments

All Comments

Alex - Pleasant place with a bit of elbow-room. Pretty good value for workmanlike food. Nothing outstanding but nothing duff. My Jalfrezi was heavy on the ginger for my taste.

Mark - In and out in about 2 hours, good food, cheap price - this is exactly what Brick Lane should deliver. No pretensions to be an upper class eating establishment but delivered all the basics well except for the beer which needed to be colder. Samosa to start was fine as were the pops & chutneys. Main for me was the Tandoori mix grill which was more than enough for me with plenty of lamb, chicken and a king prawn. No wino's present while with the veggie order being less than usual, along with the TT discount, led to a low cost. I sang a couple of CCR songs to entertain the group while our senior member produced his 1974 hippy photo. We all cheered on Italy as they knocked out the Germans.

Brian - Shared a "mixed grill" starter with Graeme, which was an enjoyable mini meat feast. Had a fish main, I think it was called roopchanda, and that too was very good. It was one of those big-boned fish, so there were not too many issues with extracting the meat, which can often detract from the enjoyment, and having a separate plate to discard bones on was also welcome. Rice and veg were all good, as was my chapati.  They initially forgot to bring me some tap water with my beer, so marked down the service a notch. In summary, one of the best Brick Lane restaurants in my view. Excellent company and conversation as usual. Summer is officially here, as Alex got his feet out!

Neil - Only a few minutes' walk from the Pride of Spitalfield pub, so a major bonus for pre-drinks. The curry house has a very modern interior let down by a single rather rough toilet. Food was a mixed bag with some excellent special rice and rather good veg and starters, let down by a bland main. Service was slow, with longer than normal gaps between the meals but nothing too annoying. The top table discount helped the VFM and I'd go back without any issue. Great discussions regarding alternatives to penalty shoot-outs and how to choose a second team when England get knocked of major tournaments. Shame that Richard let us down with his unprofessional attire, a suit and at least three layers, no matter what the weather, next time Rich.

Robin - Good service, nice ambience and excellent special rice, but let down by warm beer and an amazingly greasy main dish. I opted for sheek kebeb to start, which was quite good, and then went for king prawn pathia. Lots of nice, meaty prawns but in a pathia sauce that was absolutely swimming in oil. The veg dishes were ok, but again a bit on the greasy side and my keema nan was pretty good. But the special rice was wonderful; I felt I was eating some strange combination of the sublime and the ridiculous. We'd arranged a 50% discount on the food so the price was low, but as usual I reckon I got what I paid for. Cheaper prices are often strongly correlated with poorer food in my opinion. I'd be quite happy not to return to this one.

Graeme - This was a real blast from the past … a Brick Lane restaurant offering excellent food at a very reasonable price. The place was busy and quite lively with a fair percentage of female customers (which is normally a good sign, I think). The only fault worthy of mention was that the beer (bottled Cobra) wasn't cold enough. I had the Tandoori Platter to start which was tasty and a decent size. For main, I had what has become my favourite dish recently, Garlic Chilli Chicken - fantastic, I couldn't fault it, 10/10. The price of £23 p/h was helped by El Pres negotiating a 50% discount (off the food) in advance but I think a good discount would be readily available in any case from the usual pimp outside. All-in-all, an excellent evening and good company as always.

Richard - The best Brick Lane curry house for a long time! With the 50% off food Top Table discount, Masala was very reasonably priced, with no need to haggle with touts. Masala was smart and friendly with a good menu selection. I had mixed starter, Murghi Masala, peshwari nan, bindi bhaji, all of which was good quality.  A very good performance – if not outstanding except for the price.

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