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


Visit Report

Visit Number: 179 (visit 4 of 6 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Mar 2015
Cost per head: £23.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 8.3 7.5 6.8 6.8 7.2 7.6 8.4 7.4 8.8 7.67
Jon 9 9 7 9 8 7 9 9 10 8.6 See Jon's comments
Mark 9 7 6 5 8 9 7 10 7.6 See Mark's comments
Dave 9 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 8 7.9 See Dave's comments
Robin 7 7 6 5 5 7 8 7 7 6.6 See Robin's comments
Jeff 9 8 7 6 7 8 6 10 7.6 See Jeff's comments
John 9 8 7 7 7 8 7 8 9 7.7 See John's comments
Alex 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 9 7.8 See Alex's comments
Neil 7 7 7 5 7 8 8 6 7 6.9 See Neil's comments
Graeme 10 7 6 6 8 7 10 7 10 8.0 See Graeme's comments
Brian 7 8 9 9 8 8 9 8 9 8.4 See Brian's comments
Tim 7 5 6 8 7 7 8 7 8 7.1 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jon - My third visit to the Masala, three different main courses and all have been excellent. That's the sign of a good restaurant! After the debacle of last month's visit, the Masala was a triumph of efficiency and quality. I went for the Tandoori Platter to start, a mix of meat and prawn mini-dishes which was excellent, and I did a "Stansfield" and went for the Garlic Chilli Chicken as my main course. Although Mrs Want did comment about my garlic breath the following morning, it was well worth it. Vegetables were also very good as was the keema nan. Thanks to Griff, I discovered that The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley was number 1 in the UK when I was born, and this visit confirmed that the Masala is currently the wonder of Brick Lane!

Mark - What a relief! After last month a return to Brick Lane Masala showed us just how it should be done in terms of both food and service at a great price. From initial contact through to payment it was good customer service. Pops OK with good selection of pickles & extra added with no query - we might even ask nicely next time! My Lamb Tikka starter was fine but not the best or biggest. However my main of the Mixed Naga which was a hot meat feast that I really enjoyed. Hotter than my ususal selections but a good choice. Selection of beer choices but could have been cooler perhaps. For me this is the place to go to in Brick Lane and I look forward to a return. Ambience could improve as a bit cold & slightly spoiled by the big blond tuneless singer. Ordering for others works it seems but eating for others not approved - "He who cannot be mentioned".

Dave - Another solid performance from the 3* Masala.  Excellent Prawn Puri (so good Robin attempted to steal it from me!) and Chicken Curry (lots of sauce!). I had Carlsberg on draught as no Kingfisher available and the breads vegetables and cost were all good. Enjoyed the "number ones on your Birthday"  Curryaoke theme.  All in all deserves to stay top six.

Robin - Fairly good food and good VFM thanks to the discount obtained by El Pres. I nearly had a prawn puree to start, then discovered it was somebody else's dish and handed it over - he sent it back although I hadn't eaten a single bit of it - what a waste! So instead I had what I'd ordered, tandoori king prawn - not very flavourful and pretty average. My main course was king prawn pathia, which was very good indeed. Nice sauce and lots of meaty prawns that this time seemed much more tasty. The special rice was quite good, as were the veg dishes. My half of keema nan wasn't that great - not much mince in it and very thin, and the bottled Cobra was pretty par for the course although it was nicely chilled. It was cheap but I'm not certain that it warrants a top 6 place any more.

Jeff - Masala shows us the best of Brick Lane with a decent meal served to 11 of us in good time. With 3 pints of pride for less than tenner, and El Pres haggling us a terrific 50% discount on food, the whole night was only just over £30. Super.

John - Garlic Chilli Chicken was a bit too hot for my liking. Otherwise all good.

Alex - Pretty good. My starter was more average but rather good VFM!

Neil - More discussion on the pub than the curry house on this visit. I thought a 'marmite' pub but it turns out the Pride of Spitalfields was only disliked by one member because of a 'damp smell'. I suspect we will revisit regularly from now on. I liked the resident cat and the relatively cheap beer. The Masala was reasonably full but service was very good. We were also a bit more on-the-ball regarding timely ordering after last month's disaster. Food was pretty normal, the mixed starter quite small but made up for by a large main course with some very generous rice portions. I couldn't finish it so pretty good vfm noting that we had some good discount. I suspect we may be back as consistently above average over the last few years but will they let us return after another round of Griff's singing?!

Graeme - This is a top Brick Lane restaurant offering excellent food with the best service at an unbelievably cheap price (after discount). To start, I decided to go for something fairly light - I had Chicken Tikka - it was nice but unremarkable. Everything else was at least very good, esp. my Garlic Chilli Chicken main which was the absolute business (again). As has become the norm over the past few months, the evening finished with a Griff-led out-of-tune sing-song This time the theme was the song that was top of the charts when each of us was born. Actually, it was quite entertaining (for us - probably not for the other clientele).

Brian - Lovely lamb tikka starter, followed by fish masala (tilapia), with the usual sundries.  Very enjoyable indeed, and Cobra on draft was good too.  Service seemed OK - reasonably attentive and didn't take too long for courses to be served.  I think it's up there with the best on Brick Lane.

Tim - I find the decor in Masala rather plain - white walls, adorned with pieces of yellow/orange artworks in places. Having no tablecloths is no doubt practical, but doesn't feel as nice. There was a reasonable choice of beer: Cobra and Tiger in bottles and a couple of draught beers, but there was no Kingfisher. Starters arrived promptly; I had tandoori mixed platter. The menu describes it as "served on a platter to share", but it was served on a normal plate, and while it was a reasonable size for one, it would be rather small for two - there were three pieces of meat, a king prawn and a small piece of fish in a tikka coating, served with the standard salad accompaniment of shredded iceberg lettuce, a slice of cucumber and a wedge of lemon. Main of chicken joypuri was served on a whole butterflied green pepper. The joypuri was tasty, but I wasn't convinced by the green pepper - I think it would have worked better if it had been diced and mixed in with the joypuri; it was rather bitter in large pieces. Overall, the service was efficient, and final cost was good value, after Mark's negotiated discount, though no free round of liqueurs this time.

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