Masala Zone

Address: 25 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7267 4422

- Budget

4.4

This clever chain is a fun place to sample great Indian food at bargain prices.

The people behind Masala Zone run some of London’s most esteemed Indian fine dining restaurants and have skillfully transferred that experience to these casual eateries with cheaper menus.

Food and drink
4
90%
Service
4
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Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Ambience
4.1
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

For the best value, I usually order a grand thali - a complete, filling meal on one platter for which you get to choose a curry from a generous list including vegetable, chicken, lamb and prawn dishes. But you can eat very lightly if you prefer, with chicken tikka wraps, curry and rice plates, grills and Masala Zone’s unusual curried noodles, where India meets south-east Asia. The wine list is just as keenly priced and cleverly chosen; there are plenty of delicious options for people staying off alcohol too.

Ambience

Colourful and bustling. Each outlet has a different decorative theme – here it’s old advertising posters for groceries, sewing machines and the like. Other branches feature tribal art and traditional puppets.

Service

Well-trained and prompt. They aim to turn tables quickly but I’ve never felt rushed.

Location

On busy Parkway in the heart of Camden Town, handy for the markets, cinema and nightlife.

Price advice

Turn up off-peak and there are great bargains to be had, such as two courses for £8.70 at lunch and pre-theatre. Grand thalis are priced £10.50-£11.30.

Branches

There are seven branches stretching from Islington to Fulham. Most central are Soho and Covent Garden – see website for details.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • No fuss

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