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The latest branch of this enduring chain run by the high quality Chutney Mary group is at last a worthy tenant for this famous and glorious dining room right at the heart of London on Piccadilly Circus, dating from 1873.

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Summary

£65
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“There’s a reason this chain has endured for so long” – its street food and curries are “so authentic”, “imaginative” and “such good value for money”: “you still have to go a long way to beat their thali deals”. Owned by MW Eats (who own the posh Chutney Mary, Amaya, etc), they sold off their Camden Town and Bayswater sites in the last 12 months; and in mid 2023 launched a stunning new landmark branch on Piccadilly Circus, in one of London’s most historic, but (in recent times) most-under-achieving restaurant sites: the magnificent, Neo-Byzantine, mosaicked chamber dating from 1873 that for many years was The Criterion (RIP). Innovations on the new site include breakfast, ‘Indian High Tea’ and late opening.

Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I keep coming back for the reliably distinctive range of Indian dishes… when I’m pushed to try new things I rarely regret it” – the “always interesting menu” at these longstanding pioneers of street food and thalis delivers “very tasty grub in generous portions that’s good value for money”. It’s run by MW Eats (the family company behind some of the capital’s most prestigious subcontinental restaurants).

Summary

£49
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fabulous Indian street food and thalis” make the seven sites in this “exceptional” central London chain real crowd-pleasers, and they show no sign of running out of steam two decades after their launch in Soho. Far from it, by all accounts they have “really improved over the past year or so – the quality of the dishes is now far beyond where it used to be” – and “they are not expensive”. Ranjit Mathrani, veteran chair of the family company behind the group, plans to open more branches; they also own high-end restaurants Amaya, Veeraswamy and Chutney Mary.

Summary

£44
    £
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fresh-tasting food with distinctive flavours” and “unpretentious, tasty thalis” make this small London group (now in its 21st year) a “go-to chain” for its fans: “amazing value for such high-quality cuisine”.

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Masala Zone Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Masala Zone Restaurant in W1J, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Masala Zone restaurant.
James C
We had an enjoyable Indian meal in this int...
Reviewed 17 days ago

"We had an enjoyable Indian meal in this interesting and impressive restaurant. Considering its location (at Piccadilly Circus) the price was very reasonable. "

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Phil B
An incredibly beautiful setting and good, r...
Reviewed 1 months, 25 days ago

"An incredibly beautiful setting and good, reasonably priced classic Indian food."

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N B
On quality and particularly on price, Masal...
Reviewed 2 months, 15 days ago

"On quality and particularly on price, Masala Zone compares very well with the other Indian chain in town. Thalis are especially delicious and extremely filling. All branches are well decorated, the new Piccadilly restaurant is particularly lovely with the gold ceiling of the old Criterion Brasserie and lots of mirrors lightening the room."

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Melissa M
Good to be back in this beautiful room with...
Reviewed 3 months, 15 days ago

"Good to be back in this beautiful room with its golden glittery ceiling which I remember from the 1990s. Back then, it was a high-end venue serving moderately priced food. When it re-opened last summer it seemed that the small chain Masala Zone was sticking to that wonderful format. I like the Masala Zone menu (spiced lemonade, a thali and a masala tea to finish is my go to order) and this has become a place to bring friends. The prices are now climbing but I’ll be back for another look at that shiny gold ceiling."

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Simon E
Very nice starters (called street food), th...
Reviewed 5 months,

"Very nice starters (called street food), the curries rather dull. Good value in a great room. Rather cramped"

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James C
We’ve had a couple of enjoyable thalis he...
Reviewed 6 months, 13 days ago

"We’ve had a couple of enjoyable thalis here, though the lamb curry was much tastier then the vegetarian one. The long dining room is quite nicely furnished with screens that help to reduce noise, although the tables are rather close together. "

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Fiona C
Good Masala Zone food in the majestic old C...
Reviewed 8 months, 23 days ago

"Good Masala Zone food in the majestic old Criterion space. "

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Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑11 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑10:30 pm

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