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Owner's description

The enormously popular Masala Zone Covent Garden has just been transformed into a glamorous,

visually entertaining brasserie with a new look, new menu and new spirit.

Owners MW Eat - whose portfolio of London restaurants also includes two establishments with Michelin

stars, Amaya and Veeraswamy, as well as Chutney Mary - are in the process of remodelling and

upgrading their Masala Zone restaurants. Masala Zone Covent Garden represents the culmination of the

bespoke makeover. This coincides with a launch of the new website.

Masala Zone Covent Garden is a visual delight with the combination of 20 antique wooden doors from

Rajasthan as well as the re-positioning of more than 350 Rajasthani ceremonial puppets that depict a

grand royal wedding. They are hung in spectacular fashion throughout the restaurant. The antique doors

are juxtaposed with the puppets giving a vibrant texture to the design environment, and are accented by

theatrical lighting, including two large striking chandeliers.

Additionally, a new bar has been added to the ground floor, including eight red leather bar stools facing

the rich stone tiled bar front. The new cocktail list features exotic concoctions such as the uplifting and

herbal Hyderabadi Highball, the Almond and Rose Sour (with ginger, cardamom and rosewater), and the

Narial Punch (like an Indian Piña Colada, with coconut, chai tea syrup and lime).

The menus at Masala Zone Covent Garden embrace traditional dishes, and many feature a contemporary

spin. Sourced from 30 years of research in gourmet homes, street stalls and Maharaja’s palace kitchens

throughout India, each dish features complex spice combinations, chosen from the best Indian spice

farms and shipped direct to the London restaurants. Some of the new dishes include:

• Idiappam Seafood Biryani – hand-pressed fine rice noodles with prawn, squid, curry leaf, coconut

and chilli sauce

• Egg Kottu Paratha - a Madurai Tamil street main meal with a melange of vegetables, egg,

paratha and shallots in a spicy sauce

• Coondapur Ghee Roast Duck with Soft Dosa – Ghee Roast is a legendary recipe from this small

town near Mangalore

• Malvani Tawa Seabass - griddled with a blend of coastal spices - Malvan is a town in the Konkan

region on the west coast of Maharashtra, south of Bombay

• Crispy Quail 65 - two spicy half quails marinated overnight, tossed with a tempering of fresh

coconut and curry leaf

The 150 seat dining room is overseen by a partially open-to-view kitchen, allowing guests a glimpse of

the chefs in action. 

The lower ground floor houses a visually striking & exotic private dining room for up to 42, which can be

sectioned off for smaller parties, with menus from £30-£45 per person. Its eclectic yet opulent interior

design features a dramatic collection of paintings, murals, old wooden temple doors, original artefacts and artwork.

Masala Zone Covent Garden is open daily - Monday-Friday Noon-11pm, Saturday 12.30pm-11pm, and

Sunday 12.30pm-10.30pm

 

Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu

Private dining

Our restaurants are perfect for Christmas parties with a difference. No boring turkey, chicken breast or pasta! We have great flavourful food.

Our stylish private rooms have a unique Indian aura and personality whether for social or business occasions.

We have persoanlised service, exciting menus, specially chosen wines and exotic cocktails. Special requests such as gluten free options, unspiced menus and table setups are easily handled.

Parties of 9 require special reservations & a deposit of £6.00 per head, parties of 11 also require set menus.



survey result

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”.

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 20th year) a “go-to chain” for its fans: “amazing value for such high-quality cuisine”.

Summary

£43
    £
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very interesting Indian food for a chain”, “professional service” and a “lovely atmosphere” have carved a strong reputation for these well-established street-food cafés. “Prices seem to be creeping up” however, and even those who praise its “fresh flavours” feel it’s “not quite as good value as in the past”.

Summary

£37
    £
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“We always go for the Grand Thali and it’s a knockout!” – These “ever-buzzing” contemporary Indians make a very “handy backstop”, with WC2 in particular “an excellent pre-theatre option” for a “fast and delicious” meal. “We thought it might be chain-bland, but the food was good and quite authentic… and good value too!”

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Opening hours

Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm

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