Masala Modern Indian Cuisine

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am


Masala Modern Indian Cuisine
10 Mercer Street
Sheung Wan
Tel: 2581 9777

Grub: Modern Indian cuisine. According to the menu, modern Indian cuisine is not as spicy as the traditional version.

Vibe: Masala is a small and informal place. Orange furnishings and paintwork on the lower part of the wall make it seem even smaller. The tables are also very small.

What to take: Free Wi-fi means you can take your laptop and do your homework over a quiet lunch.

What's hot: 'Don't worry, eat curry,' the menu advises. It would be difficult to do anything else at Masala. The menu lists other items but the curries are the focal point.

They are divided into sections: chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian with at least half a dozen possibilities in each, from gentle kormas to fiery vindaloos.

One item that stands out is the salmon fish head curry. It gives a whole salmon head, with okra and cumin, poached in a sauce that is made from a secret recipe.

The set lunches include soup, salad, rice, naan and a soft drink, all for the price of your main curry dish. If there are two of you, try ordering one set lunch between you and complementing it with snacks or tandoori dishes.

Samosas are triangular pastries filled with potato and peas. They are quite delicious; if you are really hungry you could try the appetiser platter, which gives a selection of starters.

Mulligatawny, meaning pepper water, was the soup of the day. The recipe varies greatly; here it is a chicken broth flavoured with herbs and spices. Usually it would include lentils, though this version had none. It was still enjoyable.

Madras is usually a medium-spicy curry made with coconut and mustard seeds. The creamy sauce comes with a little sweetness balancing the spices. The fish was fresh and generous. The staff will usually ask which level of spiciness you want, but be sure to tell them if they forget.

Dessert isn't included in the set lunch. You can order gulab jamun, small balls of dough made mainly from milk solids, deep fried and served in a sugary syrup. They are incredibly sweet and one serving is usually enough for two people.

What's not: Only three desserts were on the menu, two of which were not available.

Cost: If ordering ?la carte, most of the tandoori and curry dishes cost HK$60 to HK$70. The best bargain is the set lunch. Two people can enjoy a very filling lunch for less than HK$150.