Best local Indian Restaurant in Essex 2014
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Essex Caraway Indian Brasserie, in Gants Hill, has won the prestigious Best Local Indian Restaurant Award in the Restaurant Guides
The Hart Brothers
The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories
Masala Zoneâs aim is to provide the real flavours of India at very, very affordable prices. A good plan, executed greatly.
Itâs owned by the same people who run the rather more upmarket Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy. While those places are opulent and relaxed, Masala Zone is basic and efficient, with a simple but varied menu placing the traditional Indian emphasis on balanced meals, fresh vegetables and healthy eating. Vegetarians will also be delighted to know that the chefs from Gujarat and North India means they now operate out of their own separate vegetable kitchen.
Food covers âone stop optionsâ â great Thalis and Noodle / Rice Bowls â and assorted snacks. Particularly good are the âsmall plates of street foodâ as the menu calls them. Bhel, a traditional crunchy salad with chutneys and peanuts is simple and flavoursome, Sev Puri are wholewheat biscuits piled with spiced mash and three fresh chutneys. Theyâre extremely tasty, with a satisfying mix of textures.
The Thali platters are excellent value, with a choice of main curry (Konkan Chicken incidentally packs an impressive punch), an Indian canape, two vegetable dishes (depending on whatâs good at the market that morning), a dal, raita, Indian salad, papadums and chutney, whole-wheat chapati and rice. For less than a tenner.