On a cold Wednesday night, we ventured to Masala Theory in Surry Hills for some modern Indian eats to warm us up! Walking into the restaurant was like being transported to a vibrant, bustling and colourful setting, with Bollywood music in the background. The beautiful hand painted walls are complemented by quickly hanging objects like tiffin carriers and a bicycle, and famous dialogues from Bollywood movies.
Once we settled to our table, we decided to order drinks first and then the food. If you like smoothies, don’t go past the Lavender Lassi – it had a great flowery and cardamon flavour and was such a unique taste! The rose lemonade is also worth a try, being light and refreshing with the hearty meal. We then decided to try the Wada Pav, Three Sisters Chat and Dal Chilla for the entrees. The highlight was the Three Sisters Chat – it was so moreish and a taste sensation of sweet, sour and tangy all together.
We also really loved the Wada Pav, which were potato patty sliders with an Indian twist, while the Dal Chilla of split green lentil crepes rolled up with a filling of spinach, cheese, onions, raisin and cashews served with spicy tomato chutney was a great flavourful snack.
For the mains, we opted for two curries – the Salli Botti, the chef’s special goat curry topped with match-stick potatoes, and Chicken Dhansak, a traditional Parsi dish of lentils and chicken. The Dhansak was served with brown rice, but we mopped it up with a cheese, chilli and coriander naan which was perfect for lovers of spice. We also had the Malabar Paratha, which quickly became a favourite of ours! The flaky, buttery roti had a really nice coconut taste and we enjoyed eating our mains with it.
Finally, we finished off with dessert! The Chai Panna Cotta had a really lovely strong tea taste, with the bitterness from the chai being complemented by candied walnuts and sugar snaps – it was such a treat! The Deconstructed Motichoor Ladoo was sweet and rich, made with gram flour combined with saffron rabdi and dry fruits.
This is such a great new restaurant for Indian food lovers to check out in Surry Hills, and we’d definitely recommend booking as it was packed even on a Wednesday night. Load up on all the amazing entrees, and be sure to leave space for some of the Chai Panna Cotta for dessert!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Masala Theory and Push Play Media.