Always with the aim of crossing off all the dining options surrounding my workplace, today was Masala Cuisine's turn. Following two relocations, this Indian bring-your-own-wine has found its permanent Pointe-Saint-Charles home in 2012. Barely noticeable from outside, the restaurant's banal façade looks – and probably was – residential.
Red painted walls, hanging wall carpets and exposed wood beams give off a warm, cozy feel. "Open concept" may be an understatement here, as everything is out in the open; from the exposed kitchen and visible refrigerator to the bare ceiling lightbulbs! By half past noon, the dining room was nearly full with small-to-medium-sized groups of what appears to be the local office crowd.
Served in the tiniest bowl I have ever seen, this soup was hot and flavourful, but alas had an uneven, watery consistency.
Tough-as-rubber lamb cubes were covered in a spicy yogurt sauce and served with basmati rice and a sloppy blob of tasteless dal.
Brushed with chilies, this bread was the highlight of the meal; although without charring and oiliness, it resembled Greek pita more than naan.
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Today we were tended to by a middle-aged white – non-Indian – male; probably a first for me at an Indian restaurant. Aside from the prompt service, what struck me the most was how well he knew his customers; going as far as remembering patrons' favorite dishes and language preferences!
After my lunch at Masala, I found out this establishment doubles up as a cooking school for small, private events. In fact, based on the limited opening hours – four afternoons and one evening a week – those classes seem to be the main attraction here.
As an eat-in restaurant, however, I found flaw with everything I sampled today – including the bread! The only redeeming factor was our spirited waiter, but that won't be enough to send me back here anytime soon.
Price per person: $20
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