Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published May 20th 2012
If you're getting a hankering for a curry but can't quite make up your mind between a vindaloo or a tikka masala, embrace your indecisiveness and head to Masala Indian Restaurant for an Indian buffet that will give you more options than you'll know what to choose.
Opting for the buffet provides you with an eat what you like approach to dining from a choice of soup, salads, entrees, main course curries, vegetarian side dishes, accompaniments in addition to desserts. You can also help yourself to coffee and tea.
Salads & Entrees
In addition to a chef's special salad dish, you can enjoy the regular buffet salad choices of chick peas, potatoes, cucumber/onion, raita and a tossed garden salad. These make a great side dish to your entree plate where you can choose from a great array of starter choices such as onion bhaji, vegetable pakora, tempura battered fish, spicy calamari, tandori chicken, and papadums. Need a sauce on the side? Choose from mint chutney, mango chutney, lime pickle, tamarind sauce, green chillies and vegetable pickle. Just save some room for the main course.
Main Courses In addition to some of the chef's special items, you can choose from butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, lamb korma, beef vindaloo and fish methi. The chicken dishes come with great hunks of chicken breast; none of this guess which part of the chicken this is floating in my curry. Which makes for a pleasant change. The flavours and spices are beautiful but the vindaloo and tikka masala could afford to pack a slightly more powerful spice punch to truly be considered memorable. To go with your curry choose from peshwari naan, garlic naan or plain naan in addition to pilau or steamed rice. For the non meat lover, there are plenty of vegetarian dishes including a really smoky dhall, aloo bhazi, palak paneer and chola masala. Plenty for everyone and a great selection to make this an ideal family restaurant; introducing your kids to some different flavours.
I don't think you really think about the desserts when you choose to go to a curry buffet, but for those with a sweet tooth, you have certainly been catered for. Choices range from the more traditional Indian desserts such as gulab jamuns and some really tasty kheer to the Aussie known pavola, mud cake, fruit salad, jelly, ice cream and mousse.
If you've got kids with you, the jelly and ice cream seem to be a real hit.
The buffet is available Monday - Thursday ($29.50) and Friday - Sunday ($33.00) from 5pm. You can also order from their wide a la carte menu with main course items starting at $16. BYO wine.
The buffet offers a great value selection of really tasty food. Quality is high and when I visited, the staff were very diligent at replenishing the food items and ensuring the serving area stayed presentable. The two male front of house staff are fantastically friendly and really do make you feel welcome. I recommend to all curry fans out there, especially if you are feeling hungry.