Had good dinner last night at Masala. Two of us had veg pakora and mughlai paratha for apps, and lamb curry and lamb rogan for entrees. Nothing was greasy (no ghee oozing out of sauces). Pakora had a faint crunch and very delicate 'melt in your mouth' texture. Mughlai paratha had a very thin pastry and very tasty aromatic meat and egg filling. Curry was excellent, rogan was good though I expected to taste more of garlic and cardamom (from the menu description). But my BF who is a very picky eater and not a huge fan of indian food was very impressed. Had no room for dessert though ferne and homemade pistachio or mango ice cream sounded good. The bill, including taxes came to $28. One of the owners came out and talked to us. Very pleasant friendly guy, the waiters are also very friendly and attentive too. Since we were the last customers (it was well past 11pm when we finished), we got to talk to the chef as well - very nice guy.
Ok, here are some answers to the questions that were asked before - the food is Bangladeshi (if you disregard the Indonesian sidekick). The owners used to own Empire India, but they sold it way back in 1998 (I've only been there after 1998), the Maspeth place was also sold. So not sure if people who were unimpressed with their Maspeth location had food there under their management. On the prices, apps from 2.50-5, most entrees around 8. They have pretty extensive wine list (around 30 or 40) ranging from $10 to $30. On weekdays there is a lunch special for $5 or $6 includes one entree and soup or salad. Food can be prepared Halal on request (chicken and lamb are halal we were told, not beef as it's impossible to get good halal beef). The room is pleasantly decorated (very understated for this part of town, no xmas lights or fake flowers), the lighting is neither too bright nor too dark. The section in the back separated by wooden panels from the rest of the room, we were told, could be curtained for a private party.
Overall, was best $28 I've ever spent on a sitdown dinner. Will go back. My only gripe is that it's too close to home (no chance to walk off the food consumed).
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