Masala Art
Taj Palace, New Delhi

3.7 based on 6 reviews
23/30
Critic Rating
Rs 3500 for two
This price is indicative and exclusive of taxes
North Indian
Today, 12:00 PM to 02:45 PM, 06:30 PM to 11:45 PM
Taj Palace New Delhi, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi
7861004444

INSIDER TIPS

  • Much of the food is cooked in olive oil, which is unusual for Indian cuisine, though strangely enough, it seems to work
  • The house specialty is sugarcane juice which they make at the bar using the sort of machine roadside vendors use
  • Should you be dining alone, there is counter seating and you can watch the chef cook in front of you

Vir's Verdict

23/30

The first of Chef Hemant Oberoi's modern Indian restaurants, this has the look and feel of an Indian restaurant in London. The menu, however, is a little more traditional with an emphasis on the flavours of home cooking with many nods to Chef Oberoi's Punjabi roots. It remains one of the few Indian restaurants in the world to grind its own flour every day and should you so desire, the chef will come and make fresh chapattis by your table.

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User Reviews on Masala Art, Taj Palace, New Delhi


Foodieediva
Posted on : 14 Apr, 2017
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
best hotel in delhi
I have so many memories with this hotel i love everything about this property sply this restro Perfect place for family dinners Its food is very interesting. Not the traditional Indian food but something similar with a difference ,. Excellent ambiance, a great variety of food and a fantastic staff, thebest is yellow dal it taste so light and delicious

Kabir Midha
Posted on : 15 Nov, 2016
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Some great stuff
I have been to this restaurant thrice and each experience has been better than the other. I would personally like to thank my server on my last meal her name was Rita and she was exceptional. Knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. Try making a reservation before - always recommended. Thank you again for an enjoyable evening.

Ankit Vadhera
Posted on : 08 Sep, 2016
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Awesome
The food at this restaurant was amazing.....Specially the starters.....The ambience of the restaurant was also very refreshing....I had a great evening with my friends ..A perfect getaway for some great delicacies.....One can also explore the desserts at this place as they have a good variety of it..Overall a great experience!

Arpit
Posted on : 26 Jul, 2016
Bad service
I dined at Masal Art on 15.07.2016 with my family. We were 8 people and my bill no. (check no. is 53582). I would like to share my experience with you. We were greeted nicely and our table was ready. We were escorted courtesly to our table. And thats it. The best part of the dinner comes to an end. What follows is a badly managed and unresponsive customer service. Masala Art proudly puts fancy "show plates" on the tables to go with the theme. We discovered that the plates were not clean and some had something sticky on them. When we asked our server to replace them, he casually said, "these are show plates" and then removes them all. Well, if you cant clean it, dont put it. While we were waiting for the guests to arrive, I asked our server to bring some bread basket and papads. The papads arrive soon enough but the breads took forever. I had to ask thrice by the way. My father was eating his papad when he felt that a non-edible non-chewy stony substance in his bite. I called the manager and asked him to enquire about it. After this, I didnt see him again. The only thing the restaurant did was to change the table mat. There was no regret, no apology. No inquiry what that inedible substance could be. Despite having two people around our table - Mukesh and Manoj, the service was super slow. The main course came after a long long wait. The food was lying next to our table but our server was busy being a social butterfly esp with foreigners while our food was getting cold. He had to be reminded that we were waiting. While serving us the daal, I could literally see him throw it in our bowls. On repeat order of breads, we had asked for pudhina parantha but got plain parantha instead. While principally we never appreciate the food to go waste, we informed the server about the problem but told him we would continue eating. He was very casual about the issue. He did say he was get us a fresh pudhina parantha, despite me telling him not to, and by the time it came, everyone had finished eating. But we all could feel that he didnt care. While a friendly staff is always appreciated, I dont think we lapses in service can be compensated by a casual talk or casual behaviour by the staff. I am absolutely sorry to say that the dining experience was one of the shittiest and crapiest that I have had in any 5* hotel anywhere. It was my sisters third anniversary but I dont think we would have any fond memories of this place. On the contrary, I would write strong reviews and let all friends and family know about the deteriorating quality of service at Taj. The experience was worst than that at a club in Delhi. Even there, a good tip ensures that you are taken care off, while the total bill amount is not even comparable. Honestly the restaurant doesnt even deserve a single star. I am never going to return to this restaurant. It was a very unexpected disappointment. Also, my bill mentions "total taxes" instead of the usual break up in service tax, VAT etc. I am not sure if this is allowed, from a legal standpoint. Looking into that as well. -Disappointed customer

Kim Irani
Posted on : 31 Mar, 2016
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Amazing
The Indian food served here is awesome.I tried the Apple Jalebi dessert and it was simply divine, it was the perfect way to conclude my meal here. the dal makhni here was also pretty noteworthy as was the as was the murgh shorba, and tandoori jheengas. The ambiance does not disappoint as well. the fresh phulkas made live at your table are also a nice touch.

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About Masala Art

‘Masala Art’ is one of the few Indian restaurants that have retained their authenticity yet adapting few contemporary tweaks to enhance the menu. Housed in one of the most poshest and famous hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, Masala Art has revealed itself to be a serious contender. Being a part of the affluent hotel the restaurant is regal contemporary. The medium brown tones are used from ceiling to floor. The trellis like ceiling is pretty stunning to look at. Smart and modern the décor is casual. The restaurant is large enough to seat a large party or if you are a lone diner than you can sit at the counter where chef will cook in front of you. Ask to be seated at the window side, it’s the best seats in the house. Chef Hemant Oberoi has stayed true to his Punjabi roots by infusing home cooking style to his menu.


Chef Oberoi uses olive oil to cook Indian food which is a first but somehow it works. Menu is authentically Indian with flashes of innovation courtesy to the chef. First on is soups or shorbas. Go with crab shorba and tamatar dhaniya shorba. Follow that with jaitooni mahi tikka, barrah kebab, khushk raan, galouti kebab, paneer Makai seekh, sarson ke phool, dahi aur sing dana ki tikka and doodhiya murg tikka. The mains are almost five pages long. Tawa bhindi naintara, chatpata crab, lobster in tandoori/curry/tawa, seabass chutneywali, bhuna gosht, subz kalonji, katliyan aloo, ajwaini malai kofte, chole, kasuri tawa pomfret, murg angara, gucchi matter, nalli ka salan and langarwali dal are the chef’s delight. Masala Art is one of the very few Indian restaurant that grinds its own flour every day resulting in soft and flaky indian breads to accompany the meal. Gilafi kulcha, sheermal and laccha paratha are worth trying.


As the final touch to the meal the restaurant has a very delectable range of sweet delights. Tilliwali kulfi, khajoor anjeer ka halwa, coco gulla, sheer-e-mewa, kale jam ka lancha, khubani badam ka halwa and if you want more than one than choose trio of dessert. The house specialty is fresh fruit juice and the sugarcane juice squeezed right in the bar on that roadside vendor like machine. If you desire the chef will come and make fresh chapattis by your table. Masala Art is a fantastic Indian place to celebrate with family. Expensive but exceptional it will stun you with barrage of flavours.

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