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This was the second of Chef Hemant Oberoi's Masala restaurants to open (after Delhi's Masala Art) and the idea was to draw on traditional recipes, eliminate some of their unhealthier elements and to cook them in glamorous surroundings, vaguely reminiscent of an Indian restaurant in London. There are the usual Masala touches: live counters for cooking, olive oil in many dishes and flour that is freshly milled every day. If you are entertaining a foreign visitor to Bombay, then this is the place to take him.
This is in the iconic Taj Mahal hotel by gateway of India. We went for my mom's 70th birthday and had reserved a table in advance. Mainly had veg main course of lasooni palak, dal makhani and paneer kadhai with many breads. The food was delicious and portions are decent. Breads were good but not great. Service is a bit slower...things like water refills, getting food served from bowls after intial serving, etc had to be reminded. Ambience is also not contemporary; the restaurant reeks of older decor. They were very nice and got a nice chocolate cake on the house with candle at the end. Also with eazydiner membership I got 25% off which was great. No service charge included in the bill and so be sure to add tip on your own.
had dinner and went for the testing menu which was quite expensive at about 6 k per pack with wine . the wine selection was quite average . the food was good but nothing exceptional . the service was pretty good though
Went for a family dinner. Food quality and service is extraordinary. Wouldn't call it value for money. Overall good.
We decided to dine here to mark the end of a 5-week adventure travelling through India. Once through the main door & security at the Taj Mahal Palace it was a bit off-putting as we had to make our way through noisy hordes of tourists milling about in this reception area. Once at the Masala Kraft restaurant however it was much calmer with a lovely ambience. We were allocated a personal waiter for the evening who was professional, friendly and attentive. We opted for the ‘wine paired’ set menu and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the meal and the experience.
Used to be my favuorite place in Colaba but now something has changed. Long wait before foods arrived and doubtable taste of the classical dish. Disappointed. Expensive.
It may seem like Indian food may have undiscovered all they were entitled to but somehow chefs manage to evoke something unexpected from their traditional recipe trunk. It has become sort of an obsession with the chefs to recreate traditional Indian dishes or discover recipes lost in time to entice their patrons. It was with this precise reason that ‘Masala’ restaurants were conjured. Brainchild of Chef Hemant Oberoi of Taj Hotels, Masala restaurants were a way to bring back traditional Indian recipes with a bit more healthier bang and present them in glamourous surroundings. After the success of Masala Art restaurant in New Delhi, the arrival of ‘Masala Kraft’ in Mumbai was much anticipated. Soon the restaurant became an iconic dining destination for North Indian food and gourmets flocked to Taj Mahal Palace at Apollo Bunder, where the restaurant is located, for a taste.
The menu is a perfect reflection of Chef Oberoi’s Punjabi roots and his personal Amritsari favorites simply shines through. The chef has been ingenious enough to take account of some Pakistani Punjabi dishes as well, which you will find to be authentically prepared. Masala Kraft is busy all year round, do book in advance. Be aware, this is one expensive place. Go with a substantial wallet. Chances are you will find your favorite celebrity dining next to your table. Enjoy a glass of wine to go with your meal or stick to some traditional aperitif. Open the menu with starters like, tandoori pink salmon, kurkure aloo, lucknavi seekh, doodhiya murgh tikka or kakori kebab. For a more extensive fare sample their delectable curries. A bowl of fragrant biryani or a basket of fresh phulkas will complement your main course perfectly.
Relish a cup of specialty tea or Taj’s own coffee blends with your dessert course. How about indulging in, Amritsari kulfa falooda or baked gulab jamun yoghurt or balai ka tukda or khubani ki phirni to round off your meal? As you step inside Masala Kraft, you will notice an elegant intense interior. Heavy wooden influence marks the place with thick low chiseled wooden rafters working well against black carved pillars. Sheer wooden screens are used to divide the space. Lighting is dim and intimate. While the menu is purely North Indian, the interiors bear a distinct South Indian impression. If you are entertaining a foreign guest, this is the place to bring him.