The ambience is really fit for royals. The choice of royal blue coloured seating and table mats in contrast to the copper vessels add a certain grandness to the place. The outdoor swing seating is my favourite and we decided to be seated there.
The royal ambience, impeccable service, courteous, friendly staff are just an add on to the delicious food at Masala Mandi, loaded with layers of flavours from whole spices, true to its name. Another thing I noticed and really do appreciate is the fact that everything was ecofriendly. We tried two amazing mocktails- Indian Spicy and Pineapple tricks which were both served in the fruit itself with a bamboo straw. That’s completely biodegradable. Also, the chaats were served in leaf bowls.
We started with the chaats from the live chaat counter. An array of different chaats like Dahi bhalla, Sev puri, Papdi chaat, Ram laddoo, Pani puri and kachori chaat were excellently prepared with the right balance of sweet, sour and spice. The meal was off to a great start.
The live grills were scrumptious, both veg and non-veg. I particularly relished the Paneer tikka, malai broccoli and the Mushroom galawat while my non-vegetarian friend thoroughly enjoyed the fish, chicken and grilled prawns.
The cream of mushroom soup was warm and comforting, my friend found the Badami Murg shorba really delicious too.
The main course is something that is going to make your day because it was heavenly. The dal masala mandi which is essentially Dal makhani will blow your socks off. It’s sinful and lip-smacking. Also, the veg biryani tasted exactly like how a biryani should, the spice builds up as you eat more and the dum flavour really comes through. Loved it. Even the Lehsooni dal and other gravies like dum aloo and Kadai paneer were exceptional. Full of flavour and richness. Again, non-veg was outstanding.
They also have a wide range of desserts, Kulfis and paans to choose from. I enjoyed the soft Gulab jamun, Shahi tukda and kulfi a lot. The Fire paan was something I tried for the first time and it was an amalgamation of hot and cold sensations with the taste of regular paan.
A special mention to Mr Bharath and Dalou who took care of us. Dalou is an amazing service staff, he is so humble and serves you with a smile. He keeps checking on you if you need anything and also explains the dishes to you. The whole team at Masala Mandi is great, kudos to them.