Call it my personal bias but every new Indian restaurant opening in town gets me a tad overexcited as my taste buds prepare themselves to take the trip down memory lane. After having been to Kanishka, I was thrilled to hear about the opening of the Masalchi restaurant in Wembley Park not just because of the new Indian restaurant in town but also because of the proximity to Wembley Park.
Wembley Park Location
Wembley Park has been booming and becoming the new “talk of the town” when it comes to entertainment, food, and shopping with all the mega redevelopment happening around the stadium. As you walk out of the station and walk closer to the Wembley Stadium it would be hard for anyone to miss Masalchi restaurant having situated right next to the stadium.
When entering the restaurant you see a very large well-spaced-out layout with a bar in the centre being a perfect backdrop for a friendly setting with a Pan-Indian menu of healthy and hearty dishes that as described by the restaurant:
“Atul Kochhar has discovered at provincial markets during his back-street travels and street food experiences with family, friends and peers.”
Spice Masters Menu
As I indulged in the Spice Masters menu the first bite of the Aloo Kachori took me back to the streets of an Indian food market and as I continued venturing onto kebabs called “Miyaji Sheekwale” I understood how the menu has been carefully crafted to truly give you a “street food experience”. In London, one doesn’t often come across combinations of Aloo Kachori, Peeli Daal along with Chicken Makhan Palak all giving a unique homely, cooked meal feel.
What’s even more amazing is that with each bite of every dish I felt like I was in a different part of India, as I tasted Chicken 65 with its soft texture, it took me to the streets of Delhi to the Saag Aloo Pyazi (onion bhaji with spinach and potatoes) with raw tamarind chutney reminded me of a rainy day back in India to Subz Nariyal Korma, a Chennai style vegetable korma transporting me to Southern part of India.
The Chukunder Chaap (beetroot and pine nuts croquettes with kachumber salad) was a unique combination that was new to me, and I very much enjoyed it! Not only was I super excited to try the Mango Lassi because let’s face it isn’t it an ultimate delight? The one drink that completely surprised me and made me enjoy my meal, even more, was the Chilli Mango Virgin Mojito, an unexpected star of the meal. I never imagined the combination of mojito and mango would be so wonderful! Speaking of the star of the show, I can not mention the Punjabi Chole and Chicken Makhan with Palak along with the fresh naan and rice as they were truly delicious and a must-try!
Masalchi Indian Desserts
After finishing such a wholesome meal, just when we thought we were stuffed to the core, we were presented with Gulab Jamun in rose syrup and with each bite, we slipped into a food coma as they were mouth-watering.
Masalchi Restaurant: Expert Conclusion
The restaurant itself tends to get busy even for a weekday creating a great ambience for a lovely dinner setting be it for a cosy intimate meet up or even a large get together. Masalchi restaurant offers a wide range of menus from no onion and no garlic menus, to set lunch and dinner menus.
✔️ Overall Rating – 8/10
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👨🍳 Our Expert: Palakh Dutta