Being a Brit, I am rather partial to Indian food, well it is one of Britain’s national cuisines after all, and not just on a Friday night with a pint of larger either.
I have dined at many of the Indian restaurants in Shanghai over the years, from the first Indian restaurant in Shanghai the Tandoor at the old Jin Jiang hotel back in the mid 90’s when I lived here last, then you needed an expense account to dine there, as the prices were astronomical. Since then a considerable number of Indian establishments have opened. But always venture back to my favourites and they are either Masala Art or their adjoining neighbour Masala Desi, formerly known as Good Times which serves a sort of upmarket street style of Indian favourites and been a regular since 2007, all the dishes are served from the same kitchen for these two establishments.
For tonight’s dinner, I opted for their vegetarian Thali dish, which consisted of the following: saag paneer, chickpeas, brinjal, (aubergine) yellow dhal, aloo matar (potato and peas) all served in small copper pots (mind you, not too small) accompanied with pilau rice, along with a soft paratha, which helped to mop up the succulent sauces.
Each copper pot offered a cross-section of India and their varying regional dishes from the sub-continent, and all delightfully morish, I accompanied the meal with a salted Lassi, and finished with a freshly made cup of spicy masala chai. I don’t think the kitchen had much cleaning to do on those bowls after I had finished my meal.
I can only recommend dining at either of these venues, for it will be a true passage to India and the culinary delights that the country has to offer, all for 188RMB.
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