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  • Masala Art was recommended by a number of people when I posted around my wechat groups asking for help finding an Indian restaurant with booths that wouldn’t mind my friend and I, uh, getting really comfortable for the long haul. It was still fancier than I wanted it to be, but I really can’t fault the place for being too nice. We were hungover and wanted a curry, and we didn’t want anything remotely bougie. They did have a booth on one side, and they didn’t appear to judge us as we both schlumped down into it. I think the restaurant had lovely decorations, and the staff were very well dressed, but it wasn’t the dive I was looking for in that moment. They did kindly tolerate our disheveled look as we ordered an obscene amount of food for two people.

    Star players were the Banana Lassi (RMB 29), which came out really quickly to my dehydrated delight, and the Aloo Pudina Angara (RMB 49), which was all the starchy potato goodness I needed stuffed with cottage cheese and mint. It was the right amount of spicy for our mood. We also of course ordered multiple orders of garlic and butter nan (RMB 19/each). There were also a few different curries we ordered, with Butter Chicken Masala (RMB 69) showcasing just how basic we really are. Overall, we enjoyed the presentation of the food, the food itself, and the friendly staff. It’s where you should go for a moderately priced casual date-night or dinner with some buds. And maybe don’t wear sweatpants like we did.

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