Restaurant Review: Masala Table @Global Culture in Vashi

Restaurant Review: Masala Table @Global Culture

We are huge fans of Mutton Galauti Kebabs. HUGE. And so, when the chef at Masala Table in Global Culture smiled and offered me Mushroom Galautis, I smiled back not knowing what to expect! Mushroom for the Mutton lover. Clearly, he was treading on dangerous grounds. One bite of the ‘Galauti’ though and I was left thinking that if the Mughal Badshaahs in Lucknow did not order their bawarchis to make Galautis with mutton, they would have probably made them with mushroom! Another era…

Circa 2015, and the Chef of Masala Table has gifted to vegetarians, Galautis. Superbly! That minced mushroom with the Galauti spices can be so exquisite, was an eye opener. But so were the Kabuli Ki Shami; yes, the veg alternative to Mutton Shami. Succulent and just the right spices. You suddenly looked forward to the non-meat/non-chicken platter to find out what other gems the Chef had to offer. I found Saunfwali Paneer – Paneer cchunks tandoored in spices and veggies with a strong aniseed flavor; Soya Sasi – little chunks of soya, perfectly marinated and tandoored again; Dahi Ki Kebab – can you imagine they can make kebabs with the humble yoghurt? They did, and I, shamelessly, took second helpings of it; Kokam Sherbet – a Kokam drink so refreshing and so good that it immediately shooed away the Mumbai heat; Mint Shikanji – a drink, once again, that Mumbai’s sultry weather would be scared of; Chatpati Alu – baby potatoes tandoored with spices, full of flavor and the zing you crave for in rainy afternoons…

And now, in case from all this gushing you get ideas about me turning veg, you are deeply mistaken. I still am as much the mutton lover I always used to be. Its only that Masala Table’s veg options truly bowled me over. Not, to go to my terrain, that of Chicken, Fish and Mutton, there was Chicken Angara – so good with the spices and tandoor that I missed rainy evenings and a good Margarita; Murg Magad – a subtle kebab which when married with the Dahi sauce can be the only thing you’d want to eat; Basa Rawa fry – hmm, all right, Basas are never a favourite with us Bengalis…

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After all of these, you’d think I am a rakshas to have gone for main course. But main course too had interesting items: Kathal Ki Biryani – very very interesting and so tasty that I was reminded of that dialogue in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Bawarchi where the brothers say the a good cook can make even Yams taste like mutton, while bad cooks can make Yams of muttons! 🙂 Kalimirch Paneer – full of flavor and perfect with a naan; Mutton Hariyali – tender pieces in a green gravy that was so so right with some plain rice; Mutton Biryani – a hyderabadi style biryani complete with spices, mint and curry leaves. Desserts was Fhirni – very subtle and light, just right for the summer months; Doodhi Ki Halwa – though not a great fan of doodhi, the halwa was good; and ignore the Lemon Tart, brownies and pastries….would have been too much. I, anyway skipped dinner….

All of this and more for Rs 625 per person on a weekday. For weekends, its Rs 675 per person. Check the veg rates in the picture given. Crazy prices for the food they offer – the best part is that they serve snacks hot and fresh, on the table. Similarly for rotis and naans. The spread is awesome and so so value for money.

Vashi truly has woken up to good food. Masala Table is one big example. It forms a part of Global Culture that has 2 other restaurants in the same place – one Continental, one Oriental. Perfect place for large groups with mixed food preferences…

Was touched by the creativity and sincerity of the staff at Masala Table….they have truly created items for the tastebuds of both veg and non-veg patrons. A huge place with simplistic yet stylish decor, come here if with a huge group or a huge appetite. You’d be so so happy, and stuffed when you go back.. 😀