We decided fairly last minute that we wanted to eat out somewhere Saturday night, after…
Masala Junction Nottingham is a new Indian restaurant to open just outside of the main city in Mapperley Park. It was opened by Naj Aziz, who used to own well-known restaurant Memsaab on Maid Marion Way in Nottingham.
Rach noticed Masala Junction being renovated in the old Natwest bank at the bottom of Hucknall road on the way home from work, suggesting that we join a couple of our friends and go out for a nice meal to give it a try.
The building is very nice and I thought that the restaurant was decorated to a very good standard, it looks completely different to what it did when it was a bank. There are plenty of tables but not too many to feel like you cannot have a private conversation, and overall feels open and spacious.
The location of Masala Junction is actually pretty good even though it is not in the centre of town. If you are stopping in the Park Inn Hotel on Mansfield road, it’s the perfect location for you to sample a nice Indian meal without having to travel into the centre of town.
There are multiple bus routes that stop within minutes of the restaurant, and go into areas such as Arnold, Bulwell, Rise Park, and Hucknall (there are roughly 17 buses numbers that go near it!!)
I was actually impressed with the menu choice as there was a very large selection of both starters and mains, more than you would expect. It took me some time to choose as there were so many id like to have tried, which just means i’ll have to visit again!
Before the starter we did share some poppadoms and chutneys which were very tasty and did look/taste as though they were fresh.
The starter is a grilled lamb chop that is Lahori Style, which is a cuisine from the city of Lahore in Punjab, Pakistan. It did have a good kick to it with the spices but not so much that you couldn’t taste the great flavours.
This is their signature dish and I can see why as it really did taste very nice!
I have never eaten goat before so wanted to give it a go and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. The meat itself is very nice and full of flavour so I would recommend it, I just wish there was more meat! 🙂 The goat is spiced with garam masala and is also marinated in a sauce which has chilli, coriander and herbs.
With the main I did also share a mushroom rice and I had a peshwari naan bread, which also tasted very nice.
I thought the service was very good, many places I have been to that struggle when they have just opened but the staff looked as though they had been open for years and knew exactly what they were doing.
We were given a friendly welcome and shown to our table, soon after the menus were handed out and our drink orders were taken. The staff seemed very friendly and were more than happy to offer some expert advice on what some of the dishes were or what they would recommend.
Each course was brought out are a reasonable time, they were not too quick or too slow. The entire time we felt relaxed and were not rushed in anyway, which was very nice.
Sometimes you don’t want to have to go into the centre of the city for a nice meal but at the same time you want to be able to go. Masala Junction is perfect as it is outside of the main city but easy enough to get to, but more importantly the food tastes great!
Even though its only been open for a short time, if this is what I can expect from a nice restaurant then I am sure they will have many years of success and I cannot wait to come back and try some of the other tasty sounding dishes.
I would personally recommend it if you do like your Indian food, in a restaurant that know show to do good food but have a nice, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Address: 301 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, NG5 2DA
Phone: 0115 962 2366
I have enjoyed cooking for some years now, its one of the only things that I can do that makes me relaxed and forget any worries I have. I love trying new foods and visiting restaurants. Other hobbies include writing, game development and work :)