Sherman's Food Adventures: Urban Masala Grill & Restaurant

Urban Masala Grill & Restaurant

Okay, it was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time. With all my picture-taking and the fact I could pass for Japanese, someone has finally done the predictable. While I was snapping photos of the buffet station as I was leaving Urban Masala, the owner asked me if I was "Japanese". Go ahead. Laugh if you will. I often joke about how I look like a Japanese tourist because I take pictures of practically anything. I just didn't expect that query to come from here. That actually stunned me and I really didn't have an answer at first. I could see the owner's son sharing a chuckle in the background with Nikita. I'm not sure what they thought about my standard excuse that I just like taking pictures of food...

Formerly Ravi Bar & Grill, the restaurant does not seemed to changed much other than the name. One thing that is different is the available buffet. Now while buffets are usually not the best way to experience food, it is a good way to get a variety. Hence, Nikita and I had a no-brainer. We merely grabbed a plate and began to eat! One other benefit of a buffet... no waiting around! Much like Mehfil, there are a variety of items such as Butter Chicken, Goat Curry, Aloo Mattar, Dhall Makhani, Shahi Paneer and Curry Yogurt (Cuddi). Naan was served fresh from the kitchen. I thought the Goat Curry was the best of all the curries. The meat was tender and mostly moist (it's difficult since goat is lean) while the curry was mild and did a good job in masking the gaminess. As for the Butter Chicken, it was predominantly tomato and lacked creaminess. As for the other curries, they were very mild and watery.

The Naan was soft and slightly chewy as it was served hot from the kitchen. I would've preferred a bit more browning on the outside; but it was fine as it was. It did a good job soaking up the curries. After it was all said and done, we were pretty full and it didn't cost too much. In terms of value, we got our money's worth. The food itself was pretty average, although the goat curry was good. Personally, I would rather go somewhere else and not do a buffet. Yet, if you are hungry and don't really care about quality, this place can fill you up.

The Good:
- Nice dining space
- Good service
- Reasonably-priced

The Bad:
- Food is pretty average
- Restaurant didn't seem very busy, I wonder about the turnover of food

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KimHo said...


Next time I would like to hear you say "me not speak Engrish"! HAHAHAHA

Sherman Chan said...

Haven't used that line yet!

Anonymous said...

The "Are you Japanese?" question actually happened to me at a different Indian restaurant. What surprised me is that he actually lived in Japan and spoke the language quite fluently (I used to live in Japan and did see a number of Indians residing in the metropolitan areas).

Maybe he wanted to talk?

Sherman Chan said...

Hey, you never know eh?

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