Flavours of India
Situated in Covent Garden, near the Royal Opera House, is the recently renovated branch of Masala Zone (p. 62). Dozens of Rajastani puppets hang from the ceiling, giving a nod to its theatrical location. The creators behind the restaurant – Camellia Panjabi, Namita Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani – are credited with bringing Indian food to the masses. In the restaurant you can try street food, from pakoras to samosas, and regional curries, inspired by places from Kerala to Hyderabad. If you aren’t sure what to order, ask for the thali – the platter has small portions of different curries and is a good reflection of what is eaten in Indian homes.