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“Average” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Masala

Masala
Rataskaevu 9 / Dunkri 11, Old Town | 10143, Tallinn 10143, Estonia
+372 6108440
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Ranked #346 of 492 restaurants in Tallinn
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: Asian, Indian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Estonia
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

People have their food preferences but what you can't argue with is quality. Food in Masala Lounge is ok, very much average, even the praised Chicken Tikka Masala. But there is one trait that runs through everything i was served - it's all very thin. Watery. Too liquid. Meaning dals have barely any lentins in them, the same Chicken Tikka Masala only few pieces of meat etc; even their masala chai tasted like liquid from rinsing out the cups after drinking proper masala chai: no creaminess, no strength of black tea, no balanced spices. Frankly it tasted like masala chai you can buy from grocery shop. That being said the food wasn't bad, but i personally like my food with some content. The place itself has very little armosphere. The name Masala 'Lounge' made me think of soft pillows, spicy colors, metal lamps and fragrant smells. Instead you get cold walls, so-so service, random seating, weird wall art and definitely no experience from it all.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Stockholm, Sweden
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Expensive and can do better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

There are no good Indian restaurants in Estonia. POINT.
We gave Masala a try but will not go back. The food is slightly below average and quite expensive. IT's not difficult to make good food, Masala just needs to improve some small things to be succeed. Like do not use the smallest shrimps ever in the soups, but 2 larger ones and the customers will be happy :-) I do not want to search for shrimps in the soup :-) Skip the burnt bits of bread in the tomato soup. Do not overcook the King Prawns in the Sizzler dish, it's one of the most expensive dishes in the menu, so make sure that if someone pays 25 eur that he or she will be satisfied :-) Give some more chicken in the chicken kebab dish, chicken is cheaper than prawns :-)
Pity, coz Masala has the potential to be great, because the staff looks like they should know what is good (the guys looked Indian ;-), location is good, interior and atmosphere is right, the service is OK...
I have been eating Indian food in several countries (including Sweden and Singapore) and I know that the real Indian can do better even in Tallinn.

Visited December 2012
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Poor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Service was very friendly, but the food was under average. Nothing was fresh and food tasted like straight from a can.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Tallinn
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Average Food, Average Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

they have great deals on most of the time but the food is fairly average.
Their masala tea isnt really masala tea (I know cuz I have been having it since I was 10).
the service is mediocre - sometimes they are good but as a rule quite poor.
have given up on the place after a few attempts

Visited October 2011
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Helsinki, Finland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fine Indian”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Tom Yam was not authentic but a fine choice. Chicken Korma didn't taste any better than
convenience food but Chicken Tikka Masala vas very good.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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