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“Good food for a good price in Hollywood” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Urban Masala Fresh Indian

Urban Masala Fresh Indian
6554 Hollywood Blvd, La Quinta, CA 90028
323 957 9999
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Ranked #61 of 106 Restaurants in La Quinta
Cuisines: Indian
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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“Good food for a good price in Hollywood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Let's face it, this is a fast food Indian restaurant. They have a serving line where you place your order and pick it up to take to your table like in a cafeteria. The seating is counter spaces with metal stools. Overall clean and practical. The server was very attentive and made some suggestions on sides. There was a line out the door and it was after 7pm!
The food was really good, especially for the price! The chicken tikka masala has won awards and we could see why. The vindaloo had a nice flavor as did the chicken curry and the chicken korma. The nan was really good and not burnt. The cucumber salad was fresh. You cannot beat the portion size for this price. They also serve beer.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“A waste of your time and money.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Urban Masala is a great idea on paper - a quick service Indian restaurant serving complete meals for a flat-fee cafeteria style.

Put in to practice however the execution of this restaurant is terrible; the staff were inattentive and the food was unidentifiable.

I waited at least 15 minutes before my order was taken, during which I painfully watched the two members of staff on duty clumsily fulfil the order of the single customer inline ahead of me, it seemed that the staff weren't listening to the customer, giving him several wrong items which then had to be changed.

When they finally got around to serving me I opted for a Masala Plate which for around $9 lets gives you your choice of two curries or sides, plus rice, salad and a naan bread, I chose chicken tikka masala and beef curry, and to be fair I was served pretty quickly, although there were no naan breads ready, and was told they would bring me one over once ready, something which never actually manifested.

$9 for all of this would actually have been pretty good value had the food not been so terrible. The beef curry was unlike any curry I have ever eaten in my life, made with what must be the lowest grade beef ever. It was like eating lumps of fat in a curry sauce. The chicken tikka masala was equally bad with gristly chicken cartilage. After eating about half the meal I abandoned it in fear of ruining my vacation in Hollywood with a bout of Delhi Belly.

By the time I left the restaurant the line had grown considerably and was being serviced as slowly as ever. I felt sorry for those at the back of the line.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Glen Allen, Virginia
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“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Nice place. When you enter, on your left sorta like buffet you pick food they give you. $8.95 gave us two entrees with rice, naan, and salad or raita. I had paneer tikka masala and chana masala. Paneer tikka masala was delicious but had no paneer in it. Chana masala was ok. Naan was not good back was fully burnt. Had tv but could not really hear people were so loud. Would come back though but like no parking nearby.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent food in a cool spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a great place to eat, for value, location, convenience and taste- for $5.95 or $8.95 you can get set servings of various meals, or you can order dishes you want separately as well. We had, for $5.95, a paneer tikka masala, with basmati rice, and a chicken tikka masala with the same rice, a small, fresh serve of diced peppers, onion and cucumber, a raita in other words, and we also ordered a naan bread, as extra- you get different types of bread, and yoghurt etc, all for a bit extra, but it's all good value. The serves are big and they taste good. The mango Lassi is also delicious. We went back another time and had the $8.95 option, we had the above plus a dahl; there's a good variety to choose from, all good Nortern Indian staples, and the place is clean and ambient, with high ceilings with exposed wooden beams and dark wood bench seating. It's counter service, you see the food you want, select it and take your plate to your table. There's cool clothing and show shops all around it as Hollywood Blvd ( the less frantic bit) slides past your window as you eat.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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