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“Our new favorite restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Masala Magic Indian Fusion Restaurant & Bar

Masala Magic Indian Fusion Restaurant & Bar
14313 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192-6806
703-491-4900
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Ranked #64 of 235 Restaurants in Woodbridge
Price range: $7 - $18
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Woodbridge, Virginia
1 review
“Our new favorite restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We've been to Masala Magic several times over the last few years. In the past the food was good but not fantastic. Recently a new owner, named Assad, took over the restaurant and we found a dramatic, positive difference in the food and service. Equally as important, he hired a new chef that clearly is amazing.
It had been a while since we ate here so we decided to head over and see if we could catch the lunch buffet they serve every day. It was almost 2 o'clock so I was a little concerned that we would end up with cold food that had been sitting a long time. Not so. The food was all fresh and piping hot.
Everything we had was fantastic. I'm not sure of the names of all the dishes but there was Tandoori chicken, two other chicken dishes in sauce, a goat curry, spinach, okra, two types of rice, a cauliflower dish and a dish made with peas and sauce with cubes of paneer, as well as several others. Each dish was clearly handmade, rather than the “out of a can” one sometimes finds in Indian places, and tasted fresh, exploding with authentic flavor.
There were also the usual side sauces: Raita, Tamarind chutney, mint sauce and salty/spicy mixed pickle, all of which I believe were handmade from scratch rather than decanted from jars.
The Naan bread - all we could eat - was fresh and hot and perfectly fired in a clay oven, absolutely tip-top. We also tried the salty lassi, which was bursting with flavors of cumin and other spices, extraordinarily different and better than any other savory lassi I had ever had. We’ve seen them bring out mango lassi as well, and it appeared to be made on the spot with fresh mangos. Unlike in other places, they did not skimp on the lassi, refilling my glass of it when I wished without extra charge.
We’ve now eaten there several times in the last couple of weeks and each time the quality has been superb, with no hiccups or problems. If there ever was an issue, I know that the owner would instantly make it right.
Bottom line: I’ve had better Indian food at only one place in the world, at a world-class restaurant in Tokyo with a 5-star Bombay chef. If you have the time and money, feel free to fly to Japan. Otherwise, just drive on over to Masala Magic near Potomac Mills, and tell them Dave and Beth sent you. Assad knows us now, and soon he’ll know you.
PS, We recommend the buffet as the best value and also thought you'd like to know they have a free poker tournament every Thursday night at 7PM.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
DC
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Excellent Indian food and servce”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We purchased a Groupon deal and went here for dinner last night. Everything was excellent. I believe the owner took our order and served us. He took care of our every need. This is the best Indian restaurant in the Woodbridge area for sure.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfax, Virginia
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153 reviews 153 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Great food and very friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I went her with my family and they were great with my 2 yr old. The owner came over with some food off the buffet that was not spicy for her and then later he made her a special fruit juice drink for her. We all had the buffet for lunch it was nice to try all the different foods. They were all very good. I really liked the atmosphere the whole place was a enjoyable experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

my wife and I had dinner here this evening and it was one of the best meals I had recently. The place was clean, service great, and food exceptional. We both love Indian food and this place was great. We will go back again and again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
1 review
“Under New Management”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

The Marsala Magic is under new management and the new owner is anxious to please and is personally involved in your user experience. I had the Nepalese Chicken Curry (Indian Spicy) and was rewarded with a major endorphin experience. The heat comes on slow and has a long finish with out a flashy burn. It is obvious they are trying to make it work and there does not seem to be anyone left from the old crew. Give it another try and I think you will be suprised. I thought it was very good and much improved.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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