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This is a good place to try Indian food if you haven't had it before or you think "ugh". The food is not overly spicy and the "heat level" can be modified. The butter chicken is quite tasty as are the tandoori selections. The naan...and other Indian breads are especially good and add to the enjoyment of the meal.More
Had a delivery last night from this place. Very disappointing. Butter chicken has maybe about one thigh worth of chicken and the sauce was way too sweet to the point of being inedible in fact.
The spinach in our Palak paneer was fine, but like...the butter chicken, there were maybe only 4 or 5 cheese cubes. Very flimsy.
Not going to be going back there.More
Mclean is not known for it's restaurants. With the exception of a sushi, thai and Iranian kabob house, there's not much diversity. Until now. We now have a great option when we are tired of the other three....and I was literally exhausted. Masala is now...my new go to place for both good Indian food at an incredible value. Is it the best Indian food in the area....probably not...but it's good enough and for $11 the buffet variety is amazing. AND they allow take out buffet -- you could literally throw an entire Indian dinner party at home for under $50!!More
We chose Masala on a friend's recommendation -- good call. We began with appetizers: Vegetable Momo (steamed dumpling containing vegetables, onion, garlic and spices) and Vegetable Samosa (patties stuffed with spicy potatoes and peas). The entrees included Lamb Korma (cooked in cardamom, with cashews in...sauce), Bhindi Amchuri (okra sauté with onion, tomato and cilantro), Tandoori Shrimp (marinated in roasted garlic and chili paste), Hariyali Subzi (greens sauteed in garlic and tomato) and Peshawari naan (stuffed with dry cherry and coconut). As usual, we shared the various offerings. I preferred the Lamb Korma (in my case, served with brown rice) and the Tandoori Shrimp (served with an appealing sizzle). This place will satisfy Indian cravings.More
My partner and I were craving a good curry after the gym. Masala is a decent sized quirky Indian restaurant in McLean. The service was great and my glass was never empty. The food was delicious and staff very friendly. The spice was on point,...I ordered butter chicken with a medium twist and it was definitely made perfectly and fresh.More
We have dined here a few times, but we get takeout food from here regularly. They will deliver, or you can order and pick it up. The food is very good, and they have a pretty extensive menu. It is a great spot for casual...dining, conveniently located in the heart of McLean Village. It is definitely one of our favorites!More
I ate here with family on a Sunday night in mid November.
We ordered a wide selection of breads, lamb Tikka, and few vegetarian dishes.
I was most disappointed with the bread basket. The bread looked to have been made a long while before it...was served and was somewhat dry and stale.
Overall, I found the fare uninspired, and not at all equal to the standard set by the Haandi restaurant in nearby Falls Church.
To their credit, the restaurant has great ambience, and great service.More
I had been to this restaurant before, it was adequate for a quick meal,
The buffet lunch was poorly stocked, the tandoori chicken was dry and tasteless.
There were just a few slices of nan bread, the ones I picked were also dry.
There were...other preparations that were completely unappealing.The one thing that was OK was the white rice,
Maybe it was a bad day for Masala, but consistency is what makes or breaks a restaurant. I doubt I will take another chance here.
I prefer to write positive reviews, however, to experience indigestion and stomach pain is not my idea of a buffet lunch, hopefully it is not more than that.More