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Reviewed August 21, 2020 via mobile

Very good indian food. I loved the Balchao shrimp (probably one of the best indian dished I’ve tried). The butter chicken was not great, a bit sweet.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed January 2, 2020

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

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 16, 2019 via mobile

It is a great selection of different dishes in the lunch buffet. Staff is friendly and attentive. Parking is plentiful.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 27, 2019

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

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed April 16, 2019

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

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

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

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 30, 2018

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

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

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

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

We most often visit here for their peerless lunch buffet but decided on a Friday evening date this time. We each got a mixed grill, one tandoori & the other seafood, and were served with mounds of delicious and spicy meats, cod, salmon, & shrimp....Next time we will share one! Don’t hesitate to try their spicy margarita cocktail! Great Indian food!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Tucked away in a strip mall in space that used to be Three Pigs, Masala is a nice surprise, comfortable, friendly, and with excellent Tandoori food. The garlic and basil naan was lovely, and the salmon was flavorful without overpowering with spices. Friendly, capable wait...staff -- we hope to go back to try the lunchtime buffet.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

The lunch buffet was awesome. For $11 I got three great plates of food comprised of all kinds of different tasty Indian cuisine. There was a great variety that included some Americanized options for less adventurous eaters. And yet, I knew the more authentic options...were the real deal because there were so many Indian people eating there.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

We went on a Saturday evening with reservations. It didn't matter -- they gave us a cramped area with 4 chairs for 4 people- but placed in such an angle that once you get in you are stuck inside & cannot move. Chairs are placed...at 45 degree angles so one has to slide in & out. There were mosquitos & poor AC. We ordered 2 appetizers- the pakora & veg platter- chutney does not come with them but the complimentary relish tray had a bit left & didn't get refilled. The entrees were supposed to be medium spice but it was too spicy & it hits your throat. Nothing we could do about that except order mango lassi to wah it down. Rogan josh was a disappointment & the meat did not taste like lamb- more like beef chunks. The grilled platter was okay.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Had a very nice dinner here with family. Vegetarian and Non- Vegetarian options were superbly prepared. Food was well spiced, balanced and delicious. We had the black dhal- outstanding and tandoori paneer; with vegetarian breyani and tandoori naan. You get value for money; portions very...generous; waiters sharp with prompt service. Overall outstanding.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4