Despite a number of other restaurants which were advertised as being open on Thu nights being closed (due to lack of customers?) Masala Shanti was open and welcoming with at least another dozen diners when we arrived.
The decor is beautiful - warm and inviting - and quite upmarket compared to many other Indian restaurants we've eaten at in Brisbane.
The service was very friendly, fast and knowledgeable.
The menu was quite extensive including a number of dishes I'd not seen before. We had the tandoori prawns and vegetable samosas as entrees. The prawns were large, beautifully spiced and succulent. The samosas were individual slices of vegetables in chickpea batter - crisp and not at all oily. The accompanying salad was fresh, crisp and tasty and the sauces were beautifully flavoured. For mains we had prawn madras and potato and paneer kofta. The prawm madras was exquisite - flavoursome, large succulent prawns and thick rich sauce. The potato and paneer kofta had balls of potato and paneer in a thick richly flavoured sauce. We had coconut rice with it but didn't order bread so as to allow room for dessert. I rarely eat dessert and have never had dessert at an Indian restaurant before, but I was intrigued by the Gajar Ka Halwa (carrot pudding) option. It was gorgeous - moist, flavours of caramon, almond, pistachio coming through. Not overly sweet so for someone who usually avoids sugar it was a great option.
We hadn't arrived prepared for a BYO restaurant so just drank soda water. My husband had a cappuccino to finish which had a pile of fluffy froth on top of the large cup.
All in all, excellent food, great service, clean kitchen (you can see in), nice decor and pleasant background music.I couldn't fault it. The price was very reasonable so we left a healthy tip to show our appreciation.
If we lived on the mountain or visited again we'd definitely eat there again.
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