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“Excellent Authentic Indian food!”
Review of Masala

Masala
Ranked #24 of 147 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Authentic Indian food!”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

After reading a few of the reviews we weren't sure about eating here. However, the food was outstanding and the service good (we did eat early before the rush). They asked if we wanted our food mild, medium or hot. This was the Indian interpretation of hot! I had the chicken madras. It was very hot but great flavours and southern Indian influenced- Curry leaves and mustard seeds etc. Would definitely reccomemend and would be very happy to have an Indian restaurant like this in our town!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent indian - just as it should be!”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Went to Masala on a wednesday night, no issues with service (it wasnt the quickest but at least it didn't feel like we were rushed). Had poppadums which were fine but no pickle tray, the bison kharhari, this was probably the highlight - very tender meat and very tasty sauce. Also had butter chicken which was rich and tasty, one portion of rice and one very tasty nann was plenty for 2 and both as good as I've had in most of Indians (including 2 weeks in India!). Would definitely recommend and no automatic gratuity as with other reviews.

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1 Thank Grahamjenks
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Canmore, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“We're becoming regulars!”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

We first tried Masala a couple of months ago and were pleasantly surprised. First good sign: lots of customers of South Asian ancestry. Second: prompt, friendly service from a cheerful young woman who knew her menu and was able to match our tastes with what she could offer. They have the usual Indian restaurant selections, but always freshly cooked and piping hot. We asked for medium spicing and that's what we got - just spicy enough. The bison dishes are definitely worth trying. So is the salty lassi, an excellent alternative to beer (just ask them to go easy on the salt).
This is a great place to go before a show at the Banff Centre.

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank Izmircanuck
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good indian resto, will come again”
Reviewed September 7, 2011

.indian cuisin
.around the corner from homestead inn, where we stayed
.a table of two indians behind us, who ordered in their native tongue, to me its a good sign.
.girlfirend ordered chicken curry and I had salmon. I asked about salmon and they said it was wild atlantic. Meat was white and I was surspicios. Was ok, but chicken curry was gooood.

Summary: not a ten $ to fifteen $ resto, more closer to 17 to 22 range. With tip, bit came to 55$. We liked it. Didn't like the fact they charged us 5$ for rice and 3$ for the bread. Am from vancouver, so this was a semi shocker. LOL. Oh well, its a tourist town.

I would recon if u r willing to pay 50 to 60 for two persons. We didn't drink anything other than water.

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Toronto
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“Amazing food, ultra-attentive service, fabulous all around!”
Reviewed August 27, 2011

I'm baffled by the negative reviews! Fortunately, friends of ours (serious Indian food lovers) had visited Banff and raved to us about this restaurant -- saying it was one of the best Indian meals they'd ever had. We were not disappointed at all!

We went for dinner twice on weeknights. Our servers on both occasions were efficient and extremely helpful. My partner can't eat things with any kind of chilis or chili powder in it, and asked whether they'd be able to prepare something without it -- no problem. I wanted to specify only white meat in a dish -- again, no problem. When they delivered the food, they told us specifically that if it wasn't to our liking, just let them know and they'd have it fixed. They filled our water glasses before we had time to ask for a refill.

The food was absolutely delicious. Our favorite dishes were the butter chicken and the daal. (and, of course, the naan) I would've happily eaten there for every meal. The dining room is attractive and has big windows looking out onto a side street of Banff. Washrooms are down a flight of stairs in the basement.

  • Visited August 2011
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