Masala Zone  

 
 
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80 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NU
 
 
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Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday: 12:30-15:00,17:30-23:00. Saturday: 12:30-23:00. Sunday: 12:30-17:00,17:30-22:30
 
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Masala ZoneSpice up the end of summer with a trip to the Islington branch of this highly respected modern Indian. Authenticity is at the core of this home style cooking adapted, but not bastardised, for the Western palette. Their charming al fresco terrace is the perfect place to catch the tail end of our belated summer and the most secluded spot on Upper Street. Powerful heaters are on hand to stave off the onset of winter chills.

Smiling staff ensure that a meal there is an absolute pleasure and on our visit the manager wowed us with his incredibly detailed description of every dish and its history. Masala means spice and each dish we sampled was bursting with an array of unexpected flavours. Feeling slightly overwhelmed by a menu that takes in everything from vindaloos to veggie burgers, we opted to start with a grazing platter piled high with perfectly crisp samosas, incredibly moreish sev puri (crunchy biscuits piled high with creamy spiced mash and three tangy chutneys) and other delicious morsels.

Thalis are the house speciality and give you the opportunity to try an array of different dishes. My vegetable option was truly sublime, chunks of sweet potato floated happily alongside fragrant bananas in an almost orgasmic combination of sweet and savoury flavours. My partner’s choice gave me grounds for concern as prawn dishes are often let down by amoeba sized pieces of seafood which remain undetectable to the naked eye. My worries were allayed by the arrival of a Prawn Thali piled high with the juiciest tiger prawns I’ve ever eaten in the capital.

Wonderfully full we contemplated their traditional dessert menu which serves as an initiation into the Indian concept of sweetness. The caramel kufti was a concoction of homemade ice cream served on a bed of summer fruits. Kheer was a chilled Indian chocolate rice pudding which teetered just on the right side of richness. Masala Zone is a treat at any time of year but autumn is the ideal time to indulge in their range of warming curries and refreshing starters and puddings. A mug of ginger teas provided the perfect finale to an evening of sumptuously healthy eating.

 

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Angel Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
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Canonbury Overground Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
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Elia Mews Car Park
 
7 minutes walk
 
Macclesfield Road NCP
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £84  33% off
53 Upper Street, N1 | 1 minute from Masala Zone
The Business Design Centre next door is the obvious attraction for many of the guests at this smart, efficient Hilton Hotel, but Islington's excellent restaurants and ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £91  26% off
60 Pentonville Road, N1 | 8 minutes from Masala Zone
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Islington underwent a major refurbishment in 2014, transforming the rooms and suites into a stylish accommodation option. The newly ... More
 
 
 
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £47  27% off
Central Street, EC1V | 13 minutes from Masala Zone
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ... More
 
 
 
 
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Mem & Laz
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
8 Theberton Street, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
This bustling Turkish restaurant down an Islington side-street serves a range of delicious Mediterranean dishes at a very decent price. Recently expanded to take on the ... More
 
 
 
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Rooburoo
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
21 Chapel Market, Islington, London N1 | 7 minutes from Masala Zone
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Roots at N1
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
115 Hemingfor Road, Islington, London N1 | 11 minutes from Masala Zone
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Rodizio Rico
London > Restaurants > South American restaurants
77 - 78 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | Same location as Masala Zone
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Pizzeria Oregano
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19 St Alban's Place, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Masala Zone
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Cote - Islington
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4-6 Islington Green, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Masala Zone
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - 8pm
Masala Zone, 44 Essex Road, N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - 7pm
Masala Zone, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, N1 | 4 minutes from Masala Zone
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 10th October to 24th November 2017
Masala Zone, Almeida Street, N1 | 4 minutes from Masala Zone
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London > Entertainment > Cinemas
83 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Masala Zone
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Angel Comedy Club
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The Camden Head, 2 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Masala Zone
Stand-up comedy every night of the week, with the programme ranging from new comedy talents to well-known TV stalwarts trying out new material. ... More
 
 
 
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The King's Head
London > Entertainment > Theatres
115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
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The Little Angel Theatre
London > Attractions > Activities for Kids
14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from Masala Zone
This innovative children's theatre provides a showcase for the art of puppetry. Founded by master puppeteer John Wilkes in the early 1960s, this small, unusual theatre ... More
 
 
 
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The Enchanted Christmas House
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
2-18 Britannia Row, N1 | 4 minutes from Masala Zone
The immersive Enchanted Christmas House adventure for children aged between one and eight welcomes youngsters into a house of dressing up, biscuit decorating and theatre, ... More
 
 
 
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The Islington Metal Works
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
7 Torrens Street, Islington, London EC1V | 6 minutes from Masala Zone
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Jewel
London > Shopping > Jewellery
16 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
A showcase for two jewellery designers Lesley Vik Waddell and Kirt Holmes, this is a very pretty little shop and is filled with deliciously frivolous trinkets ... More
 
 
 
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Loop
London > Shopping > Specialists
15 Camden Passage, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
'Loop' is a gorgeous shop to do with all things knit. A huge selection of exquisite yarns from around the world as well as haberdashery, vintage ... More
 
 
 
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Paul A Young Fine Chocolates
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
33 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
Before he was a full-time chocolatier, Paul A Young was patissier for Marco Pierre White. The drama and perfectionism demanded by a Michelin-starred restaurant are both ... More
 
 
 
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London Flower School
London > Education > Professional Training
16-20 Wharfdale Road, N1 | 14 minutes from Masala Zone
Whether a beginner, thinking of making it your career or an experienced florist, the London Flower School can help you to improve. ... More
 
 
 
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B&H Kitchen
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 15 minutes from Masala Zone
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 17 minutes from Masala Zone
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 15 minutes from Masala Zone
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ... More
 
 
 
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London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Norman Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 16 minutes from Masala Zone
Excellent fencing courses for beginners with highly trained coaches, good facilities and years of experience teaching this ancient, noble sport. Fencing is very good fun and ... More
 
 
 
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Arthouse, 1 York Way, N1C | 16 minutes from Masala Zone
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The Old Queen's Head
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44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
A gorgeous antique interior, a delicious menu and some top DJs at weekends. The Old Queen's Head opened with a fantastic recipe for success in 2006 ... More
 
 
 
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116 Cloudesley Road, Islington, London N1 | 5 minutes from Masala Zone
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The Barnsbury Freehouse and Dining Room
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
209-211 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 | 5 minutes from Masala Zone
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Dirty Martini, Islington
London > Nightlife > Bars
74 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Masala Zone
This chain of glamorous cocktail bars is a great spot for after work drinks and big nights out, with regular happy hours and drink deals. There ... More
 
 
 
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Colebrookes
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Masala Zone
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Hoxley & Porter
London > Nightlife > Bars
153 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 5 minutes from Masala Zone
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Business Design Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from Masala Zone
Exhibitors love this venue and it's easy to see why. The Business Design Centre in Islington is in a great location just one mile from The ... More
 
 
 
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Little Angel Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Dagmar Passage off Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from Masala Zone
A teeny, tiny and wonderful puppet theatre located in a hidden side road backing onto a green church yard ideal for spontaneous picnics with goodies from ... More
 
 
 
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