Cuisine: Fusion, Indian
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

Follow the smell of authentic Indian street food to Wellington’s cultural quarter, where Masala has been feeding hungry locals since 2001.

Menus take inspiration from throughout the Indian subcontinent while making the most of New Zealand’s bountiful natural larder, with all ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Broccoli coated in a fragrant yoghurt marinade is served wonderfully crisp from the traditional tandoori oven, while the peshwari beef arrives unctuous with ground almond paste and gravy.

While you’ll find all your traditional favourites, the chefs keep things feeling fresh with a fabulous selection of fusion dishes. Think chicken star, succulent chunks of meat cooked in onion and tomato sauce spiked with star anise, and even curry pizza, a must try.

Long sharing tables encourage a laid back, convivial atmosphere, while an extensive wine list and heady cocktails ensure the atmosphere is always buzzing. The exotic signature serve of rum, fresh mango pulp, Cointreau and peach schnapps will instantly transport you to a fragrant mango orchard in sunny India.

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Masala Cafe & Bar
12 Allen St
Te Aro
Wellington 6011

Open Hours:
Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm // 5pm - 10pm
Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm // 5pm - 11pm
Sat: 5pm - 11pm
Sun: 5pm - 10pm

Phone: 04 385 2012
Website: www.masala.gen.nz

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Masala Cafe & Bar
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: Fusion, Indian
Mains: $15 - $25
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Dining at Masala was a treat. There were four of us who all enjoy India cuisine. Our meal started with a shared platter which provided a great variety of interesting foods. Each of us had great experiences with our main course. My Fish Wellington and my friends Chicken Wellington were both exceptional dishes. Not only does Masala have a good wine list, we found the team to be well informed, knowledgeable and friendly.

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Dining at Masala was a treat. There were four of us who all enjoy India cuisine. Our meal started with a shared platter which provided a great variety of interesting foods. Each of us had great experiences with our main course. My Fish Wellington and my friends Chicken Wellington were both exceptional dishes. Not only does Masala have a good wine list, we found the team to be well informed, knowledgeable and friendly.

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Another great dinner at Masala, which has become a bit of a regular spot for us due to the food options, quality and price! They even went above and beyond to play a song we requested for our friend who was being farewelled.

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The food at Masala was amazing! Curry was full of flavour and the cheese and garlic naan was the best I have ever had. Would highly recommend.

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Sharon Marshall

Excellent food, all curries were delicious.

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We had a great time at Masala. Food was tasty and service was friendly and efficient. What more can you ask for.

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Ashley Stuart

Great service, the garlic and cheese naan bread was to die for - went back for seconds. Restaurant was heated which was great given the cold outside. Would recommend eating here!

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Lana

Had a lovely night at Masala. Food was great. I had an issue with how spicy one of my dishes but was replaced without a drama

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Calum Dolan

The best Indian I have ever had!

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Masala is a firm favourite of mine! Always a good butter chicken. Friends had lamb vindaloo and paneer tikka masala - both very happy. Enough rice for the three of us.

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Great food, nice atmosphere

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Great food but atmosphere lacked a little bit.

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Becca Harbison

Delicious!! Great vegetarian options.

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Was great food and very cosy restaurant

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Lisa Gibb

Great food and excellent service

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Regan Thompson-Taurima

A below average experience! After waiting 5 minutes to be attended to, we then waited a further 5 minutes for a waitstaff to clean the one (of two) available two seated table. After the table being half cleaned (rice and cutlery still left), we were asked to sit down. Once sat down, we waited a further 15 minutes to be served, and then another 40 minutes to eat our food.. which was good - but not worth the amount of sub pair waiting we had just experienced.

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Elizabeth Rutherford

Masala has the best garlic naans I have ever eaten! So soft and garlicky! The chicken korma was also the best I’ve ever had. To summarise, it was delicious!

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Food was great. Service was friendly but could have been a bit faster. Would recommend Masala.

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Courtney Rongonui

Meals come out in great portions size and timing was very reasonable. A few communication issues with drinks but was easily fixed without issue. Great dining experience.

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Bree Graczyk

Good food—nothing extraordinary in terms of taste or service, but good.

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The staff at Masala were friendly, accommodating, and so speedy! The food came out in 10 minutes flat and was great. We had a great time here

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The staff are so lovely at Masala, have had a great experience every time I’ve been

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The food was tasty and full of flavour. The staff were attentive. Thanks for a great meal!

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Janine Jackson

Birthday dinner on visit to Wellington. Superb food. The lamb was so tender. I particularly loved the Spinach Chicken. Service was cheerful and prompt. Lovely setting. A great end to a fantastic day in Wellington. Thankyou!

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A great time

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Fraser Pearce

Excellent food, great service, would definitely go there again. Particularly impressed with the curries and the mango lassi!

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Staff were lovely and couldn’t fault the food at all :)

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Kristy Cornwell

Great service and lovely food!! Would recommend :D

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The food was amazing! Decent portion sizes, nice atmosphere and service.
We'll definitely be back :)

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Awesome food ... great service
Definitely reccomend....

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Fantastic food and service. We will be back and highly recommend this. The best Indian food we’ve had in a long time!

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good value

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Mary Wilson

Pleasant serice and a tasty dinner

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Had a lovely meal here recently. Would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for a good curry.

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Food was great we had the banquet and it was tasty and very good value. Served in timely fashion
We enjoyed the meal and would recommend

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Barry Tomkinson

Very nice meal and good value (even without first table) will definitely be back :-)

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The service and the food both were average. I definitely think there are better Indian places on First table than Masala cafe.

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We found the meals ar Marsala to be very good value. Couldn’t fault anything. If you don’t like too much spice though, order mild - even medium here has quite a kick.

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Lovely dinner

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Kathy Law

Great service for most of the meal. Food was delicious. Lots to choose from. I asked for my dish to be mild (on the spice scale) but it was a bit too spicy for my liking. The others ordered medium and they were happy with theirs. After the mains we considered ordering dessert but after 20 minutes of waiting for the waitress to come back to the table, we decided not to bother. (It wasn’t that busy when we were there and we did try to get their attention). Overall we enjoyed the meal and would go back again.

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Rebecca Hey

Was a great experience! My curry was delicious and the lady that served us was lovely.

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Excellent food - we've had a lot of curries in our time and the food at Masala rates amongst the best we've sampled.

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Really friendly service and very tasty food.

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We ordered one ‘kiwi hot’ vindaloo and a mild korma. Be aware that this place does actually make the dishes hot so be prepared. When one of us complained that the mild korma was too hot the hosts graciously brought out some yoghurt sauce to cool it down and put cream in the original dish. The korma was supposed to have mint in it but you couldn’t taste any mint - it was delicious nevertheless. Overall we recommend you try this place.

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I went with a friend, we had a great time, ordered a bunch of plates to share. The food and service were great. Will definitely be back.

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Mary Walker

Fantastic food and great service - very nice environment and so close to the movie theatre that we left our car at Masala and walked the block to see our movie.

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Janine Thompson

Wonderful authentic food and excellent service.

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Nice meal, great service. Ideal pre-show dinner.

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Olivia Burnett

Excellent food for a very affordable price. The service was impeccable - there was no pushiness nor were we left unattended. The food was delicious very generous sized portions - we had to get a doggy bag. I'm not a big fan of spice (my partner is) but found the mild not to be too bad. Thanks for a great dinner!

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Daniela Adams

Food is delicious!! The best curry i had a a while!! I loved it!!

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Chloe Ashleigh Simpson

Amazing! We had the peshwari beef and prawn madras and they were both absolutely delicious, definitely out new 2 favourite dishes! Amazing value with first table as you get to try things you wouldn't usually and we've definitely found some winners! Always have a great experience when we dine with Masala the flavours are incredible and you don't have to wait long between courses. 100% recommend!

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