Masalaz is another hidden gem. It probably seems like I say that all the time but seriously, it falls into the “gem” category perfectly. Hidden behind a McDonald’s, I’m not sure how you would even spot it if you don’t know about it. Heck, Jboi drives past it everyday and he says he’s never noticed it.
I’ve been meaning to check out Masalaz when I was in the mini strip mall a few months ago. One of my co-workers, who is Indian, highly recommended it so that really pushed me to go. They specialize in South Indian cuisine, specifically dosas.
We came on Saturday for an early dinner but pretty much had the place to ourselves. A couple individuals were taking food to go but no one was staying to eat. The staff here are super friendly and we chatted with one of the son’s who was keen to converse with us. Very genuine guy.
The menu is two pages with a main focus on the art of dosa.
They also offer buffets for a really reasonable price. It’s $13.99 on weekdays and $15.99 on weekends. That is cheaaaaaaaaap!
Seemed like a good variety but we decided to go a la carte for our first visit.
Mango lassi ($3.49)
We decided to get one to share but L ended up wanting to get her own after she had a sip. She’s never had one before! Missing out on the good things in life. The mango lassi was light, creamy and just sweet enough.
Not sure if the papadum came with one of our dishes but I think it was complimentary. Whetted our appetite while we waited for the main event.
Mysore masala dosa ($9.99)
This dosa came out differently than I’m normally used to but dammmmmmmmmmn, the filling was absolutely delicious. The potato inside had the perfect amount of heat and the spice mixture made you want to immediately eat another bite.
Honestly, I don’t know what these are called but everything was addictively good. The tin container with the red bits in it had an excellent heat level to it.
Vegetable biryani ($9.99)
The biryani was a solid choice; just look at those fried garlic bits. Harmoniously well balanced and flavourful.
Indian pizza made with rice and lentil flour. I’ve only had uthappam one other time in Calgary (see Raj Palace). This one was much different but just as good. Light, fluffy and a touch of sweetness from coconut flakes.
Another dish of side sauces but this one was for the uthappam.
Vegetable masala curry ($8.49)
Rich, creamy masala curry but not too heavy. Good variety of vegetables. I like how it’s completely different than what you’re normally used to with northern Indian food.
3x Roti ($1.99 each)
Three roti’s were waaaaay too much for the three of us but we powered through all of them. Not a single piece of roti was left unscathed.
Gulab jamun ($2.99)
Milk balls soaked in sweet syrup. Not too sweet; two to share was the perfect way to end our meal. I really appreciated how hot and fresh these were.
There’s an abundance of Indian places south side but this one is worth checking out. Next visit, we’ll come back to try out the buffet. And I don’t even like buffets!
4218 – 66 Street