Masalas Authentic Indian Diner
Masalas is a great place to seek refuge from the glitzy gowns of teens on prom night or the letterman jackets loitering outside the all-night trouble den. The menu corrals an impressive herd of eclectic seafood, vegetarian, and perfectly prepared meaty fare. Warm up your appetite with vegetable pakora (crispy fried vegetables dipped in spiced lentil batter, $6) or meat samosas (seasoned minced meat wrapped in a light pastry, $6). Masalas's lamb rogan josh ($13), tandoori chicken ($14), and chicken tikka masala ($14) are sure to cure any Indian-food craving and some forms of chilblain. Masalas offers North Indian samosa with cholay, yogurt, chutneys, and spices ($8) and interesting Indochinese combinations, such as deep-fried paneer sautéed with onions and green chilies ($9) and chicken lollipops (deep-fried chicken wings sautéed with special sauce, $7). The Pitch recommends Masalas's dosas: these large crepe-like Southern Indian creations are made with lentils and stuffed with a variety of savory fillings, such as potato curry and spicy masala ($10), spiced minced meat ($11), and onion ($9).