When deprived of flavourful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indo-Chinese cuisine, Indian cuisine, and drinks at Masala Wok.
Masala's fully licensed kitchen silences hunger cries with a menu populated by classic East Indian entrees and Indo-Chinese fusions, all cooked exclusively with canola oil and butter. Plunge mandibles into a school of fish marinated with blends of Indo-Chinese-inspired herbs and spices ($10.99) or listen keenly as the Chicken Mingle's heaps of rice chit-chat awkwardly with noodles ($10.49). Meanwhile, entrees pair with a thirst-quenching mango-yogourt lassi ($3.99) and, for dessert, deep-fried milk balls backstroke through a pool of sweet syrup ($2.49). Masala's interior brims with tabletop flowers and vibrant red-and-yellow walls. Bartenders pour assorted libations at the full bar, and hanging decorative fans chill patrons by telling spooky ghost stories.
The smells of sizzling Indian and Chinese dishes mingle as they waft out from Masala Wok's kitchen. Inside, naan rises in tandoori ovens, and meat, poultry, and seafood simmer in saucepans of curries, stir-fries, and rice dishes. Chefs eschew trans fats in favour of canola oil, and fine Asian spices help minimize the use of sodium to craft healthier dishes. During midday, a lunch buffet of eclectic menu items stretches across the dining room beneath Asian artwork and walls the deep red of a fire truck wandering out of the wrong restroom.