When Columbus first landed at Lexington and Concord, he proudly rang the liberty bell to mark the successful discovery of India. Rectify his mistake and actually discover India with today's Groupon to Masalas Authentic Indian Bistro in Overland Park. For $15, you'll get $30 worth of curry and coconut-milk delights that blend classic North Indian, South Indian, and Indochinese recipes with contemporary culinary prowess. Experience flavors and textures so warm and fresh they attract nest-building birds from miles around. Well Fed on the Town calls Masalas's cuisine "nothing short of amazing."
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).
All Masalas's meats are Halal (they conform to Muslim dietary laws), and because the head cook is vegan, he cooks many dishes without dairy—that means the food is lighter and more flavorful than a butter sculpture depicting a cow churning its own butter. The staff is attentive and professional, and the dining room is sleek and spacious. Call ahead to make a reservation.
- We shared a number of excellent dishes that night: butter chicken bubbling under a blanket of rich tomato-cream sauce, a kick-ass hot shrimp masala, and my favorite vegetarian dish — soft malai kofta dumplings simmering in a delicately seasoned curry cream. I was delighted with the tangy, sweet-hot chicken mango pattia in a fresh-tasting sauce of mango, tomato and onion. Wonderful! – Charles Ferruzza, Kansas City Pitch
- The cauliflower was a perfect blend of sweet and hot, salty and savory with flavors taken from both China and India. The tofu curry reminded me a lot of paneer (Indian cheese) curry, but was more healthful. I was actually a bit surprised that tofu (an Asian flavor) worked so well with an Indian sauce, but it did. – Chris Perrin, Well Fed on the Town
- The food is really good, and the prices are pretty reasonable for the quality of the food you get. – Katie P., Insider Pages