Massala

Massala

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.massalacobham.com/
  • Phone: 01932 865005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily: 12pm - 2:30pm; 5pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Massala
An award winning Indian restaurant in the attractive Surrey village of Cobham, Massala boasts a Michelin acclaimed head chef in the shape of Ravi Deulkar. Ravi’s passion lies in developing food that harnesses the vitality and healing power of the ingredients used, in accordance with the ancient principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Thus all produce used in Massala’s cuisine is locally sourced and natural, everything produced absolutely fresh to order. At Massala meats, fish, bread and other foods are cooked in a clay tandoor, imparting a unique and authentic taste to every order, particularly to the restaurant’s trademark fish and seafood dishes. A five star wine list has been created by Maria Rodriguez, previously of Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges and Bluebird, ensuring there’s a wine to suit your meal whatever your tastes. Exemplary service is central to Massala too, ensuring a perfect visit every time.
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Massala reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since 23 November 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.6
    Value3.5
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (16)business meals (10)fit for foodies (10)romance (9)good vegetarian options (9)group bookings (8)disabled access (4)outstanding value (4)child friendly (3)pre/post theatre (2)brunch (1)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • First time we'd been, recommended by an Indian
    Willsie60
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I booked for dinner. We were greeted at the door by the Manager & offered hand sanitiser, a first for us in a restaurant. Quickly seated & offered menus & drinks that arrived quickly. Our order was taken quickly. The restaurant was busy with few spare covers; there appeared to be a party of quite a few people linked to the Manager. The service was not quick. We had to wait longer than we would expect for starters & even longer for main course. I was on the point of asking about these given the delay. The food was different to that we see in our usual Indian & very good. There was no salt on the table. Asked a waiter for some, he totally ignored us. Eventually asked the Manager & some was produced. Waiting staff appeared surly. There were aspects I preferred to our usual Indian but others we didn't, particularly the waiter's attitude & slow service. We might return but unlikely
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  • Okay
    JDstag
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Hot food, nice dall, chicken was okay. I would rate it as average overall. Just had mains, no starters or deserts.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food as always
    Esherregular
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I find service can be a little hit or miss at Massala. This time around it was good, previous occasions, not so good. The location of the restaurant doesn't give it a lot of kerb appeal - in a small parade nect to a dry cleaners and a chip shop and opposite a small car park, but once inside it's a nice (if a little narrow), upmarket Indian restaurant with a very pleasant decor and friendly staff. The location and variable service 'issues' could work against the restaurant and make it a 'once only' affair but in truth it's the food that saves the day. The food is always excellent, the choice is great and the flavour are fantastic. I love Indian food and this place ranks in my top 3 all-time Indian restaurants. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Very good restaurant
    youngcouple
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    We were in Cobham for just two nights and fancied indian meal, we picked Masala based on review on google & Toptable. We had starter and mains and both were absolutely delicious. The food was sizzling hot with lots of vegetable added to the meal, and the portions were very generous. I will recommend Masala to anyone and will definitely go back when I do go back to Cobham.
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  • Ok, but empty
    Sooty
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Ok, it was a Sunday night, but at 7:30pm I expected there to be at least someone else eating in the restaurant. There wasn't. Food was ok, but nothing special. The most memorable thing was the price of the drinks. I had 2 small bottles of diet coke and they charged me just under £6. That made a reasonably priced meal an expensive one, at least for what it was.
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  • Masala
    Robert
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Our first visit to Masala and we were very pleased with everything. The service was very attentive, the food tasted great, and the value was good. We will definitely go back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mari
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    The food is absolutely fantastic and the service excellent. Well worth a visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Returning Customers
    CurryMaster
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We often like to dine here for special occasions (birthdays, wedding anniversary etc..). The food is always outstanding - definitely a cut above the average curry house! This is Indian fine dining at it's best. The service is always quick and the staff friendly and good humoured. We are always pleased to come back. The only criticism is that there could be more vegetarian options on the menu.
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    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the trip!
    Chas
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Last year we stumbled across this delight by accident. We enjoyed the fresh tasting food and vibrant flavours so much that we made a 150 mile round trip for a repeat visit. We were not disappointed, the food was superb, subtle flavours not overpowered by heat. The service was attentive, friendly and welcoming. How could it be improved? Probably on the dessert offering but let's be honest who goes to an Indian restaurant for a dessert? Well done to the owner and his team as they exceeded our expectations once more.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Excellent quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Try the black lentils, love it. All food great and presentation beautiful
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    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Best Curry Restaurant?
    PBaron
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    Went for my first visit on a Saturday evening with my wife. Have just moved to Cobham and trying all pubs and restaurants out. This was is listed as third best in England or something. 8pm and we were 2nd table until unusual group of 12 came in. Service was very good, food was excellent and we left a little because we were full. £62.10 bought us 3 large beers, 2 meals with trimmings, 1 coffee, 1 Irish coffee, 1 dessert. The owner introduced himself and made sure we were happy as we left. We shall return.....soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    Really like the ambience and the food is really fantastic.. Only slight challenge was parking needed to park a few streets away and walk
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    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Meal
    BuntyBoo
    Dined on 22/3/2014
    In our hunt for good Indian food we thought we would give the Massala a try. A 35 mile round trip has to be worth it, and on the whole the Massala was good. My prawn starter was excellent, but I was disappointed that there were no particular specialities of the restaurant on the menu. Overall the service was good, although the bill was probably slightly higher than usual.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    Foodie
    Dined on 22/2/2014
    Good food but service was a bit slow. Wine was on the expensive side.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars
    MrTerry
    Dined on 22/2/2014
    Amazing good, perfectly cooked! My guest and myself enjoyed dining at Massala. I will be back with my family!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most excellent curry !!
    Currylover
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    This was by far THE most delicious Indian meal - all dishes beautifully presented and in modern white dishes, in a lovely warm but modern smart/casual setting, and with very reasonable prices in line with other curry houses. Fabulous. I will definitely revisit and highly recommend.
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    business meals, disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went along with friends for
    Nina
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    Went along with friends for my husbands birthday. Food was very good and the menu was perfect well laid out with the right amount of options (large menus can sometimes be off putting). The staff were very polite and helpful, be it, a lack of them, a full restaurant with just two waiters who seemed to be run off there feet. We had to wait a while for our main course, not a big problem as we were in no rush. Would recommend to friends and will certainley be returning.
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines meal
    Scouser63
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    Much improved menu range and value for money. Just need to sort out service. 20 mins wait for drinks and lost order; 45 mins wait for starters only when chased; difficult to get waiter's attention.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why change?
    sunseeker
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Not all change is for the better. The new ownership have employed a new chef and, sadly, the food has not kept up with the usual taste and quality. Sad. Revert to the past and the reviews will improve.
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  • We had a lovely meal, beautifully
    Gillers
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had a lovely meal, beautifully presented. Service was suberb too , Gill Murray
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings
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  • Lovely food at a very reasonable
    casss
    Dined on 31/1/2014
    Lovely food at a very reasonable price. Service was quite prompt and friendly.
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  • Best Indian food outside London
    sunseeker
    Dined on 24/1/2014
    Always a pleasant experience. Food is fresh and very well prepared. Service can be indifferent sometimes, but overall an excellent Indian food restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    Markg
    Dined on 15/1/2014
    Sunil and his team have once again given a great service with great food and a great atmosphere. Thanks guys
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    business meals, disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIRTHDAY TREAT
    BOOZEY
    Dined on 12/1/2014
    VERY GOOD FOOD, WAITER WAS VERY ATTENTIVE BUT NOT OVERLY ALWAYS AROUND WHICH IS GOOD, WELCOMING AND THE LOBSTER I HAD WAS LOVELY THE FIRST TIME I HAD SEEN IT ON A MENU AND WOULD DEFINTELY COME BACK FOR MORE.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watch the fnal bill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very disappointed we eat out regulalry and had eaten at Massala in the week and had an enjoyable meal. We booked a table and took friends the following Saturday, the food was poor the service was poor and we were overcharged £40 for wine which fortunately we noticed and it was removed from the bill. Having booked a table we found ourselves in the middle of the resturant which was uncomfortable and there was nicer tables free.
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  • Outstanding restaurant
    JonP
    Dined on 31/12/2013
    Deserves it's rating as 3rd best curry house in Britain. Food was superb, service was friendly, helpful and spot on. We had the taster menu, starters were excellent, main dishes were all very good but the monkfish and lamb particularly outstanding. I wasn't sure about having some wine as the strong flavours usually subdue the wine but the delightful argentinian Malbec went exceedingly well with the food. We will definitely be coming back and I'll be bringing friends.
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  • Great Indian restaurant.
    Elbo
    Dined on 23/12/2013
    Massala served up one the best indian meals we have had in a longtime, The menu has a great choice and the food tasted fresh and wonderful. We would definitely eat here again.
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    business meals, disabled access, romance, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since 23 November 2013
    • Average Rating3.7
    • Food4.3
    • Ambience3.6
    • Service3.6
    • Value3.1
  • The following 53 reviews are from the Massala reviews archive.
  • Excellent food - awful service
    Aidy
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    I went for my birthday celebrations with 7 family members/friends on Saturday evening. It took the staff 45 minutes to take our order and it was 80 mins before we had our starter, after numerous attempts to encourage them. Totally unacceptable. However, when the food did eventually arrive it was all delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Best Indian Restaurant ??????
    Zima567VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Very disappointing service . We waited 1 hour 30 min for the starters to arrive after complaining to the waitor. He suggested to bring starters and main course at the same time ! When my Anjeeri Battakh ( Barbary duck breast served pink with spicy tamarind and fig gravy ) arrived the duck was cold as if it was just from the fridge. I sent it back . Just a minute later the same plate was served after beeing warmed in the microwave. This time the breast wasn't pink any more , but chewy and dry. The gravy was extremely hot in temperature. We will not go to this restaurant again.
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  • Great Indian Food
    TARA
    Dined on 28/10/2013
    There is only one word for this restaurant: "THE BEST" That is if you like the Indian Food. Tara Punjabi
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  • Wow- how lucky were we?
    Chas
    Dined on 28/9/2013
    Being in the area , just for the weekend with friends, we decided we would seek out a curry house. Thanks to the Top Table app and a little luck, I booked a table for the Saturday night. On arrival the restaurant was full, thank goodness we booked. The staff welcomed us in a professional way. There was more than an adequate choice of fairly priced drinks. Then came the menu. Wow, what a refreshing change. A selection of interesting, exciting flavours. Each dish was generous in its size and well presented. As for the flavours, amazing and they were a talking point for the rest of the weekend. If only we lived closer, we would visit more frequently.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • real Indian food
    roger
    Dined on 24/8/2013
    For those wanting to try proper indian food, freshly prepared and cooked from fresh seasonal ingredients. Expect to pay english restaurant prices (c£30 per head, plus booze), not "indian" ones, but expect also much better food! Dreary beer choice, but some interesting wines at wide range of prices; would recommend the lassi. Large portions.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but expensive
    CurryClubFan
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    We thought we would try this restaurant after a very high rating in the Good Curry Guide 2013. The quality and quantity of food could not be faltered. However for a Friday evening the restaurant was virtually empty, and it is not surprising why - it is far too expensive. We ordered a couple of bottles of House White wine, which we later found cost £28 each.
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  • A happy couple!
    CurryMaster
    Dined on 26/6/2013
    We tried this restaurant for the first time for a wedding anniversary dinner and were very pleasantly surprised. The food was absolutely outstanding, the service prompt and efficient and the staff were very keen to look after us. Overall the standard was way above anything else we had found in the area and we will certainly be coming back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Restaurant for one
    SurbubanDiner
    Dined on 23/6/2013
    Food was good, but when you are the only table on a Sunday night then ambience is of course very poor. I would have considered going back (for the food) but unfortunately the service did not make up for the lack of ambience. Very off hand and it felt a little like we were an annoyance rather than a customer. Shame - as I'm sure on a Saturday night the experience would be very different.
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  • Had a lovely evening with
    Tina
    Dined on 23/5/2013
    Had a lovely evening with friends enjoying some quality Indian dishes. It's not an extensive menu but they execute it well.
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  • Great food
    Wishuwell
    Dined on 24/3/2013
    The food is excellent and waiters very friendly. We have eaten here on several occasions and enjoyed it each time The menu is varied and interesting
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  • The food was excellent, and
    curryLover
    Dined on 28/1/2013
    The food was excellent, and our experience was aided by the well timed appearance of the Chef, who helped with our choices, whilst taking our order. He then returned at the end of the meal to check that we were happy, which we were.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surrey's Indian Secret
    sunseeker
    Dined on 26/1/2013
    Excellent Indian regional foods prepared with fresh ingredients. The restaurant is light and tables set well apart. Facilities are very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food let down by slow service
    dmthomas
    Dined on 15/1/2013
    We had an early dinner & restaurant was empty, yet the meal took over 2hrs because of slow service. Starters took an age & it took 35mins to get the bill. The food itself was flavoursome, although the monkfish didn't have the meaty texture I was expecting. Be prepared for eye-watering cost. We were 2 adults & 2 children & each had 2 basic drinks, a starter and main, sharing 2 x rice, 2 x naan & a side dish - a standard size meal. Yet the bill was over £100. £25 a head without dessert AFTER the 50% toptable discount had been applied to the starters and main courses. Frankly, the food is not that superior to other indian restaurants in the area to warrant such a price premium, especially given the speed of service. We'll not be returning.
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