Masala

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We specialize in fine Indian cuisine cooked with perfect blend of spices or Masala. Masala is a generic term used to describe different types of ground spice mixes used in Indian cuisine. A typical mix consists of coriander, cumin, black peppercorns, green cardamom, cinnamon, and dried red chiles, while cloves, fennel, mace, and nutmeg frequently assume the roles of supporting casts. The decision of what spices to use (and in what proportions) to concoct a perfect masala for a given dish depends on, among others, whether the dish includes meat, vegetables or fish and on the culinary origins of the dish. This process of creating a perfect mix to add just the right spice and flavor to different dishes is something of an art in itself, which our Chef, Ram Thapa, has mastered over years of training and exploration. We invite you to take a stroll down Chef Thapa’s world of masala and experience fine Indian cuisine like you have never before.
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CurryLover
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food in the area, including DC! Really have a great buffet. And wait staff is very friendly as well.

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vipDCHugh
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always great, best Indian / nepalese in the region

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OccasionalGourmand
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great local indian. the steamed dumpling appetizer from Kasmir was particularly good.

DC
vipDCHugh
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent visit, for curry officianados you will know that Nepalese quisene is a little different from the run of the mill, great find in McLean will certainly be going back

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vipMHVa
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Buffet lunch is an excellent choice. There is a wide selection of food. The food is always flavorful, with choices of spicy, hot and mild. Service is good and the dining room is comfortable. I will definitely return.

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Mila
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was fine overall, but we are not going back. The tables are too close to each other, I was constantly kicked by everybody who was passing by. The service was very slow and they brought my son's entree 15 min earlier than the rest of us...

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RenukaC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went in a party of 4 for a celebration and the food did full justice to the occasion! We left very satisfied with our choices which were Lamb Vindaloo, Chennai Seafood Curry, Shrimp Briyani and Okra, specifying Medium Spicy. In addition we had Rice, Naan and Raita. We ate it Asian style with central dishes so that each person had a meal balanced with flavors and nutrition. The chef was top notch and I was particularly intrigued with how they drew out the dried chilli and curry leaf flavor in the seafood curry. Absolutely superb!
For dessert we variously ordered rasmalai, gulab jaman, kheer and mango kulfi. Every one of those desserts enchanted. The mango kulfi was served as a round in 4 pieces with a sauce. It was a memorable meal and we are all devoted fans of Masala, planning to come back regularly. Of course the service was delightful and very responsive.

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CarlottaL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, especially the chicken teka massala! Nice service!

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vipJenaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian restaurant in the area. Amazing service!

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good here. Tasty food, friendly service, easy parking and moderate prices. Especially liked the mutter paneer.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We got the lunch buffet, the food “ok”. It wasn’t that hot & the bread was stale.

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vipdanak
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

American style food. Did not taste like Indian food. Staff was very nice though.

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

As if often the case with buffets, the chicken was a bit dry, and the goat curry had almost no goat in it. The thing that really annoyed me is that they do not service hot tea or coffee. Their only non-alcoholic beverage is water or ice tea.

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MichelleM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very large family group and Masala was very accommodating. The food was delicious!

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vipjosg16
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I go well out of my way to eat here, the food is fantastic! The service has always been excellent, too.

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vipLoriR
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

There is no better Indian restaurant in the area. We love the food at Masala. It’s always delicious. We usually get take out, but last weekend decided to meet friends there. We don’t find the ambiance very pleasing. It feels almost like a cafeteria. The lighting is really bright and the music somewhat unpleasing while dining. The young servers are certainly kind and courteous, but we felt rushed. They could use further training in the proper way to serve and remove dishes from a table. There’s no need to reach across the table, in front of someone to clear a plate and then drop silverware on the diner. Again, the food is fantastic!

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FrankM
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have taken three different groups of friends there and will introduce still more. It is really a very good Indian restaurant.

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vipSicangu
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We live in the neighborhood and enjoy the food and friendly service.

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vipalbNewtoNorthernVA
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good North Indian/ Nepalese food cooked fresh. Portion size very fair and prices are very reasonable. Attentive service. A must for all those who enjoy this type of cuisine.

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vipMcLean
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dry enjoyable meal with our son and granddaughter who enjoyed the food and ambiance. Service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed it.

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vipJadePlant
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Lovely presentation too. I was happy to find that they took reservations!

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places.

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vipPhillyguy
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food. Casual eating.

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TajH
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good option to have spicy food - we ordered the "spicy" curries and it was just the right amount of heat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go to Masala about once a week. The food is consistent and always delicious. A little more atmosphere would be nice but it’s fine for a casual meal out.

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Wally
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Just not their night. Service was really off. It took forever to get our food. We asked for separate checks up front, but this posed a real challenge for our waiter. Also, I ordered my dish spicy, but it was not. Too bad. When this restaurant is on, it is really great.

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happytraveler
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, an extensive menu, great-tasting food. The additional of some Nepali items makes the menu more interesting than other local Indian restaurants. Low noise level made conversation easy.
Outdoor seating looked lovely but cut off wheelchair accessibility. Entered through the front door but had to move tables and chairs to get to our table. Would be easier to have access through the side door, if a curb cut could be made there. But the meal was worth the accessibility challenge - will return!

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vipCatherineC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Graduation dinner

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JANETS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant surprise. Enjoyed our meal. Unassuming location. excellent selection of food options, great service, very tasty.

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vipDemetra
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent variety on the luncheon buffet. Pleasant waitresses. Reasonable for lunch buffet.

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Masala does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Masala also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 462-9699.

Masala is rated 4.5 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.