Masala Art

  • Restaurants
  • Asian
  • Indian
Photograph: courtesy Masala Art
397 Dagu Lu
This Indian restaurant's soft lighting and wooden decor, with an Indian flavour but not overdone, provide a timeless look that could be situated anywhere from Dehli to London. With large tables in private backrooms, where traditional Indian statues are contrasted with stylish pictures of Indian movie stars, it's a comfortable and warm setting that facilitates chat and laughter throughout the night.

Pleasingly, the reasonable prices defy the lovely interior, with most mains costing around 68RMB and sides like naan bread costing around 28RMB. It all comes in generous servings too, with chunky meat and ample, creamy sauce packed with flavour.

Hot-food aficionados will be glad to hear that Masala Art doesn't skimp on the spice while there are plenty of milder dishes to try as well.
Venue name: Masala Art
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm daily
Metro: Nanjing Xi Lu
English address: 397 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu, Jingan district
Chinese address: 静安区大沽路397号,近石门一路