Serves meat, veg options available. Previously 100% vegetarian restaurant, but now serves meat in addition to a vegetarian menu. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Non-veg
reviews

Reviews

First Review by nainabarnett
Troktagon
Troktagon
  • vegan
Contributions
+80

Mediocre Indian food

3 Posted on 06 / 23 / 2013

Went through here on a cross-country road trip. Standard indian options were quite greasy and definitely not as good as many other indian places.


Cons: Greasy
lucerne07
lucerne07
  • vegan
Contributions
+60

Sad they added meat to the menu

3 Posted on 11 / 25 / 2012

Before Masala added meat to their menu, we visited the restaurant pretty regularly. With fair prices and portions, it was an easy place to go for dinner without spending a lot. Plus, with every other Indian restaurant in town serving meat, it was relaxing to have somewhere to go that was vegetarian. Since they added meat a few months back, I definitely feel less inclined to go. Nothing puts a damper on my appetite quite like seeing lambs listed on a menu.

As for the food, I recommend the samosas, pakora, chana masala, coconut curry vegetables, and masala dosa. They aren't afraid to make things spicy, which I like. (The only exception to that is at the afternoon buffet, where they keep everything quite mild.)

The service isn't especially warm or friendly, and the restaurant itself is kind of grubby around the edges. The light switches and wall paint could use replacement, repainting, and/or a deep cleaning. When you use the bathroom, you can look into the haphazard and cluttered kitchen area. They've made some updates recently to their seating area, but there's still room for improvement.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good flavors, Not afraid to add spice
Cons: Grubby, Cold service, Added meat to their menu
lavanderson
lavanderson
  • vegan
Contributions
+34

No longer vegetarian

1 Posted on 07 / 24 / 2012

As the description says, Masala made the unfortunate decision to add meat options to their formerly 100% vegetarian menu.


Advertisements



VeggiePanda
VeggiePanda
  • vegan
Contributions
+28

Average food

3 Posted on 06 / 07 / 2011

I was traveling through the city and was so excited to read the reviews of this restaurant. I must have visited them on an "off day" as I wasn't too impressed with them.

As other posters mentioned - everything is clearly labelled on the menu. It was VERY easy to find vegan options (everything is at least vegetarian), which was really nice. The server looked very grumpy - not friendly at all. We were one table out of 4 the whole time we were there and he didn't look much nicer to any of the other tables.

We ordered our food medium and found it was way too hot for our tastes. Be sure to ask for mild (or no spice!) if you don't like your food too spicey!

The food itself was average - I've had much better elsewhere. Though the naan was really tasty, everything else was just average. If we were to pass through town again, I would definitely go somewhere else.

Pros: Clearly marked vegan items on menu
Cons: Unfriendly wait staff
veganqwert
veganqwert
  • vegan
Contributions
+42

Take a look at their menu!

5 Posted on 11 / 09 / 2008

Vegan menu options

APPETIZERS

Samosa 2.95
Two savory triangular pastries filled with potatoes and peas, served with mint and tamarind chutneys

Pakora 2.95
Spicy fritters of potato, spinach, onion and cauliflower, served with chutneys

Aloo Pakora 2.95
Slices of fresh potatoes dipped in gram flour and fried. Served with chutneys

Gobhi Pakora 2.95
Cauliflower dipped in gram flour and fried; served with chutneys

Eggplant Pakora 2.95
Slices of fresh eggplant dipped in gram flour and fried; served with chutneys

Aloo Tikki 2.95
Fresh grated potatoes formed into pancakes, dipped in gram flour and fried; served with chutneys

Assorted Platter 7.95
cobination of samosa, pakora, aloo Pakora, eggplant, aloo tikki and poppadum

VEGETALBES (SABZI)
Bengan Bhartha 8.95
Fresh roasted eggplant cooked with tomatoes, onions, herbs and spices (vegan or nonvegan)

Aloo Bengan 8.95
Eggplant and potatoes spiced to perfection

Aloo Gobhi 8.95
Potatoes and cauliflower complement each other in this traditional Indian favorite

Aloo Palak 8.95
Spinach cooked delicately with potatoes

Aloo Gajar Matter 8.95
Potatoes, carrots, peas cooked delicately with spices

Aloo Matter 8.95
Peas cooked with spices, tomatoes and potatoes

Zeera Aloo 8.95
Potatoes cooked with cumin seed and spices

Saag Channa 8.95
Spinach cooked delicately with chickpeas

Saag Tofu 8.95
Spinach cooked with soy cheese

Vegetable Jalfrazie 8.95
Sauted seasonal fresh vegetables in spices, ginger and garlic

Coconut curry 8.95
Fresh vegetables cooked with coconut milk

DAL (LENTILS)

Masala Dal 8.95
A massoor dal flavored with garlic, ginger and onion

Channa Masala 8.95
A chickpea dal simmered in a tomato and onion gravy with a delicate blend of spices

BREADS (ROTI) & RICE
Plain Parantha 2.50
multi-layered whole wheat bread (mention vegan or it's topped with butter

Tandoori Roti 1.95
Round whole wheat bread baked in our tandoor oven

Poori 1.95
deep-fried puffy bread made of whole wheat

Basmati rice 1.95

Vegetable Biryani 8.95
An elaborate pullao flavored with a unique blend of spices, nuts and vegetables; served with raita

SOUTH INDIAN ENTREES
Masala Dosa 9.95
light rice flour and lentil crepe is stuffed with potato filling and served with cocnut chutney and sambar, a spicy vegetable stew

Uttapum 9.95
Tomatoes, onions, and green chilies folded into a rice and lentil pancake; served with sambar stew and coconut chutney

Idli 5.95
rice and lentil cakes served with sambar stew and side of coconut chutney

Pros: huge variety/totally delicious, friendly, knowledgable staff, great value
shineonyou
shineonyou
  • vegan
Contributions
+39

Best Restaurant Ever

5 Posted on 05 / 13 / 2008

Masala is my single favorite restaurant of all-time. The food is amazing, and the buffet is a great deal. It's perfect for vegetarians and vegans (everything vegan is marked on the menu and buffet), but all of my non-vegetarian friends like it to.


hclark
hclark
  • vegan
Contributions
+43

Always delicious

5 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2007

Masala is hands down my favorite restaurant in Iowa City. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The menu very clearly shows what is vegan. Choice of spice level is much appreciated. Our favorites include their pakoras, zeera aloo, dal makhani and saag channa. If you want a quick place to eat, go for their lunch buffet. Inexpensive, great food for a very reasonable price. Ordering off the menu takes longer and is a bit more expensive, but is totally worth it.

Pros: excellent food, courteous staff
nainabarnett
nainabarnett
  • vegan
Contributions
+64

my favourite indian restaurant in iowa city

5 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2006

Masala has really nice menu that clearly labels what is vegan and what isn't. I find the food to be delicious, and it's a very good value. It's also a great place to bring friends who aren't vegan/vegetarian, because although everything on the menu is vegan/vegetarian, everybody always finds something they love.

Pros: very vegan friendly, friendly staff, authentic indian flavour

 

This business supports the service that HappyCow provides :o)

 

If you are the Owner of a listing on this site, we invite you to join our highly successful Priority Friend program today. click for details >>

 

Close

Dear Owner and Manager of Masala:


While your business is currently a free listing on HappyCow, there is so much more we can do to further promote your business to the millions who visit this site every year.

Enjoy more...

Here's how you can take advantage of HappyCow's Internet popularity:

Your sponsorship will keep the HappyCow service strong on the Internet. Thank you.

Close

 

Last updated: 2012/03/14

 

Added: 2007/08/01

 

Added by: Guest

 

Close