The Masala Trail by Osama Jalali is a pleasant change from the Shiv Sagar that subsisted at the same location until a few months ago. The structure remains the same but the interiors are quite different now, making the restaurant quite warm and welcoming. The concept is simple; this place is all about regional food from all over India. The menu has been rightly and beautifully divided into 4 parts: North, South, East and West with native dishes of all the 4 corners of the country. Not only does the menu have an exceptional variety, but each and every dish has been well thought out and plain delicious! I wanted to try the unique dishes from all 4 corners and hence decided on the following dishes:
Banarsi Tamatar Chaat: This dish seemed to be a bit weird, without any accompaniment but on the recommendation of the server, I decided to try it out and it turned out to be an enjoyable dish. Especially because of the crispiness and depth provided by the nuts.
Tower Chaat: Who could have thought of a single dish consisting of all of Delhi’s favourite street food. This chaat was truly a tower with layers of Aloo Tikki, Bhalla Papdi and Gol Gappa. The presentation was spot on and the taste was great.
Mysore Dosa: Firstly, the size of the dosa is huge and in a good way. Secondly, it tastes delicious! Thirdly, the sambar and chutneys were pretty great too.
Rajasthani Dal Baati Churma: The dal was slightly bland, however the sauce on the side helped add flavour. The churma was perfect and the baati was quite crisp and nice.
Banarsi Kachori Subzi: Both the kachori and subzi were yummy.
Haji Ali Fruit Cream: Although it was a bit icy, it tasted absolutely delectable. Especially due to the addition of the rose flavour.
All in all, this place is a must try!