There is a new hip Indian restaurant on the map of Melbourne, Masti. Manpreet ‘Curry Queen’ Sekhon has brought authentic Indian cuisine to the heart of Fitzroy. After successfully operating Eastern Spice, a local favourite restaurant in Geelong, for the past 5 years, Manpreet has decided to take on the city. After looking for a venue for a few months, the talented entrepreneur decided to take on the challenge and sign the lease, renovate the space and open Masti – all during the Victorian strict lockdown.
The space utilises exposed brick and steel girders to create an industrial feel with modern lighting introducing a warm and inviting atmosphere, adding an Indian twist with a large mural at the back of the dining space. Plenty of events are already in the calendar – vegan nights on Tuesday, BYO wine on Wednesday, with a Jazz night soon to be added too.
The experience starts with warm greetings from the staff followed by a glass of vegan wine. Then the feast begins. 3 different curries are complemented by naan, rice and papadum.
Dahl Tadka, spicy classic lentil dahl. It’s greatly balanced and heavenly tasty. The next curry is the star of the evening: spicy okra with onions, red and green capsicum, potatoes. A mix of veggies hugged by a spicy and delectable paste. Sounds simple, tastes fantastic. Last but not least, here comes the butternut squash that melts immediately in the mouth with cumin and green mango dust which soothes the spice with a smooth buttery taste.
After mopping up the last of the curry with the naan, there are the seasonal fruits which is a refreshing way to finish the meal. The flavours are paired together and complemented each other to awaken the taste buds and take you on a journey of discovering Indian flavours.
Curries are on rotation every Tuesday so no one will get bored.
Tip: finish off the meal with one of the cocktails. When in doubt (of what to choose, the list looks bloody delicious), go for The Orange City. Yum!