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Posted by PeterS on 03/09/2011
My wife and I have spent several years in India with the Foreign Service and know India and its food well. Masala Art met all our expectation. Delicious food, cooked to perfectioon, great service and a warm, if crowded, atmosphere. Try this gem. You will not be disappointed. The owner Atul has obviously achieved his aim of providing delicious Indian food at reasonable prices.
Posted by AJ on 03/02/2011
If it matters, I'm of Indian descent and I grew up in a vegetarian household eating nothing but freshly-prepared Indian food every day of my life from ages 0-21. Masala Art is my favorite restaurant in D.C. No, they are not flawless every single time but newsflash-- neither is Rasika, and at least you can afford to pay rent after eating at M.A. Additionally, the host/waiters act like they are happy to see you vs. where the Maitre D' often glances at you as if he has just smelled something unpleasant. Yes, I really want to give you $100 for a dinner for two after you sneer at me. Back to Masala Art: the samosas are my favorite in the city; the ma ki dal is delicious and so are the breads. I can't speak to meat dishes but I will say that my fave veggie, Okra/Bhindi was delicious eight out of the nine times I've ordered it. Additionally, the lunch buffet includes chaat, dessert (which I never have room for) and fresh naan delivered to your table-- for a pittance. And no, this isn't your typical sketchy Indian lunch buffet. These are not leftover curries from the night before with a splash of vinegar or Lord knows what added to increase shelf life. The buffet food is tasty and there is variety in that they don't serve the same dishes two days in a row, in my experience (I work nearby). Your mileage may vary but if you avoid Masala Art a) your loss b) more noms for me!
Posted by Matt on 06/17/2010
I never write reviews, but this place is really great. The previous reviewer must have gone at an exceptionally busy time. Our food has always been delightfully flavorful and the service has been great. This is by far the best indian food I've had in DC.
Posted by Liz Barclay on 03/12/2010
The greeter was chewing gum. Once wine and water were poured we had to beckon for more. Orders in including bread but we sat with nothing for 45 minutes. No flex for vegetarians such as a sampler plate. The veg were lukewarm, no flavor, watery, and indiscernible.