Perched right next to the Wan Chai MTR station, Masala Train is a new Indian takeout restaurant founded by ex-banker Tina Sekharan.
Tina started this daring foray to break the myth that Indian food is spicy and unhealthy. If you’re looking for something less spicy, home-cooked and healthy version of Indian food that is balanced, fulfilling and nutritious – Masala Train offers all that.
I had been to Masala Train a couple of times previously, I had already fallen in love with their wraps and rolls which are value for money, lip smacking and satisfying. The Lamb Keema Roll, tortilla wraps filled with spiced minced lamb stuffing, was wonderfully succulent and brought back memories of the streets of Old Delhi. The chicken in Chicken Tikka Roll was a bit dry and slightly over-cooked, however, the winner was certainly the Paneer Bhurji Roll with spiced minced cottage cheese filling which is surprisingly complex yet subtle. Vegetarians out there are bound to relish it.
Their meal boxes which include a homemade curry, rice and salad are well-balanced, wholesome meals. There are five different curry options to choose from including chicken, lamb and paneer and they are as deft with their long-simmered curries as they are with their wrap and rolls. We tried their most famous dishes, the Chicken Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer. The chicken was again slightly more dry than my preference, but the curry was gentle, aromatic and intensely flavourful. The Palak Paneer was the high point of the meal, consisting of thick pieces of cottage cheese served in luscious, consistent, homemade spinach sauce.
For lighter options they have crispy, hot Samosas and Falafel. I went for the golden-fried samosas, which were all poised and compact, filled with hot spiced mashed potatoes served with a vibrant mint chutney – a perfect companion to their Masala Chai.
We ended our meal with some Indian desserts. Their Gajar Halwa (carrot pudding) and Kheer (rice pudding) are sugar-free, healthy versions of the desserts. They use dates instead of refined sugar to make it guilt-free for all. I was not a big fan of the kheer but would definitely recommend that you try the Gajar Halwa, which is made by the founder Tina herself and is a treat for the sweet tooth!
Some other good options on the menu are the Protein platter – Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka and Paneer Tikka on a bed of salad and Biryani box – traditional Indian rice pilaf layered with chicken or vegetables and served with raita and salad. Also, do look out for their weekly special menus!
There is limited seating but Masala Train’s gentler prices, greater variety of flavours and hygienic and healthy meals make it a great takeaway option for lunch or dinner. So, get on the masala train and get ready to roll through the curry side!
Masala Train | G/F, Yue On Building, 146-148 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, (right on MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A1) | +852 2415 3000 | Average price per head: under HK$100