18 May, 2015

Indian Tandoori Masala @ Psyrri

Another restaurant in Psyrri, this time an Indian. We visited as a group of 4 after having purchased discount coupons.

It is close both from Monastiraki station and the central square of Psyrri, but it is on one of the minor streets and a chance of finding it casually is relatively small.

It should be a new place, maybe only 1 month old or so. It is in a renovated neo-classic building and looks pretty nice.

The dining space is on the ground floor and on the first. The ground floor space is small as it is shared by the kitchen. We opted for the upper floor.

The menu is a standard Indian one; no surprise, no disappointment.

We started with vegetable samosas.

Tasted fine, but a bit too oily.

As main dishes, we ordered 3 curries and 1 tandoor. Here is either Chicken curry or Chicken Karahi that looked and tasted same. Although the waiter insisted they were different (although at the first he said both are chicken curries), we did not understand the 'subtle' difference.

It tasted all right, but I did not like the way they cook the meat; it was evident that the chicken was cooked (boiled) separately from the sauce, and then mixed into the sauce just before serving.

And this is Chicken Tikka Masala. As it is Chicken Tikka, the marinated chicken was once grilled and then put into the sauce.

Chicken was delicious, but I found the sauce too sweet.

Tnadoori chicken was the dish I liked best here.

And here are accompaniments.

These are 2 portions of naan bread. Freshly baked. I like them better thicker and less crunchy.

We had a portion of sweet pulau as well as white rice. It is mixed with nuts and dried fruits. I think there was pieces of candied fruits, too. Bad taste, but I have to admit I liked it.

Cheese naan was made with feta cheese as in other Indian restaurants in Athens. I got used to cheese naan with yellow cheese in UK and I do not like feta naans.

I do not remember the price of each dish (actually, you can find them on their website), but I can tell you that we did not have to pay top up on the coupon value of 60 Euro, except for 4 Euro of 2 bottles of water. We got a receipt for 4 Euro, but not for 30 Euro for vouchers.

All in all, it was all right, but with so many Indians in and around Athens, I did not find 'it' that shall make me return.

Indian Tandoori Masala
Karaiskaki 15 & Aisopoy 2, Psyrri, Athens
Tel. 210 3255131

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