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    Authentic North Indian fare gets its due at Oriental Cuisinesa�� newest chain, Masale Square

    THE restaurant chains under Oriental Cuisines has a new addition, Masale Square. Specialising in authentic North Indian cuisine, the 68-cover eatery is located inside Ramanujan IT Park in Taramani, and features staples like malai kofta, dal tadkewali, navratan pulao and biryani. The simplicity of the menu is deliberate, says their corporate chef, Aji Joseph, whose trials lasted a month.
    a�?We didna��t want to introduce an elaborate spread. Instead we decided to stick to the basic dishes, but cook them in a different way. For example, the dal makhani is cooked the previous day and kept overnight on a tandoor to give it a creamy texture,a�? he explains. While this outlet is only open to the employees at the IT park, the chef assures they will soon open more outlets in the city.
    I start by sipping on a delectable thandai a�� a refreshing milky blend of almonds, saffron and poppy seeds, with a sharp aftertaste of pepper. It is followed by an addictive plate of tandoori phool gobi, while the lasooni murgh tikka is straightforward. Next I pair a couple of rotis (I pick soft and kadak) with a creamy paneer makhanwala and chicken rara. Both the curries are rich and aromatic with Indian spices. Finally the Mughlai chicken biryani arrives, with its vibrant palette of colours and flavours. Although I wish there were more meat, the taste is spot on. Their signature rose petal ice cream and the expected gajar ka halwa are enough to make me come back.

    Around Rs 800 for two. Details: 66855111

    a�� Karan Pillai


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