Masala Twist by Venom is an Indian restaurant that is quite unlike any I’ve been to. Their food breathes life into your soul as we (my colleagues and I) recently learned. Located on the 9th floor of the Victoria Plaza in Westlands, Masala Twist is an adventurous restaurant that seeks to impress with its expansive Indian menu. Whether you’re vegetarian or an old fashioned meat lover, this simple restaurant is guaranteed to fill the hungriest of tummies with their well-flavoured food.
Since we work at EatOut, it was only right that we got to dine out as a team and interact outside the office over some good food and drink. We kicked off the night with a few cocktails. What I love most about the cocktails at Masala Twist is the flare they are served with. I ordered one of their most popular drinks – Edison’s Invention, and was thoroughly pleased. The cocktail comes served in a light bulb, an ode to Thomas Edison, the father of the light bulb. The serve of this drink was impressive but the dry ice in the bulb, making the cocktail bubble and smoke, was even more dramatic. The Masala Twist cocktail menu will have you spoilt for choice with all their unique offerings. Each cocktail comes in its own unique glass, some reminiscent of your high school days in the chemistry lab. It is this attention to detail that sets the restaurant apart from their competitors.
After a round of banter and selfies, our starters arrived and boy were we hungry. The braised mutton chops topped off with maple kokum glaze were an absolute crowd pleaser. The meat was full of flavor, soft and pulled off the bone without the slightest hesitation. I would have fought for more of those mouth watering ribs. We then got to try their pan tossed mushrooms with truffle haze and once again it was another hit. I’ve loved mushrooms since I was little, but this simple meal took that love to a whole new level. It was vibrant, full of flavour, and the unbeatable earthy taste from the truffle put a smile on all our faces.
We were eager for our mains and the aroma of food wafting to our table signaled arrival. Once again, we ordered from both the vegetarian and non vegetarian menu. Armed with my garlic naan, I was quick to dig into the methi chicken. The combination of the garlic naan and the chicken resulted in an explosive medley of sweet and sour flavours with a little heat from the black pepper used in the chicken. It was delightful and every bite felt as exciting as the first. The garlic naan was quickly snapped up by the rest of my colleagues who loved it equally as much as I did. Once there was no more naan, I opted for some jeera rice, a helping of yellow tadka dal to get a taste of their vegetarian offering. I’ll admit, I’m not the first to jump out of my seat for a vegetarian menu but this was an eye opener. I couldn’t help myself and by the time I was done, I was pleasantly full but with some room for dessert.
For dessert, we opted for the jalebi caviar with saffron foam, almond pistachio rabri, an interesting but delicious dessert that was well appreciated. The presentation was impressive, with the jalebi caviar offering a vibrant orange tone to the dessert. We also had the German chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and coffee sauce, the perfect end to an impeccable dinner. If you are serious about Indian cuisine and appreciate new flavours with a twist, you should visit Masala Twist by Venom. You will thank us for it.
Images: Paul Njoroge