Sydney is no stranger to Indian Food, and neither are the majority of Sydney-siders. With that being said, when somewhere pops up and does something a little different, it really peaks my interest, cue Masala Theory.
Masala Theory is located on Surry Hills’ Crown Street, a place that is no stranger to bustling venues. This restaurant fits perfectly into that established scene and has definitely made its mark in the two years it has been open. Their interior is incredibly unique, with signposts and pictures, to pick out just a few, plastered on every wall. Not to forget the bicycle with its neon tyres lighting up one corner of the room.
Yashpal Erda, who owns Masala Theory, says his love for Sydney has influenced a number of dishes on the menu. Notably the ‘Three Sisters Chaat’, which is fashioned after the same-named rock formation in the Blue Mountains. He says his goal is simply to bring people together to enjoy the best of Indian cuisine in a fun, relaxed setting.
The menu is a mix of modern creative dishes and classic Indian specialities that are sure to appeal to the masses. They have items on offer which cannot be found at any other restaurant in Sydney. One of those is the ‘Curry Bombs’. Think Pani Puri, but instead of flavoured water to fill the shells, you have a delicious buttery curry sauce to warm you all the way down to your stomach. Their Butter Chicken, albeit a staple curry, is possibly one of the best around, and certainly one not to miss on any occasion.
Each dish is designed to try and hit every sense. You’ve got the impeccable presentation, the rich aromas, the incredible flavour combinations, and last but not least, the perfect balance of textures. As with most Indian food, everything here is designed to be shared, so definitely bring a group of friends along to really get the maximum experience.
Masala Theory can be found at 545 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010