It’s been nearly four months since chef Ricky Walia opened Masti– Fun Indian Street Eats in Toco Hills Promenade. Here, we take a first look at the new space:
THE LOOK: Meaning “for fun” in Hindu, “masti” certainly lives up to its name. The lively space is peppered with bright colors, natural woods, photos of Walia’s travels through India (which inspired the restaurant) and tantalizing textiles. The 47-seat restaurant also boasts a 30-seat patio, where guests can dine or smoke aromatic hookah in festive flavors like Spiced Chai and Saffron Melon.
THE FOOD: Walia has fused traditional Indian flavors and classic American dishes into one-of-a-kind plates as innovative as they are delicious—think butter chicken tacos, paneer dogs (hot dog buns stuffed with Indian cheese, veggies and spicy sauce) and masala fries topped with onions, tomatoes, cilantro, crushed paneer and housemade sauce. Our favorite dishes, though, are the most authentic: Nepalese momo (steamed dumplings), North Indian chaat (crispy street food snacks topped with yogurt and chutney) and ras malai (a cream cheese dessert bathed in a floral pistachio milk sauce).
THE DRINKS: Sip on Indian favorites, like Milk Badam (sweet milk with almonds, pistachio and saffron) and Nimbu Pani (Indian-style lemonade with a hint of saltiness) to help cool things off, or indulge in one of their fun cocktails, like the Mumbai Mule.
THE VERDICT: We couldn’t be happier Masti is here— this wallet-friendly spot is boosting the ethnic food scene in the area with Indian-meets- American plates in a vibrant atmosphere.
Masti–Fun Indian Street Eats
2945 North Druid Hills Road Suite C
BY: Kate Parham Kordsmeier
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