There’s a brand-new restaurant now open in Bloomfield.
Masala House Indian Bistro opened this month on Baum Boulevard, in the space that formerly housed Chaz & Odette. The bistro serves classic Indian dishes, with plenty of vegetarian options available.
The opening menu features a wide selection of small plates, including Gobi Manchurian (crispy fried cauliflower tossed in a spicy soy-based sauce) Pakora, Samosa with mint and tamarind chutney and Paneer, along with a selection of Chaat, or savory snacks, like crispy flour wafers with diced potato, chickpeas and chutneys.
Entree selections include Tikka Masala, Curry, Vindaloo and Karahi, (a traditional Indian dish made with a blend of green peppers, onions and tomatoes, and cooked in an Indian wok). The menu also features special dishes like Gutti Vankaya, a plate of fresh baby eggplants stuffed with a peanut spice blend, a daily-changing Daal (slow-cooked lentils), Chettinad, a regional dish with coconut and poppy-seed sauce, mustard seeds and curry leaves, Andhra Pulusu, a tangy South Indian dish with tamarind, and Gongura, a traditional Andhra delicacy from Indian’s southeastern coast, made with chicken or goat, and cooked in a spicy masala base with sour red sorrel leaves.
Tandoori is also featured on the menu, along with a wide selection of kabobs.
On the dessert menu, look for Gajrela Cream Cups (carrots slow cooked with milk, dry fruits and cardamom), Gulab Jamun Trifle, Shahi Tukra (crispy bread fried in ghee and topped with sweetened condensed milk and saffron), Mothichoor Ladoo with Rabdi (a parfait with crushed motichoor ladoos and homemade rabdi), and Gulab Jamun, deep-fried dumplings soaked in honey and cardamom syrup.
Masala House is also serving Mint Masala Soda, mango milkshakes, and lassi, a traditional Indian yogurt, and Chai.
The restaurant is now open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.