This time EatNottingham.com was pretty quick off the mark – dining at Masala Junction on Mansfield Road before it even opened to the public. The restaurant is the creation of Naj Aziz, whose previous venue was the multi award-winning Mebsaab on Maid Marion Way. Naj has been under a two year non-competition clause after selling Mebsaab but is now free to work his magic in Nottingham once more.
Masala Junction is in the old Nat West bank building at the junction of Mansfield and Hucknall Roads. The building has been beautifully and sympathetically restored and provides an elegant dining space.
In retrospect I should not have been so hasty and should have allowed the restaurant time to get everything bedded in before I visited. While the mixed seafood starter was excellent, with lovely contrasting marinades and dips, the main courses were not up to the signature standard that we learned to expect at the original Memsaab. We opted for a vegetarian jalfrezi and a biryani and both were painfully, eye-wateringly chilli hot to a degree which must have been due to an error in the kitchens. The breads were excellent though and the winelist exceptional.
Having perused Naj’s Twitter feed I almost regret deleting my own Twitter account. I salute a brother secularist, feminist and lover of science and food and wish him every success with his new venture. On his track record It would be a foolish man who would bet against him.
EatNottingham.com dined with a 50% food discount courtesy of Masala Junction but that does not make any difference. EatNottingham.com will be honest in its reviews without fear or favour.
EatNottingham.com rating 7/10