If you are working in Wanchai, chances are that you often pay so much for your lunch just because the restaurants nearby are mostly expensive. Good news if you are on a budget and at the same time want to fill your stomach with contentment (we know how a good lunch could boost our productivity in the afternoon!) — an alternative to Ebeneezer, Masala Train, a much healthier and more affordable Indian takeaway option, is now open and is located on the convenient Lockhart Road!
The Story Behind Masala Train
Tiena Sekharan, a former expat Banker in Hong Kong, decided to open the eatery a year ago. “When I was working in a bank, I would ask my colleagues if they want to get Indian for lunch. The answer that I get is often a NO though, as they thought that Indian food is greasy and would cause a bad food coma.” explained Tiena. “I want to prove Hong Kong that Indian food is more than just comfort food. It could also be healthy with rich content of protein and fibre, if cooked properly.”
Chicken Tikka Masala (HK$58)
Palak Paneer (HK$58)
Another must-order! Especially if you are vegetarian!
Let’s stop judging the book by its cover (which I always tend to do by the way). The yellow-greenish appearance of the dish is surely not appealing. But with all the courage I gave it a try. I definitely did not regret the step that I took! Again, I would not stop eating this and I almost licked the box when I finished it, literally. The cottage cheese had an amazing texture and it tasted heavenly with the puréed spinach. In all honesty, I wouldn’t know what to pick between the Chicken Tikka Masala and this cottage cheese spinach if I had to pick just one!
(Don’t worry, we had two people tasting together so I didn’t have the full box to myself. At this point I was half-full but I could still eat! Did I mention that I’m a huge foodie?)
Biryani Veg/Non-Veg (HK$58)
Next up, we had the classic biryani of course, I mean we were eating Indian! We chose the non-vegetable option which was layered with chicken. But you could also choose a vegetarian option with vegetables instead of chicken. The amount of chicken in the biryani was generous, and they were very tender and cooked to perfection. Dip the biryani in the yogurt sauce along with the veggie side dish, and you will taste refresh.
Protein Platter (HK$78)
For carb-haters, this is your dish. The nicely-cooked Chicken Tikka and Lamb Tikka sit prettily on a bed of salad, as well as my favourite cottage cheese. Not only is cottage cheese low in calories, I also enjoy the mild explosion of its juiciness. This is definitely the dish that could maintain your energy level for the rest of the work day, at the same time keeping you refreshed.
Chicken Keema Roll (HK$58)
Who doesn’t love the hot and soft wrap that is freshly baked? We ordered the Chicken Keema Roll, in which Keema actually means minced meat mutton curry. It was the first time we had minced chicken and it was unexpectedly more refined and absorbed all the essence of the curry itself, which made it absolutely delish. You could also add HK$5 for a whole wheat tortilla instead of the wrap, which is much healthier.
Masala Train may not be an eatery with the best interior design and food presentation, but who cares as long as it tastes gorgeous with a generously affordable price points as well? We love the freshly cooked and authentic Indian food here, and also their most friendly staff. Definitely a go-to lunch spot if you are on a budget or need a quick Indian fix.
G/F, Yue On Building, 146-148 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, (right on Wan Chai MTR Exit A1); +852 2415 3000
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 11.30am to 9.30pm, and open until midnight on Friday and Saturday
Also available to order on Deliveroo