Greatly Terrific Food Outing: Masala Theory

Surry Hills, Sydney

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Most unique Indian

The Verdict

From India with love...

When it comes to Indian food if you had to subscribe to one thought, opinion or theory, consider subscribing to Masala Theory. What is Masala Theory? Simply put, imagine tasting the exotic mix of an ancient past and the contemporary present all in one mouthful; with an oompf of flavour, a pizazz of spice and an enchanting sprinkle of tradition. Welcome to Masala Theory.

  • Setting & Atmosphere
  • Food
  • Service
  • Value for money


While nothing says ‘hip’ like a terrace house restaurant on Crown Street in Surry Hills, Masala Theory blew me away left, right and centre with it’s hipness and overall cool vibes.

Dining at Masala Theory is a sensory experience that starts upon entry, where an infusion of spiced aromas and incense fill the room and the vibrant colours set the mood for a fun, light hearted night as well as an equally colourful culinary experience.  Up on the wall hangs a hot-pink neon bicycle and Indian pop art with the interior as a whole having an overall look and feel reminiscent of the brightly coloured tuk tuks that roam the streets of India.  It’s casual and pretty rad and manages to squeeze all the colours of Bollywood into one restaurant.



Welcome to neo-Indian cuisine.  If you haven’t guessed from the décor, the food at Masala Theory is anything but typical.  While maintaining the traditional integrity of Indian Cuisine, Masala Theory reinvents Indian food by shaking things up, pushing the boundaries and exploring progressive ideas and concepts. What you’re left with is a hip, creative and fresh new take on Indian food.

Oh- and if you’re a creature of comfort, don’t worry, all the signature stuff is still available on the menu.

My experience at Masala Theory was made even more unique when we were served a complete Gluten Free menu.  I had bought a friend with me that cannot eat gluten, and I was surprised at the number of options available to us. Even with a gluten free menu, Masala Theory’s motto “taste above all” still rung true.

For entree we started with the Masala Dosa, the Kalonji Chicken Tikka and the Bollywood Bhutta.  The Masala Dosa had great flavours and is gluten free so long as you don’t eat the chutney’s that come with it, instead, order a raita for an accompaniment.   The Kalonji Chicken Tikka in particular was super succulent and juicy with a great kick of flavour.

For main, the Butter Chicken was was delicious.  The Eggplant Bharta was also tasty, but a little bland in comparison.  We washed it all down with a Lavender Lassi – I was very happy to find this and many other unique lassi flavours on the menu – and a rose lemonade.

To finish off a wonderful night, we tucked into a traditional indian dessert with a modern twist – the deconstructed Motichoor Ladoo with saffron rabdi and dried fruits.

Kalonji Chicken Tikka – Nigella seeds, garlic and cheese marinated boneless chicken, roasted red pepper sauce, corn puree, laccha pyaaz | $16

Masala Dosa – Rice and lentil pancakes stuffed with spiced potatoes; served with lentil broth and coconut chutney | $16

Bollywood Bhutta – Corn on the cob, butter, chef’s special spice and lime | $6
Vegetarian Dhansak – Traditional Parsi dish of lentils and vegetables; served with traditional Parsi brown rice, it combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine | $22
Butter chicken | $25
Lavender Lassi & Rose lemonade | $5 & $6 respectively
Deconstructed Motichoor Laddoo – with saffron rabdi and dried fruits | $13 


Prompt, quick, polite and most importantly, very educational.  You can tell that all staff are very passionate about their food and they take the time to really explain every dish to you in detail – wonderfully delightful for a foodie like me!

Value for money

A little pricier that some Indian places but still very reasonable especially considering the location and quality of food.

The Details


545 Crown Street Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia


(02) 9699 9444

Opening Hours:

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm-10pm

Sat & Sun: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10:30pm

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Masala Theory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Please note that this was an invited food tasting


  1. Christine Kong says

    I love Indian food and the way you describe this restaurant and all the aromas and pictures of entrees has me drooling! Everything looks and sounds amazing and I am now craving Indian! Thanks for sharing this amazing restaurant with us! xoxo, Christine

    1. Talyssa says

      Thanks so much Christine! That means a lot, I always try to make my writing engaging and meaningful so I’m really glad it somewhat did it’s job :)

    1. Talyssa says

      Thanks Jeanne!

  2. Rina says

    I am such a fan of Indian food. I heard that London has such a good selection of Indian restaurants and I’ll be visiting next month! I’m so excited <3

    Rina Samantha

    1. Talyssa says

      That’s awesome Rina! Hope to hear all your London Indian food adventures :D

    1. Talyssa says

      Thanks so much Andreea!

  3. I'm Fads says

    Indian food is one of the best because of their different spices which makes them unique. The interior of this restaurant is so rad, I love it! Above all, this is a great review. Thanks for sharing.

    Love, Fads

    1. Talyssa says

      Thanks so much! Glad you liked the post!
      I know right, the interior is so cool!

  4. nikkilivinglife says

    I am drooling. All the images and your description of the foods sound delicious. I love Indian food and I wish I had an Indian Theory near me. I have never had a lavender lassi and hopefully will get to try it sometime. Thank you for sharing.


    1. Talyssa says

      Thanks so much for your comment Nikki! Glad you liked the post – hoping you get to try that Lavender Lassi one day!

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