India Oven Masala Catering
Located at 1040 East Flamingo Road, an area dense with Indian Restaurants and UNLV students, it was late 2017 that owner Ulzan Mehta merged India Oven and India Masala to become India Oven Masala Bar & Grill, the interior one of Las Vegas’ most elegant and the combination of dishes representing North and South India offering a great deal of diversity.
Not far from Maryland Parkway and the National Atomic Testing Museum, a $12.99 daily Lunch Buffet expectedly popular with nearly fifty items on rotation, it was to #supportlocal that catering was requested across town on Thursday, the spread for 25 guests arriving on-time, temperature appropriate and complete with all seviceware, plates and utensils.
Happy to let the accountant-turned-cook concoct a menu, three prior catering events pleasing a variety of guests, it was with bold smells perfuming the office that attendees gathered plates and perused options before selecting, familiar items such as moist Tandoori Chicken, fluffy Naan and Salad predictably going first while Samosas also proved popular thanks to both familiarity and their bold taste.
More slow to accept Matter Paneer, a novelty to the group built around springy Cheese and Chickpeas, it was no surprise that Butter Chicken many mistakenly called Tikka Masala also went quickly, the brightness of Coriander particularly noteworthy while creamy Gravy helped sell many on Bone-In Goat Korma.
Requesting no Daal on this visit, but extra Kabab that again disappeared within thirty minutes instead, it was after a few pieces of Naan that Dessert was enjoyed, Gulab Jamub tiny but texturally as expected while Kheer was less sweet than usual and instead nutty with occasional Raisins and plenty of Cardamom.
N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone there are only a few Indian Restaurants in town that offer the breadth and quality to please a diverse staff, and on Thursday Ulzan Mehta and his team at India Oven Masala Bar & Grill outperformed expectations once again.
RECOMMENDED: Butter Naan, Vegetable Samosa, Goat Korma, Tandoori Chicken, Tamarind Chutney, Coconut Chutney, Gulab Jamun.
TIP: Proud to offer catering as well as a 10% discount to UNLV students, those simply looking for small order delivery will be glad to know the website also offers service by BItesquad
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.