India Oven Masala Bar & Grill Catering
Mixed Vegetable Curry
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 Wednesday, 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, previous catering in August of 2018 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 once an Indian physician showed a few folks how well the lightly spiced mix of Potatoes and Vegetables went with Tamarind Chutney.
More slow to accept Saag Paneer, though India Oven Masala Bar & Grill’s is one of the best in town thanks to generous pieces of Cheese and Spinach that is nearly creamed, it was no surprise that Butter Chicken many mistakenly called Tikka Masala also went quickly, the brightness of Coriander particularly noteworthy while Ginger and Cardamom formed the primary flavors permeating Bone-In Goat meat.
Serving vegetarian needs with a fairly basic Curry, the Tomato-heavy Aloo Mutter performing better but not offering the sort of visuals likely to entice the inexperienced, it was instead two Punjabi dishes plus Dessert that impressed three Indian staff members plus open-minded guests, Dal Makhani taking Lentils in an unexpected direction by way of Cream and Butter while fried Chickpea Flour stood up well a thick Yogurt Gravy in a dish called Kadhi Pakora before finishing sweet with grated Bottle Gourd combined with Ghee, Sugar, Fruit and Nuts.
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 Wednesday Ulzan Mehta and his team at India Oven Masala Bar & Grill outperformed expectations once again with old favorites and novelties alike.
RECOMMENDED: Butter Naan, Vegetable Samosa, Dal Makhani, Kadhi Pakora, Goat Korma, Tandoori Chicken, Tamarind Chutney, Laoki Halwa.
AVOID: Mixed Vegetable Curry was fairly dull.
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.