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The Massala

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118 Borough Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2ES, England
+44 1642 250145
18:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 23:30
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34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First impressions were of a very nice clean restaurant with co-ordinated decor. Cobra on draught was a nice touch. Sajid was very welcoming and looked after us. Popadoms were lovely and crisp accompanied by a tasty pickle selection, with chilli pickle replacing the usual lime pickle. The chicken in the tikka starters was very tender and the lamb sheesh keebab... More 

Thank Lynne B
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320 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for dinner whilst staying over in Middlesbrough to see Skindred at The Empire. Luckily enough this was a Thursday evening & we took advantage of their 5 courses for £9.80, this consisted of a Poppadom & Chutney tray, Starter, Main course, Rice or Nan bread, Coffee & Liqueur. Food was good but service wasn't as good as I'd... More 

Thank Jonny-Northerner
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

First time we have ever been. Fantastic service and very well looked after by Sajid. Nice touch having Cobra on draught. That much we took it home!

Thank Tracey O
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is one of my favourite Indian Restaurants in the UK. I would expect the ratings to be even higher. I travel a lot in my role and look forward to visiting Middlesbrough for this food alone. Only my sixth visit but food is consistently excellent, service is very good, good choice menu and restaurant is well decorated and clean.... More 

Thank DeanDunn
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I am a regular of this place and the food was good they under the spice with the really hot stuff but when ordering food with no or little spice you get what you ask for. The service is first class. Overall an enjoyable experience. Our waiter sanjid tended to us well.

Thank jonny5alivej
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52 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here with my colleague and the place was busy. Shared popadums and pickle tray and each had a curry with rice and naans. My colleague had chicken curry apna style, I had chicken phaal. Both were massive portions, perfectly spiced and mine - the phaal- was very hot (as I like). Probably the best curry we've had for a... More 

Thank lordbunworth
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528 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This place has recently been refurbished and upgraded. The decor and atmosphere are both really nice,it has a lovely ambience to it. The staff were very attentive with even the owner helping out. He was really chatty and freindly ensuring you were served quickly. The food has also improved beyond recognition, they have changed the menus and the dishes were... More 

Thank Stuart C
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Visited here with friends after a few drinks of celebration, firstly sexual conversations between staff discussing my friends bum, which infuriated me. Secondly we asked if we could give them our order as we were sat over 20 minutes, the waiter came and took our order but we had to more or less ask him to take it to the... More 

1 Thank beckyboo31
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Visited with family in August but have visited many times before. Great value special on a Thursday with 5 courses, but I would advise to book if there's a few of you. The restaurant is clean, the food is gorgeous & the portions are a good size, you won't leave hungry. Catered for kids providing smaller portions and a milder... More 

1 Thank Cambo2010
Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Visited for food, service was excellent and food amazing. My husband had a seafood main dish and was very happy with it. Recommend and will be back.

Thank ali1250

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$14
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Borough Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2ES, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Middlesbrough
  • Phone Number: +44 1642 250145

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?