Another player is poised to enter Penrith’s burgeoning food scene, with Masala Kitchen coming to the Tench Avenue restaurant precinct.
Owner Lucky Rajput, who is the creator behind its two popular predecessors – Masala Bowl in the Sydney CBD and Masala Kitchen at Moore Park – has been keeping an eye out for the perfect location after spending six years refining the Indian restaurant’s concept.
“We were always looking to expand to western Sydney, but we were not just looking to open anywhere, we wanted a dining precinct where people could go and eat and enjoy the surroundings,” he said.
He said diners can expect unapologetically authentic flavours but in a modern, colourful setting with no elephants or arches in sight.
“We are not modernising the food, just the whole experience of people dining out in Indian restaurants,” he said.
“We found with Indian restaurants the perception is really bad, that they are really tacky and that’s what we want to change. We have spent a lot of time and effort creating the brand, from the furniture to the plates everything is customised.”
In addition to food, the venue will offer a Gin Lounge and Tea Lounge as well as delicious desserts.
Masala Kitchen is expected to combine two shops once Penrith Council gives it the official go ahead.
Once approved, it will join The Coffee Club, Onshore Seafood, Maldini’s, Tella Balls Dessert Bar, Goji Bar and Restaurant as well as the yet-to-open Riverbank Wine Bar and Lone Star Rib House.
Alena Higgins is the Weekender’s Senior News Reporter, primarily covering courts and Council issues.