Masala is a chain of Indian restaurants around Auckland. I have only been to the one in Mission Bay, following a quick stop over at Michael J Savage Memorial Park, while showing around a friend visiting from Germany. Normally I would go to the Belgian cafe when in Mission Bay, above Movenpick in the corner. However, the German friend is vegetarian and does not eat seafood, so... we thought, why not Indian?
$10 dinners are on Mondays to Wednesdays. The patio dining area, overlooking the beach promenade, was fully occupied. We found a table as close to the windows as possible. My favourite is Palak paneer, the green curry above, with spinach and cottage cheese. The yellow curry was also vegetarian, and the red, chicken. You can also choose the degree of spiciness. Along with naans, and, ideally, mango lassis (which we didn't order this time around), it was a lovely, filling, dinner.
A bit of history. Michael Joseph Savage is pretty famous in New Zealand. Or should be, since there is a park named after him. For every child who has received NZ schooling should know, he was the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand, and a pretty popular one at that.
To get here: It's on the way to Mission Bay. Cruise down Tamaki Drive, until you see a sign on your right.
Michael Joseph Savage led the country through the Depression and the early years of the Second World War, until his death in 1940. He is buried at Bastion Point here, also historic for a major Maori Protest in the 1970s, againt land confiscated from them by the Crown with the Treaty of Waitangi.
It's a lovely land, especially on a sunny day. A beautifully clear view of the symmetrical volcanic Rangitoto Island.
Fancy a fancy morning coffee? Syphon coffee will probably take you back to your high school chemistry classes. But this is way better than any chemistry experiments, because you get to taste a smooth black coffee at the end! The coffee is heated then filtered through the round bottomed flask. Even A, who is not a fan of black coffee, really enjoyed it. Yes! Tick, tick!
Did you know there is also a Shaky Isles at Auckland Airport?!