New Masala Theory ~ Bondi Beach

Mimi Dang
19th Nov 2023

Sydney's culinary scene just got a spicy upgrade with the arrival of Masala Theory at Bondi Beach, the newest venture from the team behind the beloved Surry Hills gem. This stylish outpost, set to officially open its doors next Friday, promises the same exceptional standards of service and cuisine that have made Masala Theory a household name, but with a sleeker look for a more bougie dining experience.

Owner Yashpal Erda's passion for his Indian roots is evident in every corner of the restaurant, from the whimsical interiors to the inventive food style that has become synonymous with Masala Theory. The seven-year journey from Surry Hills to Bondi Beach has given the team an incredible experience, and it shows in every aspect of this new location.

Chef Sreekanth Munnangi, who has earned his stripes over seven years at Masala Theory in Surry Hills, takes diners on an inspirational journey across India with a menu that boasts a healthy selection of dishes. The menu is thoughtfully divided into vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and vegan 3-course set menus, offering mind-blowing entrees, main courses, and a variety of tasty breads, paddy tales, and sides.

For those familiar with Masala Theory, the menu at Bondi Beach will feature some old favourites, including the signature curry bombs traditionally known as Gol Guppa or Pani Puri. It’s a delightful Indian street food composed of a deep-fried breaded sphere filled with spiced chicken or potato. It’s an experience you will never forget with the crispy crunch of the outer shell and the explosion of flavour and spice in the centre. Whether you're a vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or vegan, Masala Theory has you covered with options that cater to all palates and dietary preferences, from FODMAP to dairy-free and gluten-free.

Masala Theory continues to celebrate the vast landscape of India, with a ‘neo-Indian’ menu that pushes boundaries, offering a fusion of traditional and contemporary dishes. That said, you’ll also find the signature Indian curries that you know and love. If you want to crank up the spice, indulge in the Vindaloo smashed chicken or tuck into a classic Chicken Biryani with Awadhi style masala and saffron. Their signature cocktail the Mumbai Margarita will quench your thirst with silver tequila, Cointreau and refreshing pineapple and coconut. Reflective of the dishes is the upbeat and vibrant interior décor with neon lights, colourful murals and a bicycle suspended on the wall with hot pink neon rims. All make for a memorable dining experience that electrifies all the senses.  

Owner Yashpal Erda sums it up best, saying, "The journey from Surry Hills to Bondi Beach has given us an incredible experience to be grateful for. Our menu has evolved, and we continue to celebrate the vast landscape that is India, inspiring us to try new dishes, ingredients, flavors, and textures."

Masala Theory at Bondi Beach is not just a restaurant, it's a culinary odyssey that invites diners to savour the rich tapestry of Indian cuisine in a stylish and welcoming setting.