Serving Asian fusion cuisine, Indian style. A taste from South Tangra.
Green Lettuce is still my favorite of the Indian-Chinese fusion places, their food is addictive. But for the times I don't want to fight the crowds to get my spicy food fix, I will head to the much quieter and emptier Hakka Masti.
I tried Hakka Masti for lunch the other day, and liked it.
It looks nice inside, I liked the spacious tables and everything looks newly renovated.
The lunch specials are a good deal and range from $7-8 and include soup and rice.
I liked the mushroom egg drop soup, even though it contained frozen veggies and canned mushrooms.
They do use MSG in their foods, so if you are sensitive you should skip this place.
For the lunch special I had their pad thai, and it was delicious, it tasted slightly different from Thai pad thai, it was spicier but still good and it was full of ingredients, I hate eating only noodle bites.
One of the things I miss the most about living in Toronto is the great pad thai they had there. For some reason most Chinese restaurants perfected making Pad Thai, so I had it often.
My first visit to Hakka Masti went well, the service is a bit uneven & awkward, but I think they just aren't used to North American friendly service.
Food: Huge menu, based on their takeout menu. When I arrived for lunch, I was given their lunch combo menu, which is two pages and consists of two main choices: soup + noodle dish for $7 or so (tax included) or soup + rice + dish for $8 or so (tax included). Each combo had over ten choices available, but I went with hot/sour soup and Pad Thai. The soup was a western-sized bowl, delicious with mushrooms, tofu, a thick, hearty stock augmented with fresh cilantro. The chicken pad thai was good too -- don't expect Thai-style, but the noodles were perfect, it was loaded with chicken and other great ingredients, and it had a lovely spicy-sour flavour. Condiments included chili oil, soya sauce, and a delicious pickled-indian-chili-pepper vinegar that added a wonderful zip. The food's default level of heat was good, greater than what you'd get at, say, a real Mexican restaurant, but not as hot as South Indian or Thai food. I didn't react to the MSG if indeed there was any.
Service: I found the staff fairly pleasant despite what others have said. I was gestured to a seat immediately, provided with a menu and water, etc. My food arrived quickly and I was more or less left alone, but a waiter did circulate. Service seemed very accommodating - two East Indians who wandered in asked a series of questions about the heat of the dish, and the waiter explained in detail and explained that it could be customized by the kitchen or at the table with the chili oil and condiments. Likewise, a woman with a child who came in had her questions answered patiently - I would say the service is definitely in the Asian mode, but a bit better than usual.
Value: I had a large bowl of soup and a good dinner-plate sized portion of noodles redolent with large pieces of white-meat chicken (a mark of quality to many, though I prefer dark meat) and fresh green onions, tipped the establishment 15%, and even with that tip the meal cost me only as much as a meal at any fast-food joint in the land. It's a very good deal, and while it was a quick meal, the sounds in the kitchen lead me to believe the main was only begun when I ordered.
Ambiance: Spacious, very clean, well-lit with nice tables and decor. The cleanliness was impressive even by Western Standards, down to the condiment dishes being free of dirt, stains, smudges and stickiness.
I have enjoyed Hakka Masti Restaurant several times over the past year (2013 - 14). Their Asian Fusion Cuisine (China - India) is outstanding. Prices are moderate. Lunch specials provide a choice of 20 or more items with generous portions. Service is excellent. The restaurant and bathrooms are spotlessly clean.
The atmosphere is quiet and confortable. Hakka Masti is suitable for family and business meetings.
This is a relatively new restaurant in Surrey and I have to say it is a hidden jewel. We were very impressed with the food. It is a fusion blend of Chinese and Indian. The food is very authentic Indian-Chinese with distinct flavors. I've eaten Indian-Chinese in Delhi over the years and this is the first time I've encountered a true Indian-Chinese restaurant in North America. This place is definitely much better than Green Lettuce Restaurant, Asian Spice rest and other Chinese-Indian restaurants located in Surrey & Burnaby.
The food tastes fresh and is not very oily like the other places. I've been here twice and we had the Hakka Vegetable Noodles, chicken manchurian, kofta manchurian (veg), and man chow soup which is awesome. The food is so full of flavour and tastes fresh. You can taste distinctive flavors of coriander and spices.
If you are a food lover and enjoy fine foods, I think you'll be in for a treat. This one is now in our top 10 list.
We went there on Nov 19th, 2011 for dinner, it was a weekend. The food was served quickly, hardly fine to ten minutes wait time, but the quality and taste was really disappointing. Full of salt and oil oozing out of the food. Only their hot and sour soup was good. We ordered Chicken Manchurian Hakka Masti special, Hakka Masti rice with shrimps and chicken and noodles with shrimps and chicken - sorry to say but all three dishes were crap....only soup was good.
The portions were fine but the taste was so pathetic that we couldn't even finish one single dish. Also, the oil effect is really hard on throat as I had to drink warm water after the food to sooth my throat. Chilli Pepper and Green Lettuce are much better options. Will only go there for their hot and sour soup which me and my family liked. But the serving of the soup was too small!
I tried their chili chicken with rice. The chili chicken was quite mild and had any spices that you would normally expect from an Indian-Chinese fusion restaurant. The rice was also not included with the chili chicken and seemed to have been microwaved right before being served. Other ppl on the thread have given it better reviews and I will give their other dishes a try before I make any conclusions.
I work nearby and had come there about two weeks back for lunch with my friends. We ordered lunch special and the food quantity was pretty good for one person. There's a soup and a dish. I ordered the Hot and Sour Soup and a Chilli Chicken and it came with a rice. The food was delicious and there was almost no wait time. My friends had ordered the same soup but a noodle dish. That was good aswell, but it was a little too oily. The only negative to the overall awesome food quality.
The service though was a totally different story. We were three of us friends, he took the order and then put 3 plates and cutlery on the table and made us give it out to each other(!!). Then after putting the food on the table, he dint name which food was which, and my two friends who both ordered noodles had to play the guessing game over who ordered which. I have to tell you, it wasnt that the restaurant was busy and the server was running around, there was only one other table in the restaurant at that time. He was watching tv the whole time. He came to our table after about 15 mins and asked if everything was ok? I looked at my friends, thinking who is this guy? He put a jug of water in our table (dint fill water in our glasses) and went back to his tv.
At the beginning I was wondering to myself how come a restaurant which has fairly good decor located in scott road amongst so many offices be this empty. I think I know now. The big tall indian server there needs to know where he is working is called the "service Industry", I dint see any "service" whatsoever. The owner of this place is probably very rich and never comes to the restaurant, employees taking advantage and so the quality of the service is this pathetic.
The food is good, the service is, you know... worthless. Give it a try your experice could be different.
I went there to have my food, the noodle was over cooked but it was good though..i decided to have a take out too and can u believe it..they served me the take out in a very dirty container..i asked them the guy told me it happens...
i asked him wat if i fall sick..he said if u want i can change it..and he went in..i was lucky i chkd it by chance..
This tall indian friend mus know we pay for our food. Not free.
My family and I went to Hakka Masti for the first time several months ago on recommendation from a friend. We were sceptical at first but were truly surprised. The food is exceptional, and being vegetarians we usually dont get a large choice. There are OVER 80 VEGERARIAN DISHES. We were amazed at the variety to choose from.
The food was superbly cooked and the staff and service was excellent. The ambiance is quiet, and peaceful. Each dish is unique in its own way and is definetly a restaurant i highly recommend everyone one to go to. This restauraunt has become one of my favorite restaurant amongside Green Lettuce, another exceptionally great restaurant.
I have read reviews where people compain about the service, and I frankly have no idea what they are talking about. The waiters were nice respectful, and the food arrived in an extremely reasonable amount of time. Another option that I think is really neat that they do is, you can order on phone before you go to the restaurant and by the time you come, they will have it ready for you to eat there. Its dining in without the long wait of many restaurants!
Everyone, especially vegetarians should check this place out. With 200+ dishes, and 80+ vegetarian dishes you will always be satisfied with this restaurant. Their dishes are indescribably delicious, exotic, unique mouth watering. You have to try them to understand what I am saying The atmosphere is fantastic, and the service and food is equally brilliant. Anyone who does not go to this restaurant is honestly out of their mind.
We had take out the first time we went there. The food was excellent tasting but the waiter was rude and could care less to explain to us about the different type of sauces. We ordered a meat dish, a vegetarian dish and a noodle dish. They were spicy and savory, however, the vegetable pieces were cut so small, I almost required magnifying glasses to fish them out in a pool of sauce.