For some people on the Outer Banks, a trip across the Wright Memorial Bridge may seem like they are going a world away from the beach, but for those who make the trip to Masala Bay Grill, it really is.
Located on Caratoke Highway in Point Harbor, Masala Bay Grill offers visitors water views from every seat and boasts marina boat access. Sitting on the edge of the Currituck Sound facing the Outer Banks, the vista offers guests colorful sunsets to compliment the colorful menu options. The large windows and panoramic water views contribute to a light, lively, and upbeat atmosphere.
The brightness of both the food and space make it a great gathering place for any occasion.
A relatively new restaurant to the area, Masala Bay is the only authentic Indian restaurant on the Outer Banks.
Blending traditional North Indian cuisine with the coastal environment, Masala Bay offers a little something for everyone. Indian food is known for being very vegetarian-friendly, and many dishes are vegan or can easily be made vegan.
Meat lovers, though, have plenty of options: The menu offers a large variety of chicken, lamb, and seafood dishes.
Meals can easily be customized, according to spice.
A variety of gluten-free options, and gluten-free breads are also available.
Samosas, a deep-fried savory pastry stuffed with potatoes, peas, and spices, are a very popular appetizer. The fluffy potatoes and fresh green peas blended with spices make for a flavorful and accessible starter for any meal.
Chatpata Chaat — a street vendor favorite comprised of crisp, fried wafers with potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes, yogurt — and tart and flavorful tamarind chutney are popular appetizer entries.
A popular entree is the classic Butter Chicken. The chicken is marinated in a rich mix of citrus, yogurt, and spices before the dish is cooked in the Outer Banks’ only traditional tandoor oven. It’s served with a velvety and mild curry.
Another fan favorite is the Mixed Tandoori Grill, which is perfect for those who want a little bit of everything: This dish combines chicken, lamb, and salmon.
The menu also offers a selection of biryani, a bold dish based on spicy and aromatic rice.
Seafood lovers can satisfy their cravings with Goan Fish, in which fish is sautéed with a hint of coconut and spices. Those who prefer shellfish have options, too, including Shrimp Korma in which shrimp is prepared with cashews and a creamy curry sauce. Masala Bay Grill offers a seafood lovers dream — the Seafood Combo Curry, which combines freshly caught fish, scallops, and shrimp in a creamy curry sauce.
Dessert boasts both Indian and American options, including a favorite with diners, Warm Galub Jamun. The flavorful dessert is simple: delicate dough fried golden brown and served with a warm syrup.
Perhaps recognizable to many people even if they are unfamiliar with Indian food is the rice pudding. Masala Bay’s rice pudding is served with pistachios and almonds.
The lunch menu offers a few special items for diners. Among the extensive options are a chicken platter, which combines butter chicken and chicken curry on one plate with naan, a traditional Indian flat bread, rice, and vegetable fritters. Kebabs are also available at lunch.
A children’s menu is also available and includes items like chicken nuggets and cheese quesadillas.
Masala Bay Grill offers visitors and locals alike with something a little different.
With easily customized options — and the chef’s ability to accommodate a variety of diets and needs — Indian cuisine offers a little something for everyone.
Paired with sweeping vistas and famous Outer Banks sunsets, Masala Bay Grill is worth the short trek over the bridge.
The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as take out options.
Catering is also available for groups of 10 to 50 people.