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dummy Aug 3, 2006 04:17 PM

we need a place that serves high quality food but is not overly in love with itself for a low key dinner tonight. A memorable meal. something south asian perhaps?

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  1. hiddenboston RE: dummy Aug 3, 2006 04:44 PM

    How about Helmand in Cambridge? The Afghan food is outstanding, and the prices are reasonable for such a nice place.

    For good Indian food, how about India Quality in Kenmore Square or Shanti in Dorchester? I'd say that India Quality is better, but Shanti's atmosphere is very nice.

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    1. re: hiddenboston
      GretchenS RE: hiddenboston Aug 3, 2006 05:33 PM

      Helmand is a great idea -- delicious food, hospitable welcome -- but call ahead for a reservation, they can't always take walk-ins. Here is a menu with out-of-date prices. http://cambridge.zami.com/business?BU...

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      mud RE: dummy Aug 3, 2006 04:49 PM

      What about Khao Sarn in Coolidge Corner or Elephant Walk on Beacon Street?

      1. Ali G RE: dummy Aug 3, 2006 04:54 PM

        How about Thai at Dok Bua? It's south asian, low key, inexpensive, good food and byob. Kao Sarn is down the road a bit and has some nicer atmosphere if you are looking for a slightly quieter, intimate feel.

        Malaysian in Allston at Aneka Rasa or Penang in Chinatown?

        1. Ernie Diamond RE: dummy Aug 3, 2006 04:57 PM

          Lu's in Harvard Square (formerly Pho Pasteur) is a great spot. Cheap, low key, fast and very very good.

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            dummy RE: dummy Aug 7, 2006 04:41 PM

            thanks for the suggestions. We dined at Helmand. It was exactly what we were looking for: warm ambience, excellent food, good service. Thanks for the replies.

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