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tweetie Oct 23, 2006 11:58 PM

New to Indian cuisine and totally in love with naan, especially peshwari and keema. Had some tonight from Bollywood in Lexington and was very disappointed. Where do you suggest I try next? Thanks!

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    Redhohoho Nov 6, 2006 07:32 PM

    Himalayian Bistro in W. Rox...

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      Pegmeister Nov 6, 2006 07:03 PM

      I like the naan at most Indian restaurants I've been to, but Classic India in Quincy Center probably makes the best. I think that's because you can watch them make it. They have their oven in a glassed in area of the dining room so you watch them make it fresh for each table.

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        jcanncuk Nov 6, 2006 06:50 PM

        Hmmm - I should also add that Trader Joe's frozen Naan is a pretty good at home fix. I was pleasantly surprised!

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          jcanncuk Nov 6, 2006 06:49 PM

          I second Bukhara in JP and would add Rani in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Both crispy and not too doughy.

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            tamerlanenj Oct 26, 2006 05:39 PM

            BTW, I like my naan to have some crispy/crackly spots and bubbles on the outside. Too thick and soft is not for me!

            1. hiddenboston Oct 26, 2006 05:10 PM

              The naan at Classic India in Quincy is the best I've had in Boston (their entrees are about the best I've had, too, though I might put Himalayan Bistro in WR and Punjabi Dhaba in Cambridge slightly higher up than Classic India).

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                BarryP Oct 26, 2006 01:55 AM

                The mint naan at Himalaya in West Roxbury is outstanding. In general, Himalaya is tastier than Bukhara and has some nepali dishes as well as the typical Indian options.

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                  tweetie Oct 25, 2006 09:50 PM

                  I knew I could count on you all for help. Kiyah, thick and soft is what we're after. Bollywood's was flat, dry and basically tasteless, very disappointing as I said. Pia, I've seen the Mall place featured on Chronicle and it's been on our list. With your endorsement, we'll definitely be there soon.

                  1. Pia Oct 24, 2006 09:54 PM

                    If you happen to be in the Burlington Mall, check out Gourmet India in the food court. (I know -- mall food court? Trust me.) Especially good if you just want to grab some naan to take out.

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                      tamerlanenj Oct 26, 2006 05:38 PM

                      I was about to say the same thing. Believe it or not, Gourmet India has GREAT nan. There are locations in the Pru food court, and a standalone location--the original--in coolidge corner. The CC outpost is probably the strongest.

                      1. re: tamerlanenj
                        ErstwhileEditor Nov 3, 2006 10:16 PM

                        Actually, the original was and is in the Burlington Mall. (And the naan is very good.)

                        I had an unexpectedly good Peshwari naan at the Ambassador in Woburn.


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                      ptrefler Oct 24, 2006 12:39 PM

                      Give Bukhara in Jamaica Plain a try, it is one of my favorite Indian places. Their naan is amazing.

                      1. Kiyah Oct 24, 2006 10:29 AM

                        I prefer Khushboo's naan to Bollywood's. It's a little thicker and softer.

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                          hargau Oct 24, 2006 09:19 AM

                          The Indian place in the 88 food court is pretty tasty

                          1. peregrine Oct 24, 2006 04:11 AM

                            In either direction on Mass Ave you will find better than Bollywood: Lexington Center has Khushboo and Arlington Center has Punjab.

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                              Velda Mae Oct 24, 2006 03:14 AM

                              My favorite for Indian is Tanjore on Eliot Street in Harvard Square. Their peshawari naan is excellent. I've not had keema naan, but I do like Tanjore's keema dosa.

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