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cambridgejen Mar 9, 2007 08:18 AM

I had lunch at Grain and Salt yesterday, and it lived up to its high recommendations. The decor is brightly colored and comfortable, and we got a warm greeting from the owner when we arrived. I was freezing when I arrived, and he immediately recommended a hot cup of chai, which was delicious. We ordered samosas first. The spices were just right and the sauces on the side were clearly freshly prepared and tasty. I ordered murgh makhani and my husband ordered chicken korma. Both were made with perfectly tender, flavorful chicken. The rice was cooked just right and colored in gorgeous yellows and oranges, with fresh peas interspersed. It was almost too beautiful to eat! The naan arrived at our table steaming hot from the oven. Everything that we ate was perfectly textured and flavored. The service was excellent and enthusiastic.

The next time that we go, I plan on ordering from the Indian-Chinese section of the menu.

Check this place out!

  1. galangatron Mar 9, 2007 11:16 AM

    nearest T stop?

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    1. re: galangatron
      Allstonian Mar 9, 2007 11:40 AM

      Green Line - B line, get off at Harvard Avenue and it's about 3-4 blocks. Or get the 57 bus out of Kenmore, get off at Harvard Ave. Even closer - take the 66 bus from Harvard Square, get off at Hano Street and walk back about one block.

    2. galangatron Mar 11, 2007 09:40 PM

      address? 231 or 431 cambridge st?

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      1. re: galangatron
        limster Mar 11, 2007 10:46 PM

        Don't know the street address, but it's between Cafe Brazil and Bo Thai on Cambridge Street in Allston.

      2. galangatron Mar 12, 2007 02:26 PM

        it's 431. certain webpages need to change their misinformation. great haleem

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          fragolino Mar 12, 2007 03:46 PM

          How does their haleem compare with Madina Market's?

        2. galangatron Mar 12, 2007 08:05 PM

          never had it at madina market

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            Gordito Mar 18, 2007 07:09 PM

            We finally went there after reading a lot of raves on this site, and are happy to report that the raves are right!

            The weekend specials are long-cooked stews, we had a nice beef shank with heavily accented ginger. The chicken biryani was one of the best I have had that was not homemade, and the okra was perfect. The setting is nice and informal, the staff are friendly, and we will be happy the next time we go.

            Madina market also has fantastic food, this place has the added advantage of comfort. It's a bit of good luck to live around here.

            1. Rahul Singh Mar 22, 2007 01:42 PM

              Ok here's my skinny, and I eat this stuff all the time. Seek Kebab with the minced lamb, mint and onion is the best thing on the menu. Their Murgh Achari (first chicken dish on menu) was as tasty and traditional as it gets, flavors of fennel bursting through the stew.
              Ate there 3 times, and thought taste wise was the best Pakistani/Indian I had eaten in Boston in the last 10 years. HOWEVER, they also have the SMALLEST portion sizes I have ever seen relative to any other place. For $11, im looking for more than 1/4 lb or 3 bites of chicken. Unfortunately, this seems to be a signature whether you eat in or take out. On another lighter note, the tea is also the most flavorful Chai ive had! I would try this place for lunch, but never again for dinner. The chinese was quite tasty in you know what Indian chinese food tastes like. Same story with the portions though...sucks because i would eat at this place everyday too...

              1. Rahul Singh Apr 17, 2007 06:50 PM

                Just A follow up from previous post. Food is still great. Portion sizes are quite large, and owner/manager is more than receptive to requests and suggestions. Very good stuff here, dont miss!!!!

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