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Oct 18, 2007 05:44 AM

New Indian Restaurant in Wakefield

Has anyone been to India's Finest on Water Street in Wakefield? I just heard about the place this morning, but know little about it, and there is absolutely nothing on the Internet about it.

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  1. I have not heard about it. Do you know the address? There is a relatively new Indian place at 23 Water St. called Karishma Indian Bistro. I wonder if they already changed names?

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    1. re: RichardA

      Yes, the address is 23 Water Street. The owner actually contacted me earlier today, saying they had just recently opened.

      1. re: hiddenboston

        A Google of Karishma Indian Bistro shows quite a few positive comments on the place. Same food, same owners, different name now?

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          I don't know about the same owners part. The person who contacted me said that he and his wife just opened the place up.

          I might have to drive by the place tomorrow to see what's up (I'll be in the area anyways).

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Wonder what he means by "just." The comments I read were from July/August, talking about a good new Indian place.

            1. re: Bostonbob3

              I had been to Karishma a few times and the food was excellent. Great vindaloo and naan. And the portions were good-sized.

              But, the menu was somewhat limited and the ambience was a bit lacking. There were always two large screen TVs going, playing an Indian version of MTV. Not quite conducive to families. Plus, they never seemed real busy.

    2. All right, I just got an email from India's Finest; according to the new owner, Karishma was bought out, and everything is new, including staff, menu, and chefs.

      If anyone tries it, let us know!

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Thanks for the update. Maybe I will stop by there for lunch tomorrow.

        1. re: RichardA

          I went there for lunch today.

          The decor is slightly different, more just a couple different decorations. And the TVs are still there, playing Indian MTV. I did not se any of the same staff as once was in Karishma.

          For lunch, they have a buffet ($7.99) and it is very similar to the one that used to be at Karishma. The menu is different, and more extensive with all the usual Indian dishes. Karishma used to only have 2 kinds of breads but now there are 10.

          Instead of the buffet, I ordered a spicy Chicken Vindaloo ($10), Tandorri Roti and Punjabi Prantha. I got a decent sized dish of chicken and potatoes. The meat was very tender and I only needed a fork to cut the pieces. The vindaloo was very good, spicy though not overwhelming. It came with the standard Basmati rice. Both breads ($2 each) were tasty, and well buttered. Overall, a very good meal.

          1. re: RichardA

            Thanks for the report. I'll try to get over there the next time I'm in the area.

      2. Went last night and the food was excellent. Good quality ingredients cooked with just the right amount of heat (we ordered everything medium on the spice scale). Breads were baked light and fluffy. Even ordered a second naan to dip in the sauces. Highly recommend it. Much easier than driving in town for good Indian food!!

        1. My friends live in Wakefield and have been raving to me about it. They also liked Karishma and say this is better.

          India's Finest
          23 Water Street, Wakefield, MA 01880

          1. My wife and I posted our experience with this new place back in October:

            We are glad to see that this place is catching on since we love going there and want to see it succeed:)