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Punjab Dhaba 1/2/08 - that's a lot of food for $7

gini Jan 3, 2008 08:06 AM

Trying to be better about posting about places I've eaten....

Hit up Punjab Dhaba for takeout last night: the combo vegetable platter for $6.95 comes with vegetable korma, vegetable biryani, vegetable samosa, vegetable pakora, raita, chutney, and a huge piece of naan.

Everything was pretty good - their naan is excellent as was the vegetable korma. The rice and raita were forgettable, but the samosa and pakora both had a great fry job. I've always been a fan of Indian Pavilion, so it's nice to see consistency in the Mohan Singh empire.

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  1. Prav RE: gini Jan 3, 2008 08:24 AM

    I really liked Punjabi Dhaba's fish masala. It wasn't delicate or anything special, but it was just a hearty portion of mild fish in their rich, buttery pink makhani sauce. Sort of guilty indulgence, especially when said sauce was sopped with a steaming hot puri.

    I didn't know India Pavillion was related to Punjabi Dhaba. Interesting, because they are POLAR opposites to me - I love the Dhaba but think Pavillion is one of the blandest, most mediocre places.

    One interesting tidbit is that my father has a memory of eating at India Pavillion during his first (and only) visit to Cambridge in the 1960s.

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      gini RE: Prav Jan 3, 2008 09:20 AM

      Prav, I'm having issues today. The two ARE related, but it's Indian PALACE that I like, not the other one.
      Link: http://www.royalbharatinc.com/royalbh...

    2. GretchenS RE: gini Jan 3, 2008 02:01 PM

      Is this the place in Arlington Center?

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        finlero RE: GretchenS Jan 3, 2008 02:44 PM

        Inman Square

        Punjabi Dhaba
        225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          raddoc RE: GretchenS Jan 4, 2008 04:51 AM

          The restaurant in Arlington is just Punjab. Fancier decor, good food, nice specials. They had a nice rack of lamb last night.

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          tamerlanenj RE: gini Jan 4, 2008 11:07 AM

          But where is the HEAT at Punjabi Dhaba?

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            finlero RE: tamerlanenj Jan 4, 2008 12:48 PM

            While I'm certainly not pretending to be an expert on Indian cuisine, I was under the impression that food from the Punjab region doesn't tend to be overwhelmingly spicy:


            My favorite food at Punjabi Dhaba is actually the Indian-spiced egg dishes they serve during the daytime. Not spicy, but certainly well-spiced.

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              galangatron RE: finlero Jan 14, 2008 05:58 PM

              punjabi dhaba has the best mango lassis. i really like their assortment of chaat too

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                Prav RE: galangatron Jan 14, 2008 06:23 PM

                I agree with you on their lassis. I also love all their rotis.

            2. re: tamerlanenj
              black bean can RE: tamerlanenj Jan 12, 2008 12:05 PM

              Unfortunately it's pretty random.

              I've been sticking with ordering "extra extra spicy" or "even extra extra extra" which is the equivalent of spice roulette, today we got a lot of diced chiles on our chicken tika

              BTW, I tried the jerk chicken, and at least that time it was plenty hot.

              There are usually chiles at the counter that you can grab if it's way under spiced.

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              miiki RE: gini Jan 14, 2008 03:07 PM

              The owner of Punjabi Dhaba owns the Haveli as well- also in Inman.
              What is the name of that place that focused on Southern Indian [my favorite] I heard about a few years back? Any recs for good spicy Southern Indian chow in near Cambridge appreaciated.

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                finlero RE: miiki Jan 14, 2008 03:42 PM

                Maybe Rangoli in Allston?

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                  PaulB RE: miiki Jan 14, 2008 03:47 PM

                  Perhaps Rani in Coolidge Corner? I thought that was their thing.

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                  okello RE: gini Jan 19, 2008 06:55 PM

                  After reading about this place, I finally checked it out tonight when at 10 pm I realized I had skipped both lunch and dinner. Whoops. Anyway, the food was ok, but not spectacular. Following the guidance from these boards, I asked for my food "hot"--and, it did come hot--but not very flavorful. That hotness that is just hotness, but didn't tickle my tastebuds the way Indian typically does; there wasn't a lot of depth to the flavor. On the other hand, the Mango Lassi was suberb.

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