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

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. 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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    1. re: Prav

      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. Is this the place in Arlington Center?

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      1. re: GretchenS

        Inman Square

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        Punjabi Dhaba
        225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. re: GretchenS

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

        2. But where is the HEAT at Punjabi Dhaba?

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          1. re: tamerlanenj

            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:

            http://www.food-india.com/region/punj...

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

            1. re: finlero

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

              1. re: galangatron

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

            2. re: tamerlanenj

              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.

            3. 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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                1. re: miiki

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

                2. 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.