Malden- Spice N Hot v Joti Palace
We recently were strongly encouraged to try Spice N Hot in Malden, and after doing a little bit of research here it sounds very much up our alley. However, in doing said research, I also found some recommendations for Joti Palace, also in Malden.
Thoughts on the relative merits of the two places and recommendations for adventurous eaters who are not afraid of a little heat?
I haven't had that dreadful food at Joti Palace, but it's absolutely run-of-the-mill Indian and not worth making a special journey for.
In that vein, do hounds have any recommendations for good Indian food within easy reach of Malden - I moved here recently and haven't yet found any places nearby to write home about.
I'd say skip them both. I don't remember if we ever tried Joti, but we definitely tried Spice-N-Hot and it was terrible. When I lived in Malden I used to drive to Union Square, Somerville to India Palace for takeout whenever we got the craving for Indian food.
Hey, so, I live in Malden, we've tried both Spice 'N' Hot and Joti Palace...hands down to Spice 'N' Hot. We visited Joti once and were...underwhelmed compared to some of the nice Indian spots around Central Square Cambridge.
Spice 'N' Hot doesn't have pretenses of fanciness, but the owner has a quirky style about the place, and often shows outrageous Bollywood movies on their little TV. Anyone who's ever sat there and watched an action hero eat a carrot and then storm a building with 2 handguns knows what I'm talking about.
Anyway, the food is I'd say better than average (although not out of the park), and if you want some heat go for their Samosa Chaat set on 'medium'. Yum!
My favorite Indian which is not too far away is The Pongol Restaurant on Rte 3A in Billerica. They specialize in South Indian food and they have an excellent buffet.