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Best Indian Buffet in Boston/Cambridge/Waltham/Metrowest

Velda Mae Dec 2, 2009 12:30 PM

Where is the best Indian lunch buffet in Boston/Cambridge/Waltham or the general Metrowest area?

  1. BellatrixStar Dec 10, 2009 12:02 PM

    I work across from Ambassador in Woburn and regularly go the lunch buffet...decent variety, really excellent food.

    Also, The Pongal in Billerica is a little more upscale and very delicious.

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    1. re: BellatrixStar
      teezeetoo Dec 10, 2009 02:01 PM

      I'm a fan of Shanti's in Dorchester. Their food is good in general and their buffet is better than average.

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      ls941 Dec 10, 2009 11:25 AM

      So far my favorite is Bukhara in JP on Centre st. Nicely smoky tandoori chicken. Even better are the spiced carrots. Those are my favorite, but they are not a regular item on the buffet- sometimes they're there, other times not. It's the first thing I look for when I go.

      I ate 3 platefuls of carrots the first time I went there. The waiter noticed my fondness for them and sent me home with yet more in a takeout plastic container.

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      1. re: ls941
        Prav Dec 10, 2009 11:46 AM

        I've unfortunately have had nothing but dreadful experiences at Bukhara. I don't even want to get into it.

        Let's just say last time I was there, they served me a bowl of raw shrimp with dry masala poured over it. It was dark in the restaurant and my DC and I, deep in serious conversation, had started munching on the raw seafood without any thought. 15 minutes in, the owner approaches our table sheepishly and tells us that "they made a slight mistake and they might have forgotten to cook the shrimp", and that "he needs to see it quickly", while pulling the bowl out of my hand.

        We were SO mortified. I wasn't trying to make a scene, but you could see the priceless expressions on neighboring diners' faces when I remarked to the owner,

        "How can you DO this? How can you serve customers raw, uncooked seafood? How long has this restaurant been open??"

        We walked out.

      2. jcess7 Dec 4, 2009 07:47 AM

        Its a little far out, but India Palace in Chelmsford, is fantastic.Different types of dishes ( including the basic fare) but also idlis, vadas, sambars, many vegetarian options. 3 types of dessert. etc. I love the idlis personally.

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          peregrine Dec 10, 2009 01:26 PM

          If you're that far out, consider Pongal, one of the best around, on Rt 3A in Billerica.

          1. re: jcess7
            greygarious Dec 10, 2009 04:21 PM

            I've been there on both their good and not so good days. The good ones are excellent, the others forgettable. My only big quibble with IP is the cubes of pre-fab chicken which are apparently added at the end of sauce preparation. There is no chicken flavor in the sauces themselves (not that the chicken equivalent of particle board would contribute much taste anyway). The fried idli tidbits are one of the best things ever!

            Overall, I give the Pongal the edge, but not by much.

          2. StriperGuy Dec 3, 2009 05:18 AM

            Kathmandu Spice in Arlington is also EXCELLENT.

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              AmbigEthnic Dec 3, 2009 06:45 AM

              Can also vouch for buffet at Kebab Factory - and if you're on the subway - Mantra in the theater district also has a pretty good buffet - and you always get a dosa...

              1. re: AmbigEthnic
                bostonron Dec 3, 2009 02:46 PM

                Moonson in Maynard has a pretty good buffet.

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                  chickendhansak Dec 4, 2009 07:09 AM

                  I think that one is OK, but beware the Monsoon buffet in Acton, which is appalling.

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              LStaff Dec 3, 2009 05:00 AM

              For me its a toss up in Waltham between Kebab and Tandoor and Little India - depends on my mood on which style I want to eat and what happens to be offered that day.

              1. trufflehound Dec 2, 2009 03:33 PM

                I really enjoyed Minerva in Natick last time. Standouts were goat curry, tandoori chicken and a sweet noodle dessert.

                1. chickendhansak Dec 2, 2009 12:44 PM

                  This thread has some discussion of Kebab and Tandoor in Waltham and The Kebab Factory on the Cambridge/Somerville line, amongst others.


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                  1. re: chickendhansak
                    greenzebra Dec 2, 2009 01:47 PM

                    Haven't made it out to Kebab and Tandoor in Waltham yet, but I can give a strong recommendation to The Kebab Factory.

                    1. re: chickendhansak
                      manish01 Dec 4, 2009 07:00 AM

                      This place is great esp there biryani!

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