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Anyone Been to Lazziz in Watertown Square?

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Velda Mae Dec 4, 2009 09:15 AM

Lazziz is the new Indian restaurant in Watertown Square. Has anyone eaten there yet? If so, is it good?

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  1. Pia RE: Velda Mae Dec 4, 2009 12:16 PM

    I got takeout from there the other night. We got two main dishes and the gobi paratha, which was a little too salty for me, but well-made and satisfying. (Actually, everything was a little too salty for me, but take that with... well, a grain of salt. I'm not big on salty.)

    One main dish was lamb biryani. I was skeptical when the rice was bright yellow and had big vegetable chunks in it. It turned out to be non-traditional (at least, very different from what my Bengali mom makes), but delicious, with tender chunks of lamb, cashews, and raisins, and I liked having the extra veggies in there. I suspect they make a big vat of the rice with veggies and add in whatever extras you want, because there were several different options (chicken, shrimp, and vegetable) and a combination option. It was really more like the fried rice you'd get at a Chinese restaurant than what I think of as biryani.

    We also had halyari kofta. I'm familiar with malai kofta (veggie ball bound with potato or some other starch, in a creamy sauce), but haven't seen this before. It was similar but made with broccoli and spinach.

    Aside from the saltiness issue, I liked everything and will go back to try different items (and will probably get the biryani again). I'm very excited that we have an Indian restaurant back in Watertown!

    Here's the website, which is currently un-Googleable: www.lazzizwatertown.com

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      Lucymax RE: Pia Sep 13, 2010 11:02 AM

      Went there just before Labor Day. I thought it was really, really good. We had vegetable samosas and pappadum (sp?), and then I got the chicken biryani. Really liked it, and am now telling everyone to go here. The atmosphere is nice - it's a small place but not a hole in the wall. It's right in Watertown Square, and so you can park in the lot in back. Very nice service, too.

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        StriperGuy RE: Lucymax Sep 13, 2010 12:09 PM

        I ate there about 6 month ago and the food was only so so. The decor was nice. Perhaps worth another whirl.

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          Pia RE: StriperGuy Sep 13, 2010 01:21 PM

          I've been back twice since my original review, and I agree -- most of the items I've had range from not-bad to pretty-good. I wouldn't avoid it, but I don't think I'll be back again unless I absolutely need Indian in the immediate area.

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        Spenbald RE: Pia Sep 13, 2010 07:28 PM

        Count me in the bunch that ate here when it first opened. Initially, the prices were too high, portions tiny, and food not bad but not memorable either. They seem to have seen the error in their ways. Prices for dinner entrees are at least $2 less, an order of samosa contains 2 (initially just 1), and the food was quite tasty when we visited a few weeks back. Not destination Indian dining, for sure, but it fills a serious void in the Watertown dining scene. Now, if only it could be as delicious as Kashish in Belmont.

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          StriperGuy RE: Spenbald Sep 14, 2010 06:17 AM

          Tell me what you like at Kashish... I have not been wowed their either.

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            tdaaa RE: StriperGuy Sep 14, 2010 09:32 AM

            I'm currently stuck on the lamb rogan josh, extra spicy. My son likes paneer pakora and shahi paneer. I also like the Lamb masala dosa, which I had not seen at other restaurants.

            It is certainly not great, but it is consistently good, the people are nice and it beats having another bank in the center.

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              Spenbald RE: StriperGuy Sep 14, 2010 07:16 PM

              I haven't been particularly enraptured by anything at Kashish, but thought it was pretty good, and I'm willing to travel that much further to Belmont than to jump right down to Watertown Square for an Indian fix. I'm pretty consistently happy with the Keema Palak. Pretty sure I had a disappointing biryani, however.

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