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Best Indian in Boston?

Hi All

I did a quick search of the boards but I couldn't find anything too recent on the subject of Indian. I'm still learning the cuisine, so I have to ask- what is the BEST Indian restaurant in Boston proper/Brookline area?

Thank you!!!

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    1. re: 9lives

      ugh-why didnt that come up for me? Thanks 9!

      1. re: 9lives

        I will reiterate what I said in that thread, but I will rescind recommendations for Mt. Everest or Pongal.

      2. My favorites are probably India Quality in Kenmore Square, Shanti, which isn't quite in Boston proper, but isn't far away (Savin Hill in Dorchester), and Kebab Factory, which isn't too far away, either (Somerville/Cambridge line).

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        The Kebab Factory
        414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

        India Quality Restaurant
        484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          I especially like that the Shanti will send out a monthly e-mail with a description of their specials. I just wish they would expand their deliver option to North Quincy.

          1. re: Pegmeister

            i do agree with hidden boston: india quality and shanti are my two favorites. Others I like are Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square (I haven't fallen in love with the one in Brookline), Punjab Palace on Brighton Avenue, and Masala Art in Needham.

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            Tamarind Bay
            75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Masala Art
            990 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA 02492

            Punjab Palace
            109 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          2. re: hiddenboston

            Sorry India quality is not even close in my book. I'd give Kebab and Tandoor, Guru the Caterer, or Tamarind Bay (on a good night) the lead over IQ by miles.

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            Tamarind Bay
            75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Guru the Caterer
            1297 Broadway, Somerville, MA

          3. I simply don't get the love for India Quality. It's been very hit or miss for me.

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            India Quality Restaurant
            484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              Pretty much all misses for me. Kind of a nice place but the food isn't particularly subtle or well-prepared.

              1. re: Luther

                C.Hamster, Luther, while it is interesting that you don't like India Quality, it would be more interesting to know which Indian restaurant you do like.

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                India Quality Restaurant
                484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                  1. re: Luther

                    I did see last year's thread: luther, you recommended India Quality, so i wondered what had happened and what you think is now better.

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                    India Quality Restaurant
                    484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                    1. re: teezeetoo

                      Oh, I see. My rec was based on old memories. I returned a couple times since then and realized my enthusiasm was perhaps based on youthful ignorance... or maybe the people in the kitchen used to be better. For that sort of "British restaurant" Northern-inspired food I strongly recommend Punjab Palace over IQ (though it's the same owners, I think).

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                      Punjab Palace
                      109 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                  2. re: teezeetoo

                    Personally, I usually reserve Indian for when I am in NYC, since I dont thnk there is anyplace here that is super good.

                    Since I'm lazy, when I want indian i usually go to Shanti or Bukhara.

                    I also didn't say I didn't like IQ, I just find the "Q" part to be very inconsistent.

              2. I'd suggest India Quality on Comm Ave - right off the Kenmore T Stop - nice atomsphere, huge menu and the food is delicious!

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                India Quality Restaurant
                484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                1. re: robinchick81

                  I like India Quality since living at the apartment right on top of it in 1995 as a student. I've tried a few others on Mass Ave and Central square using the Student Advantage card back then but none were as good. It's one of few restaurants worthy of my effort driving into the city for excellent cheap lunch specials. I work only blocks away from Shanti and still drive to Indian Quality cause there's no comparison in term of service, atmosphere, food, and price value.

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                  India Quality Restaurant
                  484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                2. A new one to add to the list is Mehak in East Boston--only one stop on the blue line outside of Boston proper. Been there several times now, and the food is really outstanding, a mix of Pakistani and typical Indian dishes. Highlights from the last visit were a delicious, melt-in-your mouth haleem, fantastic daal (with black-eyed peas) and biryani, and just plain delicious naan. I'll take photos next time.

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                  Mehak
                  329 Sumner St, Boston, MA 02128

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                  1. re: erwocky

                    I second this. Mehak's dishes are outstanding. They don't ask "how spicy"; you just get it as it is served. I love their aloo gobi and chicken palak.

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                    Mehak
                    329 Sumner St, Boston, MA 02128