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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

                  2. India Quality and the Kebab Factory are quite good --- definitely above average. But I'd have to give to the nod to Tamarind Bay for the BEST Indian restaurant in Boston. Still, it's hard to pick a single place, because "Indian" is an extremely diverse cuisine and individual restaurants have their individual strengths. I love the dosas on weekends at the Bombay Club, the tofu chili at Mumbai Chopstix, chicken tikka at India Samraat, Peshwari naan at Bombay Cafe, and the panni poori at Punjabi Dhaba, but I don't think those restaurants are particularly exceptional over all. Depends what you like! Also, I wouldn't overlook some of the Desi Chinese places, the Nepali places, and even the Helmand if you are looking for Indian-like food. In fact, for a very close rendition of Punjab dishes (i.e. roast meats) I would favor the Helmand.

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                    Tamarind Bay
                    75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                    The Kebab Factory
                    414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

                    Punjabi Dhaba
                    225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                    India Quality Restaurant
                    484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                    India Samraat Restaurant
                    51A Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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                    1. re: lipoff

                      Agreed. T.B.'s one of the few indian places that's really blown me away with imaginative dishes and complex but delicate spicing. they're not like the others - i.e. not the same metal cup containing textureless, lingering-heat brown sauce cloaking four 2x2'' cubes of tough overcooked lamb.

                      I think highly of Kebab Factory too, and may consider it a tie with TB. Kebab Factory also owns Singh's Cafe in Wellesley which has been wonderful.

                      The sunday buffet at Kathmandu Spice in Arlington has delicious home-style nepali dishes, as well as some familiar indian things (pakoras, curries and such).

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                      The Kebab Factory
                      414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

                      1. re: Prav

                        Count me amongst the K&T lovers.

                      2. re: lipoff

                        That reminds me, I actually really enjoyed Mela in the South End and I thought it compared rather favorably to Tamarind Bay in terms of atmosphere and the complexity and freshness. The saag I had there was particularly delicious and I'd strongly recommend going there if you're in that area of the city.

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                        Tamarind Bay
                        75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                        1. re: lipoff

                          I'm a big fan of Punjab Palace. I walked by Mumbai Chopstix today, picked up a menu. Any recs beside the tofu chili? Thanks!

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                          Punjab Palace
                          109 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                          1. re: CookieLee

                            re: Mumbai Chopstix - I just went through the yelp reviews, sounds pretty dismal.

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                            Mumbai Chopstix
                            254 Newbury St, Danvers, MA 01923

                        2. count me as a fan of tamarind bay in harvard square; it is my favorite in boston. the weather is perfect for take-out now; you can eat it in the square.

                          1. This thread, although it started in 2008, has some recent posts in it:
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4927...

                            As I say there, I've come around to the view that Tamarind Bay is the best we currently have. It's better even than most places in Manhattan, although Manhattan has good specialized Indian restaurants that we lack. I also continue to have a soft spot for Bengal Cafe, although I have not eaten there in a couple of months.

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                            Tamarind Bay
                            75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                            1. Have to echo Mehak on Sumner St in East Boston. The menu isn't all that extensive, but they have wonderful goat dishes. We have been there quite a few times, and the quality for the price can't be beat.

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                              Mehak
                              329 Sumner St, Boston, MA 02128