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A fine dining experience

DineInStyle Sep 24, 2011 07:00 PM

Seema's opened just a little over a year ago and has already achieved #12 in Boston's Top 50. That alone speaks volumes about the quality of dining experience this charming place provides.

The restaurant has a friendly ambiance, is cost effective, offers plenty of free parking, is BYOB and vegan friendly, and caters to a wide range of palates while providing a cultural experience anyone looking for something different would appreciate.

The owner is also the chef and takes great pains in explaining the finer points of Pakistani cuisine essentials (influenced largely by Middle Eastern and Persian cuisines) to her customers, while recommending foods from her menu that truly complement the whole experience with tantalizing Sufi music playing in the background. The spices are subtle and not overwhelming, the meat (chicken, lamb, goat, beef) is tender and juicy, the lentils flavorful in their simplicity, the vegetable entrees delightfully healthy, and all foods go well with a wide variety of rice pilau/biryani made of aromatic Basmati rice and garlic naan fresh from the oven. I enjoy Chicken Bihari kebab (grilled, boneless) with garlic naan and yogurt-mint chutney, then savor home-made coconut ice cream and end with herbal mint tea...and of course, I can have Seema's vegetable samosas any time of the day!

I am now a regular customer, and have recommended the restaurant to my British, American, Indian and Pakistani friends and have yet to find one person who did not appreciate the favor! However, I think, even though one may not love everything there (as with other restaurants), but everyone will surely find something that would keep bringing them back.

TIP: Try Seema's lunch buffet first to get a feel of the place and sample a variety of dishes including meat, vegetable, lentils, rice, naan, salad, and dessert -- Tuesday to Saturday. Also check out the website for promotions. She has some really good deals for dinner that come in handy when taking guests!

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    czarp Sep 26, 2011 06:04 PM

    Thanks for the review -- it is apparent that you are quite knowledgable about the restaurant. You've told us what dishes you like. I am wondering if you can tell us which dishes to avoid -- that is, which ones are not as successfully executed.

    Every restaurant has its hits and misses. If you could tell us what you think are the misses, that would be very helpful information.

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      DineInStyle Sep 26, 2011 04:07 PM

      Thanks, Chris VR, for posting the link I missed.

      More information:

      An article about Seema's Restaurant from Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/ae/food/restaurants/articles/2010/07/28/samosas_and_more_at_seemas_in_norwood/

      Boston Magazine's list of top 50 restaurants changes periodically. Seema's was in a previous list - the owner could probably refer one to it, if asked. The latest list: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...

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      1. re: DineInStyle
        FastTalkingHighTrousers Sep 27, 2011 06:25 AM

        There is no way that Seema's was ever on this list. I call BS.

        1. re: DineInStyle
          Allstonian Sep 27, 2011 07:33 AM

          Ahhh - all is made clearer. You meant Boston *Magazine's* top 50 restaurants. That explains a lot.

          1. re: Allstonian
            threedogs Sep 27, 2011 07:38 AM

            :D Too funny...

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          Blumie Sep 26, 2011 06:52 AM

          Who's "Boston Top 50" are we talking about in any event? And how much does one need to pay to be in it?

          1. CocoDan Sep 26, 2011 06:34 AM

            Never heard of it!

            1. Allstonian Sep 25, 2011 05:59 AM

              "#12 in Boston's top 50" where? This restaurant isn't even IN Boston.

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              1. re: Locutus
                hotoynoodle Sep 25, 2011 12:13 PM

                where on earth is it?

                another post, similar in style, about an "iranian" restaurant in easton. liked it except for the lack of a buffet? lol.

                1. re: hotoynoodle
                  Chris VR Sep 25, 2011 01:15 PM

                  http://seemasrestaurant.com/ says it's in Norwood. People seem to love it on Yelp.

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