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May 3, 2012 08:45 AM

Best Indian Takeout or Delivery near Harvard / Porter

I've searched the board but am coming up with Diva and Namaskar -- both of which seem to have closed? I'd love to find great takeout or delivery for basics like tikka masala, aloo naan, pakora. Thank you!

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  1. tamardin bay has good food, and i get take out regularly and eat outside of Au Bon Pain.

    1. India Palace, in Union Square. Not going to win any awards for creativity, but good, cheap, and very consistent.

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      1. re: antimony

        I second this. India Palace is solid and has never let us down.

      2. I second Tamarind Bay. They deliver as well (look at their website). They have the only Indisn food in the Harvard-Porter area that's worth having.

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        1. re: FoodDabbler

          Kebab Factory is in Somerville, but delivers to Cambridge and Somerville.

        2. Kebab and Tandoor and Guru the Caterer probably both deliver to those locals and have pretty decent chow.

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          1. re: StriperGuy

            Note that Guru closes at 7:30 p.m. I don't think it delivers except in a catering context, though.

            1. re: chickendhansak

              I don't get the Guru love. It's been OK on two visits but nothing special. I prefer Masala and Kebeb factory in the area. Wish we has some of the Lowell/Chelmford places nearby.

              1. re: gourmaniac

                I more or less agree about Guru, but it is still one of the better places in the immedate area mentioned and can be a bit different in terms of what is served. It isn't much of an option for me in the evenings because I don't typically eat that early.

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  I like Guru pretty well, but I check the menu before going, since their stuff is pretty hit or miss. In general the vegetarian dishes are good and the chicken dishes are awful (mostly because they use white meat chicken, which turns into little cubes of sawdust). I haven't had the goat curry yet. Their vegetable pakora are fantastic. Best I've had in Boston so far.

                  1. re: maillard

                    We loved both chicken dishes we ordered -- the white meat hadn't turned to sawdust by any stretch. Better and more moist in the chicken mushroom curry.
                    We should have ordered the pakora for the baby instead of the biryani (which he loved until hitting a particularly spicy bite) -- will do next time.

                    1. re: ebaba

                      Hm, yeah, I do remember the chicken mushroom curry being better than other chicken dishes I've had (sadly, the vindaloo was the worst by far). I just generally prefer dark meat chicken in indian dishes. Especially since I always have leftovers and things just get more dried out upon reheating.

                      Definitely try out the pakora! So tasty...

                      1. re: maillard

                        Vindaloo is always the worst by far in any Boston area restaurant, since what they pass off as vindaloo is a corruption of the noble original.

                        1. re: FoodDabbler

                          Just because the uk/us bastardization isn't remotely like the real thing (e.g potatoes) doesn't mean that it is necessarily bad

                          1. re: jgg13

                            I definitely can enjoy a good corrupt vindaloo (my favorite is from India Gourmet), but this just didn't taste good. No idea as to its authenticity (though there were potatoes).

                2. re: chickendhansak

                  According to the website, Guru closes at 8 PM, not 7:30. Maybe a new change?


              2. Masala in Teele Square and Kebab Factory (Kirkland St. / Washington St./Beacon) are both decent. Both are on Foodler if you use that.