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Apr 23, 2013 04:50 AM

ISO Excellent Non-Vegetarian Indian Within 25 miles of Boston

I live in Metrowest and am willing to drive at least 25 miles for really good Indian food. I'm also perfectly happy to go into Boston or Cambridge. Location isn't as important as the quality of the food. I'd like a restaurant that's not vegetarian. A place that serves dosas would be huge plus.

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  1. Always liked Punjab in Arlington, and Kashish over in Belmont does a good job. Shanti on Dot Ave got best of Boston for 2012, but never tried it..

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    1. re: grant.cook

      Can't speak for the Shanti in Dot, but the location in Roslindale is very good....absolutely love it

    2. Biryani Park in Malden comes highly recommended and serves dosas I have heard numerous people describe as the best they've ever had.

      A bit further afield in Burlington is Ritu Ki Rasoi -- also excellent.

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      1. re: FinnFPM

        Ritu Ki Rasio is a vegetarian place, fyi..

        1. re: FinnFPM

          I've heard good things about Ritu Ki Rasoi but it's vegetarian and my DC likes to have a chicken or lamb option.

          1. re: Velda Mae

            Huh. We basically always do Indian vegetarian, so I had never even noticed. My bad.

          2. re: FinnFPM

            2nd Biryani Park, plenty of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes.

            1. re: treb

              Biryani Park is now take out only (just called and tried to make reservations...)

              1. re: truthandsoul

                Wait, I'm confused. I thought Biryani Park was closed. They're open for take out now?

                1. re: chefematician

                  I called to make reservations.

                  Was told that they would only do takeout unless I had at least 10 people...


          3. Ditto on great flavors at Punjab, but not sure it's a destination (a nice local option - we choose it most of the time for Indian in spite of the issues that follow - takeaway mitigates the service concerns) - the dosas are not as good as much of the other food there - the breads are fresh and delicious - the service can be inattentive with very limited energy and enthusiasm on most visits ("we don't really care that you are here, but since you are, we will eventually take your order and bring you some tasty food") - as you might anticipate, the cocktails are large, lukewarm, often unbalanced fruity / sweet disappointments

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            1. re: rlh

              I've been to Punjab several times and each time, at least one of the items I ordered didn't make it to the table. Have you had this experience with takeaway? I liked the food at Punjab but the poor service and noise level has kept me from going back.

              1. re: Velda Mae

                Takeaway has always been timely and issue-free -nothing forgotten so far (nor during seated table service) - it's really thevibe of the waitstaff that gets to me - they seem to congregate on the periphery, backs turned to the room, and spending a lot of time chatting with each other, even when there are tables awaiting their help. It is also really noisy when full, and not in an energetic, buzzing kind of way that's appealing.

            2. Not sure where you are in Metrowest, but I think we have better Indian food in the suburbs than downtown Boston. In particular, there are many in Shrewsbury which has a fairly large Indian population.

              Not quite so far west, Minerva in Natick is very good. I like Khatta Mitta in Westborough. Mayuri, also in Westborough, is decent and makes dosas. I can't say if they are good, as I've only ever had them once. But I liked them.

              1. I am a fan of the Pakistani, meat oriented DARBAR

                130 North Beacon Street, 02135-2020 Brighton, 617-779-8800,

                In addition to chicken and beef they often have goat and lamb. Some of their dishes are almost as good as some of my favorites restos in London.

                Advantages, quiet, not crowded, parking is available in the area. Inexpensive.

                Disadvantages; no liquor license. It is a halal Muslim-oriented restaurant. The dining room can be cold. The service is inconsistent.