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Jan 29, 2014 09:10 AM

Is Kashmir in Salem, N.H., any good?

Yelpers love Kashmir in Salem, N.H., but Chowhounders tend to be more discriminating in their tastes. Has anyone tried Kashmir? Is it any good?

I have to say that I'm a little suspect of all the positive reviews on Yelp because many of the reviewers are from places with zero ethnic diversity (do they know Indian food?) and because the restaurant's menu is the standard North Indian menu (read: uninteresting) you see at nearly every Indian restaurant in this country. They even have beef dishes, which, in my experience, is a telltale sign that an Indian restaurant isn't very authentic.

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    1. Believe the positive Yelp's there, Its that good. I love the food there.

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      1. re: windward

        I went last night. The food was good, but the menu was pretty unimaginative and had lots of not-very-Indian elements (basil naan? beef dishes?!?). I would go back if I were in Salem, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.

      2. They're decent but their sister restaurant in Newburyport (Jewel in the Crown) is far better food and service wise.

        1. It is ok. I thought maybe a bit overrated on Yelp. I wouldn't say it is bad, in fact, it isn't a bad option if you are trying to stay local. That said, there are better places you could drive to. I'd eat there again but I don't go out to eat too often and I don't normally go to the same place twice.

          The building is really dumpy but there were no problems with the food or service.

          1. My years of watching the Boston CH board - tell me that if Kashmir were really excellent , Boston CHs would have found it by now. If you look in the Lowell and Chelmsford threads, you can see what a thorough job they have done w/ CH finds in those places.

            BTW, what about Meena's; is she still in Nashua? Now, Meena is a truly talented Indian chef.

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            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Unfortunately Mena's Kitchen has closed.


              On their web page there is a link which offers an explanation. <<For our future plans, please check here. >> I had a couple of fantastic dinners there and will miss having it as an option in Nashua.

              1. re: Dave B

                yes, that links to a final farewell. like you, i wish them the best.