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Feb 9, 2014 05:26 PM

Best take out Indian in Cambridge area

My wife and I have a longstanding tradition of having Indian take out for v-day. Back in grad school we' always do Tanjore but after moving back from 5 years and awesome Indian in the greater dc area Tanjore just isn't cutting it these days. Have tried kebab factory and harvest of India but they were just ok. Am thinking of trying Punjab dhabi. All we get is chicken tikka masala and saag paneer. Any other thoughts? Ideally within a 15 minute drive of harvard square. Those familiar with DC our favorite was Tiffin in Langley Parkand we'd drive 20 minutes to get it so something with similar flavors would be great

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  1. Punjab on Mass Ave in Arlington would be close enough. I wouldn't consider myself an expert on Indian food, but I have always had good food there. I'm a Korma guy and theirs is one of my favorites.

    1. Masala in Teele Sq (Somerville) is really good, havent had their tikka masala so I cant say about that but its my favorite in the area. I like their Rojan Josh.

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      1. re: hoolese

        We like Masala - also Guru the Caterer and Curry-n-Dosa - they all taste fresher to me than the others, which all taste the same and rely heavily on ghee ( to me anyway - I am no ghee expert)

        1. re: hoolese

          I like Masala, too. Their chicken tikka masala and saag paneer is pretty good. Also they have some delicious Nepali food and make a very good Masala dosa.

        2. My roommate and I have developed a habit of getting takeout from Shan-A-Punjab in Brookline...I haven't had the tikka masala, but everything's been very good.

          It's on Harvard Ave just beyond Comm Ave, so not that far from Harvard Sq

            1. re: Luther

              I second Darbar.

              Great chicken tikka masala plus some interesting Pakistani staples if you wish to branch out (try the haleem - a hearty, winter-y stew of beef, lentils, wheat that's been cooked for hours until it's a spicy paste. tastes better the next day, as the flavors meld together).

              plus they're funny and nice. i've had 3 birthday parties there (including my own) and they're wonderful.

            2. Punjabi Dhaba is far and away the best I've found. If you feel like breaking away from your chicken tikka masala and saag paneer usuals (though both are great there), I can strongly recommend the dal Punjabi, the dhaba jerk chicken (spicy-hot), and the malai kofta lajawab. They also do beautiful naan.