Best of Boston

BEST Indian Restaurant

2013 BEST Indian Restaurant
Punjabi Dhaba

Punjabi Dhaba

Cambridge

Essentially a kitchen with a few tables and counters (there’s also a small upstairs dining area), this Inman Square standby puts the emphasis on cooking rather than ambiance—appropriate given that in India, a dhaba is a roadside joint. The Indian… read more»

2012 BEST Indian Restaurant

Shanti

Dorchester

At this nondescript Dot. Ave. storefront, the samosas and crispy mixed-vegetable pakoras are deep-fried pockets of pillowy goodness. And while we love getting takeout (the creamy shrimp saag travels exceptionally well), hunkering down in the tiny dining room also offers… read more»

2011 BEST Indian Restaurant

Kashmir

Boston

It’s not exactly off the beaten path, but don’t hold that against this Newbury Street establishment. The menu packs in polished regional specialties like lentil-based dal makhani, as well as favorites like the ubiquitous butter chicken. The only downside to… read more»

2009 BEST Indian Restaurant

Tamarind Bay

Cambridge

There’s plenty of tasty Indian food around town—witness the lines of hungry grad students at Cambridge’s Punjabi Dhaba, for one. But Harvard Square’s Tamarind Bay Bistro (along with its newer sibling, the seafood-oriented Coastal Indian Kitchen in Brookline) is in… read more»

2008 BEST Indian Restaurant

Tamarind Bay

Brookline

Eschewing the batch-cooking method used by similar eateries, the Harvard Square hideaway has earned its stripes with made-to-order freshness. Vegetables that might be bland in the hands of lesser chefs come alive in such recipes as shaahi baigan, or cashew-filled… read more»

2006 BEST Indian Restaurant

Punjabi Dhaba

Cambridge

The garlic naan and chicken tikka masala might be enough to tempt us if we couldn’t get those standards at every other Indian joint. The draw at Punjabi Dhaba? Efficient service, ridiculously low prices, and a variety of authentic far—crispy… read more»

2005 BEST Indian Restaurant

Tamarind Bay

Cambridge

In a city boasting dozens of quality Indian restaurants, Tamarind Bay stands apart. Here, there’s no heaviness to the rich curries and grilled meats. Instead, the flavors are delicate and light. (Make sure to try the dal tadka, a luscious… read more»

2003 BEST Indian Restaurant

Tanjore

Cambridge

It’s a good thing they make such a sweet mango lassi read more»

2002 BEST Indian Restaurant

Rangoli

Allston

This dimly lit, family-run eatery is a winning culinary combination for discriminating taste buds. The diverse and imaginative menu goes well beyond your typical curry-and-rice staples. Mouthwatering dishes range from top-notch tandoori specials, such as salmon tikka, to fiery curries… read more»

2001 BEST Indian Restaurant

Diva Indian Bistro

Somerville

The owners of Kashmir and Café of India have hit the jackpot with their newest entry into the Indian dining scene. The setting is modern and stylish, the service exceedingly attentive, and the menu diverse. One entrée provides a sampling… read more»