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BEST Indian Restaurant

2016 BEST Indian Restaurant

Punjabi Dhaba

Cambridge

On our first visit, a pair of regulars told us, completely unprompted, that we’d love this place. Why? Is it Mohan Singh’s meltingly tender, bone-in goat masala, accompanied by hubcap-size naan? The sitar-heavy soundtrack? Or the adrenaline-fueled open kitchen, where… read more»

2015 BEST Indian Restaurant

Himalayan Bistro

West Roxbury

West Roxbury isn’t known as a culinary haven, but Himalayan Bistro transports diners from the suburban western edge of Boston to the eastern reaches of India and Nepal. Enveloped in the warm scents of coriander, turmeric, and curry wafting from… read more»

2014 BEST Indian Restaurant

Punjabi Dhaba

Cambridge

Despite its no-frills dining room, this Inman Square spot still has an electric vibe, thanks to Punjabi music videos playing on the TVs and an open kitchen from which you can watch bubbling-hot stews and curries emerge on metal trays…. 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»

2007 BEST Indian Restaurant

India Samraat

Boston

While lachha paratha, kadahi paneer, and the other spice-redolent dishes at this 17-year-old Back Bay outpost may be a challenge to pronounce, none are a struggle to polish off. Saffron basmati rice and steaming onion naan accompany curried meat and… 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»