Best of Boston

2005 Best Indian Restaurant

Tamarind Bay

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 mix of lentils fried in onion, tomato, and a classic spice blend of green chili, coriander, and cumin.) The dining area is small, but bright yellow walls and golden columns imbue the restaurant with the same vibrancy you’ll find in each dish.

75 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-491-4552,