Best of Boston

2014 Best Indian Restaurant

Punjabi Dhaba

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. Standbys like samosas and chicken tikka masala are beautifully executed, but to mix things up, you’ll want to order owner Mohan Singh’s western Indian dhaba jerk chicken, spicy chili masala with paneer, and brilliant gobi paratha, a freshly baked flatbread stuffed with cauliflower and spices.

225 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-547-8272,