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Boston’s Best Indian Restaurants

March 1, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from: India Quality)

Indian cuisine is richly flavored food that is both vegetarian and omnivore friendly. It is one of the most popular global cuisines, which is part of the reason why there are dozens of Indian restaurants in Boston. There are fine dining establishments, small cafes and family restaurants that serve Indian food exclusively. Whether a diner is looking for butter chicken, Nan bread, samosa, curry or even a spicy dessert, these restaurants offer it all.
(Photo from: India Quality)

(Photo from: India Quality)

India Quality
484 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 267-4499

India Quality is focused on North Indian cuisine. This includes samosas, soups, mango chutney, butter chicken, curries and much more. The dinner menu’s selection of authentic breads is vast. It also includes everything from seafood to goat for meat eaters. Of course, the vegetarian selection is plentiful on both the lunch and dinner menus. What’s more, the restaurant does catering for events. Serve some of the best Indian cuisine in Boston at a meeting, wedding or family reunion.

(Photo credit: Bukhara Indian Bistro)

(Photo credit: Bukhara Indian Bistro)

Bukhara Indian Bistro
701 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-2195

Bukhara’s menu includes samosas, salads, pakoras, biryani, curries, plenty of tandoori items and breads. The best part about this restaurant is that it delivers locally, so offices and residents in the area can order in a wide variety of Indian dishes. Even better, it is easy to order right online, so customers can avoid having to read off menu items that are sometimes arguably difficult to pronounce. The restaurant itself has a clean and comfortable atmosphere and the dishes are plated with visual appeal in mind.

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(Photo credit: Shanti)

(Photo credit: Shanti)

1111 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 929-3900

Shanti is not dedicated to one region of Indian cuisine; instead, it calls itself “A Unique Blend of Cuisines.” This restaurant does catering and online ordering, so arranging to have Indian food at even a big event is simple. From mulligatawny soup to kulfi in a variety of flavors, there is a lot to choose on the Shanti menu. However, the focus is not only on the range of menu items. Everything at Shanti is meant to be fresh and appealing to the eye. The tables are set beautifully and the plating does the food justice.

Indian Samraat
51 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 247-0718

Though a more casual take on Indian dining, Indian Samraat offers as many delicious menu items and easy delivery options as more sophisticated restaurants in Boston. Diners will find traditionally spiced lamb, shrimp, chicken, vegetables, breads, rice, rice pudding and more. Also on the menu are sweetened yogurt drinks known as Lassi. These treats come in mango and rose water. Another great addition to the menu is a condiment tray that allows group diners to choose from selections like mango chutney and raita.

(Photo credit: Passage To India)

(Photo credit: Passage To India)

Passage To India
1900 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617 )497-6113

Another casual Indian restaurant, Passage to India stands out by offering up a crisp, clean atmosphere and staff without all of the fussiness of fancy linens and decor. Tender chicken korma, mulligatawny soup and extra hot chicken vindaloo are just a few of the items offered by the talent-filled kitchen at Passage to India. It offers group specials and breadbaskets for those who want to pick at a number of different flavors instead of committing to one for the meal. There is also a catering menu for events.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at

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