Ornate lanterns bask the dining room of India Palace Restaurant in a warm glow, illuminating the classical Indian portraits and dark wood pillars surrounding the tables. Among these authentic confines—India Palace's second location, after spending 22 years at the original locale—the friendly staff helps guests choose the right dishes from a vibrant menu of fine Indian cuisine. Manning a clay oven fired by charcoal, visible to diners, chefs bake fresh bread, ground-lamb seekh kebabs, salmon tikka, and marinated tandoori chicken. A selection of 18 vegetarian specialties sates the hunger of plant hunters, whereas a variety of curries gives all diners the ability to roar cartoon flames. Indulgent beverages, such as an Indian chai latte or a mango milk shake, can be paired with any dish to sweeten palates.
Feng Shui embraces the culinary traditions of both China and Japan while updating its menu seasonally, garnering praise from the Boston Business Journal and New England Cable News for its extensive selection. Stir-fried orders of chicken, beef, and seafood arrive laden with ginger or signature sauces, and sushi chefs roll maki with traditional tuna and salmon or such innovative combinations as strawberry and wasabi aioli. Other menu items includes creamy crispy deep-fried jumbo shrimp with coconut sauce and spicy orders of Mala chicken, as well as signature sushi rolls like red sox maki and tempura lobster.
Latin and American cultures collide at Tango Grill Cafe. Each cuisine's comfort foods receive their share of space on the seasonally rotating menu, although the Mexican, Caribbean, and South American influences tend to appear most predominantly. Flaky empanadas can emerge from the kitchen along with adobo-rubbed sirloin steak or pan-seared crab cakes with lemon aioli. However, the chefs also forge eclectically inspired dishes such as philly spring rolls with shaved beef, peppers, and cheese, and irish eggs benedict with corned-beef hash.
Although gentle Latin music serenades guests most evenings, karaoke aficionados stop by on Tuesday nights for a chance to sing their favorite song or give a lecture on the proper way to fold a fitted sheet.
Aromatic spices blend with hearty meats and veggies on Madras Grill's extensive menu, which is filled with traditional Indian cuisine. A house blend of coriander, red chilies, cumin, and turmeric joins chicken for a dip in a pool of light onion-and-tomato sauce in the Madras chicken curry, which is finished with a refreshing splash of coconut milk ($13.95). Artisan Indian breads ($2.50–$8.95) soak up runaway sauces and bake in a range of styles, from unleavened and deep-fried to stuffed or invisible. The smoked-eggplant punjab specialty, baigan bharta ($12.95), sates vegetarians, while a meat-filled trio of chicken tikkas, lamb kebabs, and shrimp cooked in a tandoor oven pairs with protein seekers in the Madras mixed grill ($17.95). Warm yellow tones surround wooden tables and chairs cushioned with burnt-orange cushioned seats. Decorative lighting illuminates entrees, and a wall-mounted wooden wheel stares unblinkingly at a large TV flickering behind the sleek bar.
The professional caterers at Bentley's Famous BBQ Pig Roast & Lobstah Bakes travel throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, leaving the aromas of wood-smoked and steamed lobsters in their wake. They swoop in on events with steamers, table settings, and shuck buckets in hand?and while they usually prepare everything in advance, they also prepare entire spreads on-site. Such is the case with eight-hour whole pig roasts, where all the action revolves around an American-made smoker fittingly dubbed "The Green Monstah." Throughout the day, a traditional brined or Mojo Mojo-style whole pig?roasted in garlic, onions, and citrus?is slow-smoked and then carved fresh and paired with classic Southern sides. The smoker also churns out Bentley's signature barbecue, using applewood and hickory to smoke dry-rubbed beef, pork, and poultry. Alternatively, seafood is the focus of the lobster and clam bakes, which include spreads of steamed hard or soft-shell Maine lobsters and ale-steamed Ipswich clams alongside marinated meats.
The aromatic scent of authentic Italian cuisine sails through Rufina's dimly lit restaurant, wafting past elegant archways and a TV-framed bar before landing on white-clothed tables. Each made-to-order meal—including 15 types of appetizers, traditional Italian dishes, and house specialties—is handcrafted by chefs who aim to please guests with savory Italian dishes that can meet special dietary restrictions and appease little picky eaters (a full kids’ menu is available). Diners can also enjoy a variety of wines and desserts served amid Rufina's several dining rooms, all of which can be transformed into a private party venue for up to 55 guests or 5 triceratops.