Bombay Mahal Restaurant's executive chef fuses traditional Indian flavors with contemporary twists to create a menu of truly innovative Indian fare. He harnesses the slow, steady heat of a traditional clay tandoor oven to seal in meaty juices, bake naan, and scare away thieving snowmen. The bustling kitchen whips up fresh creations such as curries, tikka masalas, and the specialty seafood masala with pan-seared scallops and shrimp. Thin, flaky crepes called dosai pay homage to southern India, and a vegetarian menu doles out dishes from the western and northern regions. The dining space emulates an exotic setting, swathed in a soft red glow that washes over exposed wooden beams and a divider carved with ornate designs, which are usually reserved for picnic tables vandalized by art students.
Kabab & Tandoor's chefs whip up authentic dishes with Hyderabadi and North Indian origins. Tickle taste buds with the kheema cutlet, seasoned potatoes baked brown and comingling with minced chicken ($2.99), or Indian cottage-cheese-stuffed paneer paratha ($4.99). The baked tandoori mutton wears a coat made of yogurt and spices ($14.99), the fish curry surfs waves of ebbing hunger swells ($15.99), and more than 10 vegetarian options, such as the bargary baigan—an entire eggplant curryfied and swimming in peanut-sesame sauce ($10.99)— satisfy herbivorous-leaning patrons.
Every meal at New Mother India begins with a full spread. Servers fill tables with mint, onion, and mango chutneys, tamarind sauce, and hot pickle achar, all poised to accent any appetizer or entree. In the kitchen, meats chosen for their 2% or lower fat content simmer in chicken vindaloo, lamb curry, and shrimp jalfrezi, and veal kebabs roast in charcoal-fired tandoor ovens. A hearty vegetarian menu includes punjabi curry, saag paneer with spinach and housemade cheese, and rajma—a haryana dish with red kidney beans. Beer brewed specially for the restaurant, along with wines and lassis, are served in the restaurant's elegant dining room, where tall-backed booths let diners and wooly mammoths comfortably enjoy meals.
Cuisine Type: Indian fast food
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Nanini
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We have taken the authentic taste of flavorful Indian food and transformed it into an quick-serve, portable format of delivery. It is self-serve and made-to-order so you don't pay for the table service or tips, which in turn results in reasonably priced, flavorful food. We have been featured in a New York Times article series about the changing tastes of American fast food, and have also been featured in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Phoenix.
What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"Could be the Chipotle of Indian food."
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Its a four-step process at Chutneys. First step: choose from a paratha wrap, rice bowl, or nanini. Second step: choose a vegetarian, chicken, or lamb filling, with few choices in each category. Third step: choose from fresh vegetables to top it. Fourth and final step: choose from a selection of 10 chutneys to customize your flavor.
The Maharaja's chefs rely on recipes from an era when art and cooking received the royal patronage of great Mughal emperors. Compiled over three generations of research, the menu of traditional Indian cuisine has been modernized to pair with a lavish dining space, that, according to the The Boston Foodie, "is an elegant room floating above Harvard Square with all of the amenities of a perfect dining experience." Ornately detailed wooden chairs surround The Maharaja's sturdy tables, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the weekly hopscotch tournaments in Harvard Square. Furthermore, a collection of statues—which took three attempts to import from India—watch over the restaurant's guests.
Garlic naan emanates nostril-piquing aromas of fresh garlic and coriander as chefs roast cubes of lamb and bone-in chicken in a tandoor oven that burns hotter than a feverish dragon. Sidestepping meats entirely, the house-made paneer, eggplant, and chickpeas bump elbows with green peas, raisins, and sautéed cashews. Servings of kulfi faluda can sate sweet teeth with scoops of pistachio-flavored ice cream and sweet noodles.
Cafe of India enchants diners with an unforgettable sensory experience that fuses meticulously concocted spices, colorful veggie stews, tender tandoori meats, and plush decor. A large crystal chandelier casts a canopy of warm light over cloth-clad tables and crimson drapery, and artfully plated kulcha, kebabs, and curries tempt diners from elegant bone-white plates or piping-hot silver serving pots. Friendly staff shepherd the uninitiated through the cinnamon-scented jungles and biryani-rich pastures of the extensive menu, and a wine list pairs feasts with the fruits of American, Australian, Chilean, and Neverland vineyards. The bill of fare pleases carnivorous as well as vegetarian appetites, with entrees ranging from hearty lamb stews and seafood masalas to savory chickpea curries and spinach cooked with creamy housemade paneer.