As constant critic of Indian restaurants in Boston (and there really aren’t any in the area that are out of the ordinary – though The Kebab Factory in Somerville and Mela and Mantra in downtown Boston are decent, if pricey), I was fairly surprised to sample the fare at the revamped India Pavilion in Central Square.
While the cooking’s no different from the million others, I was pleased to see the menu expanded to include lobster (that’s the lobster masala dish pictured below) and hybrid dishes like Indian jerk chicken (REALLY hot!).
Like other Indian restaurants that mainly serve North Indian and Americanized Indian dishes, it serves up Punjabi delicacies like bhindi bhuna masala (okra cooked with sautéed onions and potatoes) and baingan bhartha (roasted and mashed eggplant with tomatoes, onions bell peppers and peas).
From its original tiny space, the area’s first Indian restaurant has steadily expanded and is now six stores-wide with a continuous basement. It has doubled the size of its kitchen and boasts two new gas tandoors to help the Singh family bring it’s Royal Bharat Catering business under the same roof.
The expansion also comes with a full liquor license and a small stage for live music and entertainment. Read my full review online at Wicked Local Cambridge.
17 Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139.
Weekdays 12 pm-3 pm, 5p m-11 pm
Weekends 12 pm-11 pm