Good appetizers, not so good entrees.
We ordered tomato shorba, corn and cilantro soup, samosa chaat and dahi batata puri - of these we loved everything except the corn and cilantro soup. The corn soup was too creamy and I could not taste any corn in there. The entrees: vegatable and lentils balti, and vegetable jalfrezi were mediocre - it was clear that they had used frozen mixed vegetables. The naans, paratha and tandoori roti were pretty good. The service was not very good even though half of the restaurant was empty, that too on a Friday night. It is neither too pricy nor cheap.
the best chaat i have eaten so far.
I am a HUGE fan of chaat, and hailing from India, especially Bombay ,know good chaat from bad. I highly recommend the dahi bata puri here as well as any other chaat (under appetizers). For the adventurous, this restaurant serves many Indian dishes that you will not find in the average Indian restaurant, for example coastal cuisine. I would recommend the kheema sali. The bhindi aachari is also my favourite. I have been to this restaurant twice and would go again..especially for the chaat!! The only downside..its a little more expensive than i'd like.
Best Indian food in the Back Bay.
The Indian restaurants on Newbury St are overpriced and underspiced, while Bhindi Bazaar stands out as the most flavorful and delicious Indian place in the Back Bay. Their attempts at South Indian food (i.e. dosas) is admerable, and most of the entrees I have ordered there have satisfied. In general, I find most Indian food in Boston lackluster, but I will return to this place for the good food and great atmosphere. Plus, as the City Search review says, they actually have some decent wines.
An impressive journey through the inexhaustible culinary repertoire of the Indian subcontinent.. The Scene Creative lighting, bright and simple colors, a fairly priced menu and a good wine list--these are all signatures of Majmudar family restaurants Tanjore, Rangoli and Bombay Bistro. Word is just getting out about its newest venture at this slacker end of Back Bay, where 20-somethings fill the seats. Servers are friendly but tentative, as if unsure how much to explain the menu.
The Food Bhindi Bazaar's menu is a passage through India with many ports of call. Despite a disappointingly fibrous corn-cilantro soup, most dishes sing with clear flavors and textures. Start with dahi bahalla--lentil balls in yogurt and tamarind--for a punchy appetizer that won't sear your palate. Feast on a complex xacuti, a curry of coconut, tamarind and hot chilies. The shrimp version has a satisfying crunchiness. Or try a warmly spiced Balti stew made in an iron pot--a northwest Indian dish rarely found in Boston.