17 Central Sq, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.365350 -71.104868
Monday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Try Cambridge?s First Indian Restaurant. – This Central Square landmark - opened in 1979 - was Cambridge?s first Indian restaurant. Though fancier options have opened over the years, India Pavilion?s modestly decorated dining room remains a local favorite for its great food, large portions and bargain prices. Shoppers and workers lured inside by the eatery?s wonderful aromas rafting into the street are never disappointed. Start with the delicious mixed-vegetable appetizer which includes two vegetable pakoras; aloo vada (spiced potato); a samosa; two cheese pakoras; and crisp, peppery papadams. Or, if you?re really hungry, skip the appetizer and order one of the $26.95 ?Meat Lovers? house dinners for 2. It starts of with two bowls of delightful soup (sweet coconut, spicy lentil, or chunky chicken) and hot out-of-the-oven chapati bread or nan. Then comes a feast of minced lamb reshmi kebabs; half a tandoori chicken; shrimp malai cooked in tomato sauce with coconut; and smoky eggplant Baingan Bhartha. On the side are papadams, onion chutney, fragrant basmati rice and coffee or tea. It also comes with two desserts, like the Indian pistachio and saffron flavored ice cream, or homemade rice pudding. There is also a $23.95 ?Veggie Lovers? house dinner for 2 option. In addition, they have a hugely popular $7.95 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. If you want to experience the restaurant that started Cambridge?s rich tradition in Indian cuisine - and leave full and happy without breaking the bank - India Pavilion is the perfect place.
Not great – Service was fine however the food was really disgusting. Felt sick the rest of the night. The sauces were all the same, the food came so fast which you would usually say was good but it was just that bit fast it made you think it was maybe sitting in the kitchen somewhere and just quickly heated up. The murgh chicken was particularly gross, tasting really gamey, but the saag beef was also pretty disgusting. The food was also not very hot. We were really keen to eat there after the good reviews but, really, I think there's got to be better Indian in Cambridge.
Amicable staff and the food was delicious & ample – My starters & drinks came promptly and texture & flavor were exeptional...
Service was polite and patient...
and my guests were pleased with the decor, and the evening in all.
My absolute fave for indian food... (I've been coming for 3 years.. once a month or so for dinner
and about thrice a month for buffet lunch.)
I recommend India Pavilion highly... enjoy!
good, consistent Indian food – Great Indian food except that I have to remember to ask for it "spicy" because it's usually too mild right off the menu. I don't agree with the other posters that it's really cheap for Indian food -- Punjabi Dhaba is cheap. However, the quality is much better. You get what you pay for. The buffet, on the other hand, is very inexpensive, but I prefer ordering off the menu because they sort of water down the buffet dishes.
Variable Experience – Visited the Indian Pavillion after reading other reviews. Although I have only been there once but the food is not as good or near the genuine article as that served by others such as Punjabi Dhaba. The shish kebab starter I ordered was fried not grilled. In all the time that I have eaten curries around the world its the only time I have ever been served a fried shish kebab (and that too in old oil). Needless to say it put me off the rest of my meal. To be fair to the restaurant the manager was good enough not to charge me for the kebab when I complained and I hope that my experience was a one-off.
Excellent Indian restaurant! – This restaurant is excellent and the food is very high-quality. It's a very classy place. I feel that the main review for it was written quite a while ago and is no longer current. The place is not "minimally decorated" and the food is not basic, cheap Indian food (perhaps they are thinking of Punjabi Dhaba?). The food is high-quality and decorations and atmosphere are among the best of the Indian restaurants in Cambridge.
The service is excellent as well. I have nothing but good things to say about the India Pavilion and go there frequently.
Delicious Indian food at a great price – This restaurant serves wonderful Indian food in a casual, relaxing atmosphere. The food is very reasonably priced, as are the bottles and glasses of wine. Watch out for the spicy food, though. The complete dinners are a great bargain - it's really too much food for one meal. Try parking behind the Harvest Market. I will definitely return here - my favorite indian food in the Boston area.
Sensible students and loyal locals flock to Cambridge's oldest Indian restaurant for bargain curries and a dirt-cheap lunch buffet. – While there are flashier, more modern options within walking distance, Cambridge's first Indian restaurant continues to enjoy strong crowds, thanks to its daily lunch buffet (excellent execution of the classics) and bargain dinner specials. An upbeat Indian soundtrack adds a hint of authenticity. Solo diners sit near the front windows to observe Central Square's steady stream of foot traffic. After starting with an order of vegetable pakoras or crisp, peppery papadams, most diners move on to generous dishes of creamy chicken korma or lethal lamb vindaloo. Cooling Kheer (rice pudding flavored with cardamom) or creamy Kulfi (Indian ice cream with nuts and saffron) make satisfying finishes.
Photo by Christine Liu
Excellent food, reasonably priced. – Upon entering this well-tucked away gem of Central Square, you are seated promptly. I have gone twice, and have not had to wait to get a table. The music, and atmosphore is very relaxed and casual. Waiters, eager to help you get the most out of your Indian food, explain what everything is, and what it is used for. They are very eager to fill up your water, which comes in handy. The menu has a huge selection, and the meals come in two portions "a la carte" and "complete dinner". The complete dinner is a great value, with an average price of 11.95. You get a choice of soup, main course, dessert, and tea. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for exellent, and cheap Indian food.. The a la carte just comes with the main course, and costs an average of 9.95.
Great new look – I've been a frequent diner of the Indian restaurants around cambridge- and India Pavilion keeps out doing the rest. They just added a new dining room to the restaurant and it holds true to it's given name- the royal garden- the artwork leaves you in awe as u enjoy the delicious food- you have to see it & eat there to believe it!
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