Bombay Mahal (CLOSED)
458 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453
Moody Street in Waltham is an odd place. It is a mix of furniture shops, questionable video stores, and some of the best restaurants in the Boston area, or for that matter, New England. Indeed, Waltham's Moody Street has been dubbed "Restaurant Row." Upscale dining spots such as Tuscan Grille and Solea Restaurant line the road, and one can see businesspeople and well-dressed couples strolling into these places at night. Amidst the seedy shops and the wildly popular dining places is an unassuming Indian restaurant called Bombay Mahal. It doesn't look like much, but while it may not compete in stature with its fellow restaurants on Moody Street, Bombay Mahal holds its own against these places.
The main room of Bombay Mahal is pleasant; chandeliers and decorative tiles adorn the ceiling and comfortable booths line the outside of the room. There is a side room off of the main room for when the restaurant gets crowded. The service is friendly and professional at Bombay Mahal, and overall, the restaurant seems to be run very well.
Bombay Mahal's menu is extensive. Indeed, it is very difficult to choose just one entree. Included on the menu are southern Indian specialties such as the incredible Chicken Dosai, which is a long crepe filled with chicken, potatoes, vegetables, and spices. Lovers of tandoori dishes (food cooked in a clay oven) will not be disappointed here. The aromatic basmati rice is delicious, and the Indian breads are filling and satisfying.
It is difficult to find a bad Indian restaurant in Boston. There are varying degrees of greatness, though, and Bombay Mahal ranks, if not quite among the best of the best, not all that far away, either. If you want to avoid the crowds of the "in" places on Moody Street in Waltham, head over to Bombay Mahal for some incredibly satisfying Indian food.
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