Our town was once known only for fresh seafood, Irish pubs and enough chowder to last a lifetime. These days, exploring the city proper plus Somerville and Cambridge takes you to so much more than that, including plenty of authentic and tasty Indian cuisine – but that wasn’t always the case.
“If you look back 20 years ago, there weren’t many Indian restaurants in the Boston area,” says Rokeya Chowdhury, co-owner of Shanti Restaurant. “Now our largest customer base is different communities, like the Irish parts of Boston.”
Rokeya, who owns Shanti Restaurant in Dorchester and Roslindale with her husband Solmon Chowdhury, said the number of Indian restaurants in the city has exploded as fast-casual restaurants have started incorporating Indian flavors into their dishes. “It’s exciting to see because it means the kitchen is gaining mainstream attention,” said Chowdhury.
Whether you’re looking forward to a celebration in honor of Diwali or want to expand your list of the best restaurants in the area, check out our round-up of the best places to eat Indian food in and around Boston.