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Lucky Dhaba, Somerville

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Lucky Dhaba, Somerville

formerly grueldelux | Jan 21, 2005 02:36 PM

I think it's been open less than a week, in the strip mall-ish Cobble Hill Centre next to the Cafe Belo on what I think is Washington Street, just past McGrath Highway between Union and Sullivan Square. I was lured in by the impossible to resist bouquet of mylar balloons out front, announcing the opening of the restaurant in half of the space of an Indian grocery that I assume had been there already. The dining room could not be more sparse, but I assume it's a work in progress. I ordered two dishes for takeout from the two very friendly and eager young men working that day. Was able to get a glimpse into the kitchen and saw that they were definitley making at least one of the dishes to order, with whole spices sizzling in a pan. The menu is pretty much the standard local repetoire, with a few South Indian specialties added in (or is that inclusion now part of the standard local repetoire?) I ordered two standbys, Alloo Gobhi for some vegetables and Chicken vindaloo for heat, welcome on a blustery day. I ordered the vindaloo "Indian hot, not American hot" and the other medium. Overall I thought both dishes were excellent, with very complex flavours, generous chunks of dark meat chicken and no shortage of fresh herbs. Unremarkable plain nan and unremarkable rice made it a meal I'd give a grade of Slightly Above Average and Worth Watching.

Stopped at the Sherman Cafe in Union Square on the way back and noticed that they have egg creams. Was that mentioned in the recent thread on the subject? Wait, I'll check.

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