Visiting for the holidays, the eight of us decided we'd step out of our comfort zone and try Seema's, a Pakistani restaurant on Rte 1 in Norwood. http://seemasrestaurant.com
We're glad we did!
Upon arrival, we readily confessed that we were rookies to Pakistani cuisine and made clear we'd welcome any suggestions the restaurant had to offer. The waiter offered to have the chef/owner come out from the kitchen and guide us through our selections. Based on her recommendations, we started with samosas and smoked lentil fritters (pithi walay ladoo), both accompanied by an apricot and white radish chutney, and spinach pakora with tamarind chutney. The lightly battered pakora was a crispy treat and the samosas were deep fried to perfection. Both chutneys were nicely matched and tasty on the tongue - spicy, but not hot.
If you enjoy Indian food, you'll appreciate the Pakistani twist on some of your favorites. We ordered the tandoori fish (fresh cod, on this night), lamb and chicken biryani (huge portions!), chicken gosht (served in a spicy and savory brown sauce to be sopped up with naan flatbread) and a lamb chop dish that the skeptical 80-year old among us devoured. We were also treated to a complementary plate of pan cooked potatoes (aloo) to try.
The restaurant is well-lit and very clean (including the restrooms). Don't expect a lot of atmosphere, however. The dining area was rather cavernous.
Seema's has been open since the spring. The owners are a Pakistani couple living the "American dream." He's a software engineer by day, maitre 'd by night, and she has always wanted to cook her family's recipes in her own restaurant. They've been working in the States for almost a decade to make the restaurant happen. Both are justifiably proud of their establishment, particularly its rating among the Boston Globe's Top 15 Tastiest Restaurants, and delighted to share Pakistani cuisine with their patrons.
This, together with the delicious plates, is worthy of Chow support. Give Seema's a try.