This is a big one from me, the one who discovered Cha Yen, MDM Noodle, Thao Ngoc, Chef Chang's, and first to Shaanxi Gourmet (Kwagle's scoop.) When Chowhound, Eater and Yelp fail to find the gold, I've already been there! I've also had the early scoop on OISA Ramen Pop-Up, Kaki Lima, and Shepard. Sorry, self-promotional piece over.
It's been open for about 3 weeks and it's a stunner. There are 3 chefs, from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This is the real deal, finally the proper sit-down full-service South Indian that goes beyond dosas. Way beyond. The early yelp reviews are mixed of course, but even Indians are commenting that they have never seen these dishes in the USA before.
I chatted with our server for a while, someone from Kerala himself. It turns out Burlington/Woburn has a large Andhra population so it makes sense that the best Indian places are not in Boston/Cambridge. Even in NYC, some of the best Indian places are out in Long Island. Indians prefer to settle down with families in the burbs, what can you say?
Now the owner has also opened Kuchipudi in Quincy and Mirchi in Westborough, but the menu here is quite more involved. These chefs are ringers, the one from Kerala recently was cooking in the Maldives! I have recently tried Keralan food from Michelin starred chef Hemant Mathur at Kokum and it's possibly comparable in skill.
I got a few pics going up on Instagram. Check out the menu at godavarius.com. Prepare to be in shock and awe at dishes you've never heard of.