I thought I'd write to tell you all about my dining experience at the new Sher-A-Punjab restaurant in Quincy Center. It took over the spot where Blue-22 used to be.
I went with a large group of friends last Saturday night for dinner. The space is very nice, although it still is a bit sparse. Service was very attentive for our group of 10, and for the most part we were well cared for (water glasses filled, plates cleared, orders correct, etc.). There was just my minor pet peeve of having the waiters ask the diners to identify their orders when they arrived, rather than knowing who ordered what.
What I liked about the menu is that it has some unusual offerings that I don't generally see on Indian menus around here. For example, I had the Pork Vindaloo. I haven't seen pork on an Indian menu, that I can remember. I ordered the Vindaloo hot, and it was suitably spicy. Not enough to make me gasp and grab for water, but definitely enough for me to sweat a bit. I also had a delicious appetizer of Paneer Pakoras, which were crisply fried and nicely spicy as well. We ordered some of the Garlic Naan, which was also very tasty with big pieces of garlic scattered inside.
Another of my friends had the Mango Chicken, which is in the "Modern Indian" section of the menu. It was one of the best dishes of the evening. A big bowl with nice moist pieces of chicken, chunks of Mango and vegetables in a lightly spicy curry. Very tasty. Another diner had the Tandoori chicken, which they raved about, being moist and tender and flavorsome.
Portions were well-sized, without being overwhelming. Prices are a bit on the high side, but generally in line with other Indian places in the area. They don't serve any Papadums with chutney as a free starter, like most other places, but I don't mind that so much. One of the nicest things is that they offer free delivery in Quincy, and they are open until 1am on weekend nights (midnight during the week).
Overall, I thought it compared quite favorably with the Punjab Cafe, also in Quincy. I liked the range of this menu more, however. They have many more dishes that I'd like to try, and we all agreed that we would return. I hope it does very well; I think it's a great addition to the neighborhood. There was a decent crowd at 7pm on Saturday evening, so that's a good sign, as well as the fact that at least half the people were Indian.