Upscale Indian in an Unlikely Spot: A Look at Harvard Square's Maharaja

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Photo: Kara Baskin

Boston has plenty of excellent Indian street food served in casual spots; elegant Indian restaurants, sadly, are another story. We don't have a Boston version of Washington's Rasika or New York's Tamarind. Perhaps the closest we come is Harvard Square's new(ish) Maharaja, improbably perched on the second floor of the nondescript Galeria mini-mall on JFK Street, peering squarely into Wagamama below. This is the site of the old Bombay Club, which closed in 2009, and the space has been entirely transformed: Owner Sajal Latka, originally from Punjab, spent thousands festooning the enormous dining room with furniture imported from his homeland: ornate, high-backed chairs; statues; lush burgundy carpeting. We were curious to try the food, which for the most part lives up to the opulent surroundings (and, hovering at about $16 for an entree, the prices aren't bad, either). On a cool Friday evening, the dining room was about half-full; crowds might be more inclined to venture upstairs now that the restaurant has its liquor license. Order a tamarind margarita our favorite drink of the night. But first, have a look at our slideshow, ahead.