Boston's best Indian food is outside the city's center. Take a trip west of Boston, and you'll come across many expected historical sites, but you'll also find an unexpected experience in Indian cuisine at Soul of India.
After a busy day of exploring the MetroWest, or shopping at the Natick Mall and the many stores that line bustling Route 9, take the short drive to Sudbury, where restaurant Soul of India will make your day complete by filling you with an Indian meal to remember.
Serving Indian food in an inconspicuous spot - on scenic Route 20 in Sudbury - is Soul of India. This restaurant is co-owned by Chef Peppino, who also owns Da Vinci, arguably home of Boston's most unique menu pairing: Italian with some Indian influences. Chef Peppino has a steady following for his flavorful cuisine. It's no wonder his partnership with Chef Ladi, who trained under Peppino at Da Vinci, has successfully brought a taste of India to the Boston suburbs.
Soul of India serves flavorful Indian cuisine, including vegetarian options — Photo courtesy of Soul of india
At Soul of India, you'll find food of the same quality as that served at Da Vinci, but strictly Indian. Bright flavors and bold spices will give you a taste of authentic Indian cuisine. Walk through their doors on any given afternoon or evening, and you'll find many of the tables in this bright, cozy eatery taken by those of Indian descent - a sure sign that the food served here is as close to home as you can get.
Soul of India's menu serves entree staples like a lamb vindaloo filled with chunks of tender lamb and topped with just the right amount of their spicy, tangy vindaloo sauce. The tandoori is marinated with fresh herbs and tangy sauces that maintain their essence through the cooking process, turning out platters of tender, juicy meats.
Vegetarian options like the baingan bartha - an eggplant dish baked with tomatoes and onions and served spiced to your liking - is both filling and satisfying. The popular saag paneer is one you won't soon forget, as the fresh flavors of the greens shine through and marry perfectly with the handmade cheese cubes in this fan favorite dish.
Tandoori at Soul of India — Photo courtesy of Soul of India
Appetizers are exceptional. Customer favorites include the vegetarian platter, an irresistible mix of fried vegetables, fritters and filled pastries. The vegetable samosas are light, airy pillows of dough filled with a well-balanced mix of cumin, potato and peas. The gobhi pakora (fried cauliflower) is encrusted in a perfectly crisp exterior, making these delicious bite-sized morsels ideal for dipping in the sauces served alongside.
Bread is a must at Soul of india, where the naan has the ideal combination of crisp and chew to act as a utensil, a vehicle for soaking up the last of the delectable sauce left on your plate. Or try one of the flavored naans all on its own.
The lunch buffet at Soul of india is a bargain, and so the restaurant's often jam packed at lunchtime. Popular dishes of the same quality as those ordered from the menu are offered in their all-you-can-eat buffet for a fraction of the price. Eating lunch here is a great way to enjoy your fill of their fabulous food, while sampling items you may not normally order.
The cozy atmosphere at Soul of India is enhanced by brightly colored walls. The bar area offers a pleasant spot to relax and enjoy a lassi or other beverage while waiting for takeout; it is also a good spot for dining solo or gathering with friends while a table becomes available. Or stop by for one last drink when your meal is complete.