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The Pongal

786 Boston Road, Billerica, MA
978-667-3443, 978-667-3213
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Ranked #13 of 49 restaurants in Billerica
Cuisines: Indian
Most recent review
- Jul 26, 2014
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30 reviews from our community

67% Recommend
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English first
Billerica, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went as a family to this restaurant based on nice internet reviews. We planned it for the Friday night. There was no waiting queue however they took so long time to take order and even worst time for deliver the food. We thought they were taking time means food will be very awesome, but the food was really crab.... More

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Allen, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We are no longer near Pongal but remember the place nostalgically. We ate there maybe 30-40 times in last 5 years. There was a time when we went there twice a month for a brunch. Kids truly enjoyed an authentic Indian experience. The variety/spread is great with good options for vegetarians and meat-lovers. The food is more suited for and... More

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New York City, New York
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203 reviews 203 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
530 helpful votes 530 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place serves some real good Indian food. "The food is very authentic and tasty." I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are in this area. There are a number of Indian restaurants that serve random nonsense calling it Indian, and this is NOT one of them. The food is real Indian and really tasty.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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70 reviews 70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We had been here for lunch buffet a few years ago. It was mobbed and there was a huge choice of wonderful food. People were waiting outside to get in. Imagine our surprise when we recently arrived to find an almost empty parking lot. Upon entry we noticed the buffet seemed smaller and only two other tables were occupied. Odd... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Since I've eaten here on the weekend a couple of times, I know that the restaurant can get jammed pack. Once, we waited 45 minutes, but we also arrived around 1 PM. I called to make reservations and was even reminded to arrive on time. We got to the restaurant just minutes before it opened and my friends joked about... More

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

First time here. Tried several times but closed due to weather problems. Went on Wednesday since buffet night. Nice to have lots of dishes to try. The main problem was the food was at best lukewarm. The service was fine.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We went to Pongal on mothers day, ordered food for kids and us at around 7:15. We got our food at 8:15. We asked them in-between about how along it will take, both time they said they will go and check but never came back with an answer. The food here is expensive, but the service they provide does not... More

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Billerica, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Food is always tasty here, with a good mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dinners. The breads are tasty, with just the right amount of crisp and doughy-ness. They do adjust the spice content, if you ask. Also, the Indian beer is cold and refreshing (King Fisher brand I believe - not sure what other varieties they have, as I haven't... More

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Woburn, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

NASTY MANNERS, PLEASE AVOID PONGAL. I went to Pongal for a week-day buffet. I was late because of meetings. Within 10 minutes, restaurant people came and told all that they are taking away all the items because it is 2:30. We and others in the restaurant asked the restaurant to keep the items in place till we complete our lunch,... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

... wow what a great buffet! this was my impression. We had to wait almost 20 minutes to be offered a table for two. The food was delicious, authentic taste for all the items on offer. Masala dosa is freshly prepared and served at the table. more than 3 different sweet dishes were also available. I am not sure if... More

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