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“A step above all the Indian restaurants” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Bengal
313 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-1988
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Ranked #178 of 552 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Indian
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“A step above all the Indian restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Central Square is full of Indian restaurants, and Royal Bengal serves Indian food too. However, what you want to do is pay attention to the blue menu featuring Bengali specialities. That's why you came to this restaurant! My favorites: the smoked eggplant dish at the top of the menu, the shrimp in coconut sauce (flip the menu over), the shredded banana blossom, and the Bengali mashed potatoes. The flavors are slightly different from Indian ones, and wonderful. For dessert, skip the rice pudding (that is one area in which all the over Indian restaurants do a better job) and get the coconut crepes or kulfi (cardamom and pistachio ice cream). This restauarant is on the MIT edge of Cetral Square, and actually, it's easier to park there than in the heart of the square.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Horrible service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Visited before closing and they said we could stay. Then they made us feel so rushed during the meal, potatos were UNCOOKED (that's dangerous!) so due to a main dish being uncooked we decided not to tip and when we left they were complaining about us. Hey, if you give us uncooked food and then rush us out what do you expect? Don't visit this place, there's a lot of Indian restuarants around and you'll find better service elsewhere.

Visited October 2011
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“Great Opportunity to eat authentic Bengali food around the corner from MIT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

There is no accommodation for the American palate here. Terrific, traditional Bengali cooking. Hot, spicy, varied and interesting. Great service and an unpretentious atmosphere. We went at dinner and had Pashawary Naan. What a treat! The goat curry was great and the dal was superb. Evidently there is a buffet luncheon most days, but we were there too late. Probably very crowded when MIT is in session. A must, if you are in Cambridge. We'll go back often. Great discovery.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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