Many a fine Indian restaurant speckles the Boston landscape, and many do the things we folks on a budget love: cheap lunch deals, the occasional buffet, dinners featuring enormous portions (leftovers!). But despite all our choices, when pressed, we’ll tolerate the congested traffic and rabid Sox fans to visit India Quality, a longtime BU student staple and Kenmore mainstay for the last 25 years, surviving its way through the construction, renovations, and gentrification of its neighborhood. When something is this good, they can withstand these changes and still come out on top of the game.
Much more than its name suggests, IQ is a complexly wonderful, just-below-ground-level bistro with an overly attentive staff, delicious options at any time of the day, and those crazy little curried sauces we love. What makes India Quality the stuff of dreams is their consistency: not once over the years have they served us a single mediocre meal. It’s the place where you can guarantee to draw a smile from a hostile date, your overbearing parents, a scorned lover.
There are far too many favorites to list them all, but we recommend the garlic naan, pakoras, Malai Kofta, and kheer (you know, rice pudding) to get you started. Not familiar with Indian food? What an unassuming place to start. Despite all the accolades this place receives - ours part of a long history of IQ love - this place remains humble to the eye and happy to help new customers get comfortable. Next time you walk through the door, don’t be surprised if they remember you.