474 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge; (617) 868-1866 Located in the heart of Central Square, Indian Globe is one of the top choices in a crowded field. Service is very quick and attentive, and the prices are about a dollar less per entree than most similar restaurants.
Chicken dominates the menu, from the basic tandoori style ($7. 50) to chicken tikka masala ($8. 45), boneless pieces of white meat grilled in spices and served in a creamy tomato sauce.
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There are also plenty of lamb and seafood entrees, such as good ol' lamb curry ($7. 65), made to your preference of spiciness. There are no beef items on the menu.
There are plenty of vegetarian choices, though. For a real bargain, you can order the house vegetarian special: Chana masala (chick peas in tomato sauce) and mutter paneer (cooked peas and cheese) with pa-padam and poori bread, raita (whipped yogurt with cucumber, potato, and tomato), rice, tea or coffee, and dessert all for $9. 50. There's also a lamb and chicken version for $10.25.
Speaking of bargains, Indian Globe serves up daily luncheon plates from the main menu, most of which are $3. 95 or so. And for the hefty appetite, there is an all-you-can-eat buffet for $5. 95, served from 12-3 p.m. daily. Hours are 11: 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.