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Taj Mahal, in the middle of Curry Row’s mostly interchangeable Southern Indian restaurants, counts ambiance as its competitive advantage. The dual dining rooms are at street level, instead of low-ceilinged basements, and mirrored walls add a sense of roominess. Inside the wooden ceiling is a concave hollow accommodating crystal chandeliers. Pink napkins and white tablecloths contribute a hint of formality. The food is consistent with the neighborhood’s generally limited standards. Mulligatawny soup comes as a thick orange purée, flavored with flecks of red lentil that complement the subtle lemon in the finish. Tandoori chicken is moist and tender under a red, mildly spiced surface, served sizzling on a metal tray along with slivers of white onion. Shami kebabs—dry meat fritters—stand out among pedestrian samosa and pakora appetizers. Complimentary dal on the side has a heavy garlicky taste and coarse seeds. Low prices keep a non-Desi clientele happy, though. The short list of wine and beer includes, of course, Taj Mahal lager.Recommended Dishes
Mulligatawny soup, $2.25; shami kebab, $3.50; tandoori chicken, $9.25
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