Rani Indian Bistro Rani Indian Bistro

Rani Indian Bistro

1353 Beacon St. (Harvard St.)
Brookline, MA 02446
Cuisine: Indian
Aromatic Hyderabadi cuisine, along with a contemporary setting, set this Indian bistro apart from the pack in Coolidge Corner.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Sat, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.


Rani Indian Bistro Restaurant Review:

Though you can get Westernized favorites like tikka masala, spicy vindaloo and saag paneer, the kitchen at Rani Indian Bistro prepares aromatic regional variations as well. Hyderabadi specialties in particular crop up, combining flavors such as cilantro, turmeric, tamarind, curry leaf and cashew that taste even better when paired with a signature Rani sangría. More than a half-dozen styles of bread cooked in tandoor ovens are available and take the form of grilled, baked or even deep-fried --- a good thing, since the chicken khurchan (pulled tandoori chicken with cilantro and onions) and hussainy lamb made with garlic, ginger and cashews need cushioning. Standouts among a range of small plates include spicy garlicky potatoes, paneer tikka (soft cheese marinated in yogurt), garlic-chili shrimp and spicy chicken fritters. Finish the meal with sweet cottage cheese dumplings. If you can't decide what to order, stop by for brunch for an array of authentic fare. Other touches are an eight-seat bar and an elegant tea selection.