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Located in Cambridge's Central Square, Asmara is a good bet for diners seeking an introduction to Ethiopian cuisine. Communal tables lend a casual air to the hands-on dining experience in which injera, a spongy Ethiopian flatbread, replaces traditional American utensils. Dishes include an interesting assortment of marinated beef, chicken, lamb and vegetables. A children's menu tones down the exotic flavors. A great buffet lunch is offered too. The restaurant also serves beer and wine.
Grendel's Den is one of the best deals in the neighborhood. With a solid selection of beers and basic menu, Grendel's was made for happy hour: half-price food between Monday to Wednesday 5 to 7:30pm or Thursday to Sunday 9-11:30pm . For a splurge, try their dark ‘n stormy: ginger beer + serious rum. Even better—they have hard cider on tap. The food? Unremarkable, but definitely good enough to return. In nice weather, aim for the patio, but be aware the half-price deal is only available inside.
The Red House gets its name from the red cottage that houses the restaurant. Built in 1802, this cottage has comfortable settings; the wooden furnishings and beige and red décor will enhance your dining experience. Kill your hunger pangs with items, such as lobster risotto, grilled tenderloin of beef and breadless chicken club sandwich. And wash it all down with your choice of wine – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and much more.
The Maharaja is a fabulous Indian restaurant that warmly invites you to dine royally. The furniture and the interiors compliment the cuisine and creates a royal and upscale cultural theme. The menu features delicious and regional dishes like Samosa, Pakora, Chaat items and Tandoori Appetizers. Some popular dishes are Murgh Wajid Ali and Mutton korma which are cooked flavorfully. Vegetarian dishes like Maharaja Daal Makhani, Kadhai Paneer and Chana Masala are some of their specialties on offer.