Rang Indian Restaurant

★★★★☆
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I have read hellyeah81, N sghandi posts and must say that I disagree wholeheartedly! I decided to try both Rang and Ambassador restaurant before writing this review. I've lived in Boston all my life, and consider myself a conissieur of Indian cuisine. I have been to Rang and Ambassdor several times, to give it a fair trial. while I don?t live near Rang, is a few miles away, I would drive to Rang in a heartbeat. Funny you say the papad came burn, b/c there is no way to burn papad, every time I go to Rang, the papad is fresh and tasty and the chutneys did not come at an extra cost; and who in their right mind eats sliced onions with papad, I eat slice onions with my food, specially chole bature, which is finger licking good at RANG!!! And yes, anything extra should be charged.. At Rang I was charged around $1.50. At ambassador, I got charged almost $4.00!! now, that is a rip off!!! At Rang, I ordered the Saag Panneer, and my friend ordered their lamb special. The lamb was well cooked, moist, savory with all of its juices, and just delicious!!! My saag was amazing, it had a nice consistency, and the panneer, was not undercooked- how can you screw up paneer, its like messing up mozzarella cheese when you make bruschetta! I love lassis! Period, and I have yet to find a place that makes it like rang. All in all, I love the crowd at Rang, the service is prompt, and the wait staff knows me on a first name basis. They know what I like to eat and always make feel unique by giving me the attention necessary for a pleasant dining experience. This service is unique to Rang. This is much more than I ever got at ambassador whose saag paneer was creamy and watery! I will never go back to Ambassador, but Rang, is my favorite Indian restaurant in all of boston! Nothing comes close to their service, food and ambiance! I just love it. Most importantly, they have very reasonable prices considering the economic turmoils we are facing. Great food on a budget!!

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★★★★★

I have read hellyeah81, N sghandi posts and must say that I disagree wholeheartedly! I decided to try both Rang and Ambassador restaurant before writing this review. I've lived in Boston all my life, and consider myself a conissieur of Indian cuisine. I have been to Rang and Ambassdor several times, to give it a fair trial. while I don?t live near Rang, is a few miles away, I would drive to Rang in a heartbeat. Funny you say the papad came burn, b/c there is no way to burn papad, every time I go to Rang, the papad is fresh and tasty and the chutneys did not come at an extra cost; and who in their right mind eats sliced onions with papad, I eat slice onions with my food, specially chole bature, which is finger licking good at RANG!!! And yes, anything extra should be charged.. At Rang I was charged around $1.50. At ambassador, I got charged almost $4.00!! now, that is a rip off!!! At Rang, I ordered the Saag Panneer, and my friend ordered their lamb special. The lamb was well cooked, moist, savory with all of its juices, and just delicious!!! My saag was amazing, it had a nice consistency, and the panneer, was not undercooked- how can you screw up paneer, its like messing up mozzarella cheese when you make bruschetta! I love lassis! Period, and I have yet to find a place that makes it like rang. All in all, I love the crowd at Rang, the service is prompt, and the wait staff knows me on a first name basis. They know what I like to eat and always make feel unique by giving me the attention necessary for a pleasant dining experience. This service is unique to Rang. This is much more than I ever got at ambassador whose saag paneer was creamy and watery! I will never go back to Ambassador, but Rang, is my favorite Indian restaurant in all of boston! Nothing comes close to their service, food and ambiance! I just love it. Most importantly, they have very reasonable prices considering the economic turmoils we are facing. Great food on a budget!!

Pros: Ambience, parking, service, location

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Great service, although sometimes they are not clear on who is responsible for which table. If you ask, they all help you right away.

The food is traditional and well prepared.

Free parking lot across the street.

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★★★★★

Great service, although sometimes they are not clear on who is responsible for which table. If you ask, they all help you right away.

The food is traditional and well prepared.

Free parking lot across the street.

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One of the best Restaurants in general. We feel lucky to have Rang in Stoneham Sq. Having lived here for many years I like that we have a variety of restaurants near by. I'm new to Indian cuisine, but the wait staff at Rang made the acclamation a smooth one. The second time I visited, I was amazed to see, that the waiter remembered my name, more surprising, was the fact that he remembered the dish I ordered! so, he recommended a new dish, as a way to expand my cultural horizon.
Here are some of the dishes my friend and I tried :
Appetizers (chef specials)
Aloo Tikka Chat (two potato patties cooked on the grill topped with three different types of sauce and cucumber salad)... can you say OMG!!!
Tava Panner (another chef special) this dish I craved for the entirety of the following day... that evening, I had to stop at Rang and get it to go.
For the entrees they recommended:
Chicken Korma - Chicken dish cooked in sort of creamy sauce with nuts and raisins (another instant favorite) with Naan bread . I wonder how they make this bread... It tasted like it had just come out of a wooden oven or something.
My friend ordered Lamb Rogan josh; he dubbed it the best lamb rogan josh he had tried outside of London. I can't believe I waited 29 years to try indian food, now, I can't live without it. I'm very happy that stonhem sq is diversifying with so many different restaurants such as Kromal play house bistro, Felicia's Italian restaurant, Stoneham theater, and now an Indian restaurant yeahhh!!!!! As Boston Herald said: Stoneham Sq. is the new hip neighborhood....
Heidi

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★★★★★

One of the best Restaurants in general. We feel lucky to have Rang in Stoneham Sq. Having lived here for many years I like that we have a variety of restaurants near by. I'm new to Indian cuisine, but the wait staff at Rang made the acclamation a smooth one. The second time I visited, I was amazed to see, that the waiter remembered my name, more surprising, was the fact that he remembered the dish I ordered! so, he recommended a new dish, as a way to expand my cultural horizon.
Here are some of the dishes my friend and I tried :
Appetizers (chef specials)
Aloo Tikka Chat (two potato patties cooked on the grill topped with three different types of sauce and cucumber salad)... can you say OMG!!!
Tava Panner (another chef special) this dish I craved for the entirety of the following day... that evening, I had to stop at Rang and get it to go.
For the entrees they recommended:
Chicken Korma - Chicken dish cooked in sort of creamy sauce with nuts and raisins (another instant favorite) with Naan bread . I wonder how they make this bread... It tasted like it had just come out of a wooden oven or something.
My friend ordered Lamb Rogan josh; he dubbed it the best lamb rogan josh he had tried outside of London. I can't believe I waited 29 years to try indian food, now, I can't live without it. I'm very happy that stonhem sq is diversifying with so many different restaurants such as Kromal play house bistro, Felicia's Italian restaurant, Stoneham theater, and now an Indian restaurant yeahhh!!!!! As Boston Herald said: Stoneham Sq. is the new hip neighborhood....
Heidi

Pros: ample parking, cross the street from a theater, good for first date

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You know, I went to Rang once, and I had a bad experience, similar to Mrs. Gandhi below. But as Kurt&Martha pointed out, they might just be having an off night. So I waited to write a review, and went back a second time, which was on-par service. Then the third time, it was like the first time all over. So i have to rate this one star mostly due to the bad service.

I'm in the north suburbs all the time for business and have tried many other indian restaurants and found RANG to be the worst. First off, they are not prompt at all. You are seated promptly, but then we waited 15 minutes (no joke) before someone came to offer us water, drinks, and take an appetizer order. That was very disappointing. Then, the papad came burnt and yes, we too were charged for the chutney and sliced onions which most people give along with the papad. So now papad just cost me 6 dollars!

We have ordered several of their Paneer vegetables for dinner along with a variety of naan. While the naan was soft and tasteful, the paneer vegetables were not good. The paneer seemed uncooked while the palak paneer was watery. Some of the peas in the mattar paneer were hard. The paneer makhani was decent at best.

We ordered mango lassee's as drinks and $4 each is a bit high, but worse than the price was the product - they over fill it with ice to save on the drink and on top of that, all the ice makes the drink extra watery.

I do NOT recommend this restaurant to anybody who has a reasonable expectation of good service and someone with a tongue that can taste. Indian restaurants are all over now, and while I don't expect 5 star service, I do expect decent service and good authentic tasting food. You can find that at other restauarnts. I'd suggest either Rang (very close by ) or about 4 miles way (its worth the distance) is Ambassador Indian.

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★☆☆☆☆

You know, I went to Rang once, and I had a bad experience, similar to Mrs. Gandhi below. But as Kurt&Martha pointed out, they might just be having an off night. So I waited to write a review, and went back a second time, which was on-par service. Then the third time, it was like the first time all over. So i have to rate this one star mostly due to the bad service.

I'm in the north suburbs all the time for business and have tried many other indian restaurants and found RANG to be the worst. First off, they are not prompt at all. You are seated promptly, but then we waited 15 minutes (no joke) before someone came to offer us water, drinks, and take an appetizer order. That was very disappointing. Then, the papad came burnt and yes, we too were charged for the chutney and sliced onions which most people give along with the papad. So now papad just cost me 6 dollars!

We have ordered several of their Paneer vegetables for dinner along with a variety of naan. While the naan was soft and tasteful, the paneer vegetables were not good. The paneer seemed uncooked while the palak paneer was watery. Some of the peas in the mattar paneer were hard. The paneer makhani was decent at best.

We ordered mango lassee's as drinks and $4 each is a bit high, but worse than the price was the product - they over fill it with ice to save on the drink and on top of that, all the ice makes the drink extra watery.

I do NOT recommend this restaurant to anybody who has a reasonable expectation of good service and someone with a tongue that can taste. Indian restaurants are all over now, and while I don't expect 5 star service, I do expect decent service and good authentic tasting food. You can find that at other restauarnts. I'd suggest either Rang (very close by ) or about 4 miles way (its worth the distance) is Ambassador Indian.

Pros: location

Cons: poor service, slow service, just average food.

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Having moved here in 2005 from Northern California, where very good Indian food restaurants are in abundance, we searched high and low for good Indian food after moving here. We are so happy to say that having discovered Rang just a year ago in 2007 it is, by far, our favorite as the service is prompt and courteous, the food delicious and the location perfect as it is only a few miles from our home. As the old saying goes "Try it, you'll like it!" (or LOVE it in this case!). We are sorry to see that one customer had an unfortunate customer service experience, to which we would say everybody everywhere has an off day, try it again and see what you think! Thank you, Kurt and Martha

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★★★★★

Having moved here in 2005 from Northern California, where very good Indian food restaurants are in abundance, we searched high and low for good Indian food after moving here. We are so happy to say that having discovered Rang just a year ago in 2007 it is, by far, our favorite as the service is prompt and courteous, the food delicious and the location perfect as it is only a few miles from our home. As the old saying goes "Try it, you'll like it!" (or LOVE it in this case!). We are sorry to see that one customer had an unfortunate customer service experience, to which we would say everybody everywhere has an off day, try it again and see what you think! Thank you, Kurt and Martha

Pros: Delicious and authentic Indian food

Cons: Not across the street from our house! :^)

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The food is very good, the service is friendly and professional. I enjoyed their taster meal several times. They have great evening specials, love the lamb shank. You find dish on the meal that are not on menu of other Indian restaurants.

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★★★★★

The food is very good, the service is friendly and professional. I enjoyed their taster meal several times. They have great evening specials, love the lamb shank. You find dish on the meal that are not on menu of other Indian restaurants.

Pros: Food, freindly

Cons: A little hard to find

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Since moving to Melrose last May, I've been hard pressed to find quality ethnically diverse food here in the suburbs. (I'm not a fan of 'Roast Beef and Seafood'. Ugh.)
Rang has satisfied my appetite for an intimate artsy atmosphere, delicious Indian food, and warm, friendly service. If you're looking for the perfect romantic/ festive/ family place to enjoy food for a decent price, you'll find it in Rang!

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★★★★☆

Since moving to Melrose last May, I've been hard pressed to find quality ethnically diverse food here in the suburbs. (I'm not a fan of 'Roast Beef and Seafood'. Ugh.)
Rang has satisfied my appetite for an intimate artsy atmosphere, delicious Indian food, and warm, friendly service. If you're looking for the perfect romantic/ festive/ family place to enjoy food for a decent price, you'll find it in Rang!

Pros: Fabulous on almost all levels

Cons: front entrance opens right into the dining room, they could use a smidge more space

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We visited Rang Indian Bistro after reading reviews about the food being good. I have to say, we were very disappointed with the level of service provided to us.

The waiter who was taking our order looked like he had just woken up from him sleep. He could barely speak in English and had a hard time comprehending our order.

When we ordered a vodka on the rocks, he brought the vodka with tonic. He took 15 minutes to serve us water. When we asked him to bring anything additional for us, he frowned at us.

We ordered roasted papad which took 45 minutes to make and when they were served to us, they were burnt.

We were shocked when we received our bill. We had been charged for sliced onions, chutney that came with the papad and he billed us for three vodkas instead of two.

We had quite a few left overs, so we asked to pack them up. When we opened the package today, we found that he had mixed the kofta and the dal in one box. Who eats kofta and dal that are mixed together. He could have easily packed it separately.

The chef makes good food, but if you continue to run the restaurant with waiters like the one we had, I don't know if your restaurant will survive.

We had lived in Boston for 20 + years and we have never come across an indian restaurant with such poor level of service.

They just lost a customer.

Mrs. Gandhi

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★☆☆☆☆

We visited Rang Indian Bistro after reading reviews about the food being good. I have to say, we were very disappointed with the level of service provided to us.

The waiter who was taking our order looked like he had just woken up from him sleep. He could barely speak in English and had a hard time comprehending our order.

When we ordered a vodka on the rocks, he brought the vodka with tonic. He took 15 minutes to serve us water. When we asked him to bring anything additional for us, he frowned at us.

We ordered roasted papad which took 45 minutes to make and when they were served to us, they were burnt.

We were shocked when we received our bill. We had been charged for sliced onions, chutney that came with the papad and he billed us for three vodkas instead of two.

We had quite a few left overs, so we asked to pack them up. When we opened the package today, we found that he had mixed the kofta and the dal in one box. Who eats kofta and dal that are mixed together. He could have easily packed it separately.

The chef makes good food, but if you continue to run the restaurant with waiters like the one we had, I don't know if your restaurant will survive.

We had lived in Boston for 20 + years and we have never come across an indian restaurant with such poor level of service.

They just lost a customer.

Mrs. Gandhi

Pros: The food was decent, servings are large

Cons: The service is third grade, the worst we've ever experience

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We have a 2 year old who loves naan, but not much else Indian Food, so most of the time we're dining on Rang's delicious food "to go". It breaks my heart to dash in and out, while other diners are enjoying the ambience and setting. I would always rather dine IN the restaurant. The staff are warm and welcoming, and the service is attentive. The Biryanis are particularly good, and the Saag dishes are done well. Actually I've never had a dish here that wasn't outstanding, and I've tried nearly everything on the menu. Beware the Chicken Vindaloo - I had to eat that dish s-l-o-w-l-y. The location is perfect - right in Stoneham center along the city square - away from street but still in the middle of everything.

Rang is as good or better compared to every other Indian restaurant we've tried in Boston, but not as good as Indian restauants we've tried in London, which is why only 4 stars are granted here.

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★★★★☆

We have a 2 year old who loves naan, but not much else Indian Food, so most of the time we're dining on Rang's delicious food "to go". It breaks my heart to dash in and out, while other diners are enjoying the ambience and setting. I would always rather dine IN the restaurant. The staff are warm and welcoming, and the service is attentive. The Biryanis are particularly good, and the Saag dishes are done well. Actually I've never had a dish here that wasn't outstanding, and I've tried nearly everything on the menu. Beware the Chicken Vindaloo - I had to eat that dish s-l-o-w-l-y. The location is perfect - right in Stoneham center along the city square - away from street but still in the middle of everything.

Rang is as good or better compared to every other Indian restaurant we've tried in Boston, but not as good as Indian restauants we've tried in London, which is why only 4 stars are granted here.

Pros: Food. Service. Easy parking.

Cons: None.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see an indian restaurant in stoneham, and ofcourse i had to go in. The food was great, the decor has good earthy tones and is calming. The tandoor dishes were moist and succulent. The location is perfect, right across from the stoneham theater in stoneham square. I now don't have to travel into the city or compromise with the food which i can now get close to home.

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★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprised to see an indian restaurant in stoneham, and ofcourse i had to go in. The food was great, the decor has good earthy tones and is calming. The tandoor dishes were moist and succulent. The location is perfect, right across from the stoneham theater in stoneham square. I now don't have to travel into the city or compromise with the food which i can now get close to home.

Pros: service, decor, food

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This is my new favorite Indian restaurant in the Boston area. Having lived in Jackson Heights, New York I have tried many indian restaurants of all categories and Rang compares very well.
The ambiance is welcoming and warm.
The menu is standard indian fare, but all done very well. Note: the biryanis are on the spicy side. The Dosas are thin and lightly crispy and the Kormas and Mahknis are creamy, flavorful and delicious. They also have a great daily "all you can eat" lunch buffet for only $8 per person, even on weekends!
The staff is also very pleasant and accomodating which is always a huge plus.
Rang is a great addition to the neighborhood and area.

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★★★★★

This is my new favorite Indian restaurant in the Boston area. Having lived in Jackson Heights, New York I have tried many indian restaurants of all categories and Rang compares very well.
The ambiance is welcoming and warm.
The menu is standard indian fare, but all done very well. Note: the biryanis are on the spicy side. The Dosas are thin and lightly crispy and the Kormas and Mahknis are creamy, flavorful and delicious. They also have a great daily "all you can eat" lunch buffet for only $8 per person, even on weekends!
The staff is also very pleasant and accomodating which is always a huge plus.
Rang is a great addition to the neighborhood and area.

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Rang offers locals a novel and elegant dining experience.The warm orange tones were brought to life by the subtle lighting fitted with exquisite looking tiny lamps that hung from the ceiling. Spirited Indian music played softly in the background, quiet enough for a date with your special someone or going in with a group of your favorite comrades conversation was easily had. You will notice the menu is a customary Indian menu, with variations from north and south India. From ordering to finally eating my dish only took about 10 minutes.... I had a generous portion of saag
paneer freshly diced as if it was just brought from the market with rice and a side dish of delicious garlic Naan. The prices are fairly moderate for an Indian restaurant. For fine dining experience without the hassle of coming into the city, Rang is a must try!!!

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★★★★★

Rang offers locals a novel and elegant dining experience.The warm orange tones were brought to life by the subtle lighting fitted with exquisite looking tiny lamps that hung from the ceiling. Spirited Indian music played softly in the background, quiet enough for a date with your special someone or going in with a group of your favorite comrades conversation was easily had. You will notice the menu is a customary Indian menu, with variations from north and south India. From ordering to finally eating my dish only took about 10 minutes.... I had a generous portion of saag
paneer freshly diced as if it was just brought from the market with rice and a side dish of delicious garlic Naan. The prices are fairly moderate for an Indian restaurant. For fine dining experience without the hassle of coming into the city, Rang is a must try!!!

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Rang provides residents of the northern suburbs with authentic Indian flavors. A full bar allows diners to enjoy cocktails and imported beers with their meals. The lengthy menu contains plenty of familiar favorites (pakoras,…

 

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