Its standard cafe-type tables and chairs might not look the part, but this friendly spot offers a novel-length menu of savory curries, kormas and tandoori. Flavors are descended from spicy South Indian street food and aren’t overly Americanized for timid palates, though some dishes are mellower than others. Ask the knowledgeable staff for guidance if that’s a concern. The tandoori is where Bombay Cafe really shines; Boti Kabobs of marinated lamb and Chicken Tikka with ginger, cilantro, garlic and chile are outstanding. It doesn’t slouch in the vegetarian arena, though. Try the Thali, which lets you choose two from a pleasing variety of entrees. I’m partial to Eggplant Bharta, a puree of tandoor-charred eggplant with tomatoes and spices, and Gobi Sabzi, cauliflower sauteed with green chilies and spices. Since new management took over in 2013, the restaurant has added online ordering.

-Christine Delson