For all the charms of Indian cuisine, the restaurants serving it seldom break new ground with their menus or ambience.
But Kabab Corner, a relatively recent arrival on the Medford dining scene, is a refreshing departure from the tried and true.
Sure, there are samosas and lassis, malai kofta and tandoori chicken. But there are also wonderful dosas from south India and contemporary Bombay-inspired appetizers.
Hidden away at the far end of a strip mall abutting busy Wellington Circle, the restaurant is bright and airy, with big windows and high ceilings. The neutral décor is reminiscent of Panera Bread.
The music (Bollywood dance party, anyone?) is also a marked departure from the sleepy sitar soundtrack that’s often heard at other Indian restaurants. It might not be to everyone’s liking, but it’s certainly distinctive.
At $6.50 on weekdays and $8 on weekends, the lunch buffet, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is a great way to sample widely from the expansive menu.
4110 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Major credit cards