Masala Square Indian Kitchen (23 Union Sq.) opened in Somerville’s Union Square last weekend, taking over the space briefly occupied by South Indian restaurant Godavari Mini. (Before that, the space was long the home of India Palace, which specialized in North Indian and Punjabi cuisine.) Situated next door to Gracie’s Ice Cream, the new family-run restaurant focuses on cuisine from the northern Indian state of Punjab, with special emphasis on gluten-free and vegan options.
Dishes include masala hummus, paneer wings, eggplant bhartha, channa masala, brown curry, and more. The restaurant features a lunch special where diners can choose from vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian entrees and an appetizer, served with rice and naan, for $10. Masala Square also offers free delivery.
Masala Square also plans to work with the Union Square Farmers Market to source produce during the summer, and it will soon offer cooking classes, according to Dilreet Kaur, the daughter of the family. Her father, Singh, is the chef, and in addition to teaching classes, he also plans to film a show. This is the family’s first restaurant venture in the Boston area, and they are considering possible expansion in the future.
Masala Square operates seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 to 11 p.m.
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