People will go to great lengths to avoid losing touch with their native culture, from importing exotic spices, to wearing traditional clothing, to opening fabulously lavish tax-free racetrack/casino resorts with celebrity chefs. From folks tired of driving out of state for their native eats, Darbar, open now.
From semi-first-time owners (one did own Allston's old Cafe Habibi) tired of having to order Pakistani catering from New York for family events, Darbar is a 49-seat dine-in/take-out halal-meat-only Pakistani/Indian hybrid outfitted w/ green leather booths, cherry wood tables, several ornate glass chandeliers, and a formica counter in the shape of an L, much like your hand when hilariously putting down early 90s Alicia Silverstone. Specialties include fresh goat cooked in tomatoes, onions, and garlic; chicken meatballs simmered in a curry sauce and served with naan; and Paya, a slow-cooked goat foot soup that's often eaten for breakfast and considered a delicacy, presumably by people otherwise relegated to Goatmeal. There's also authentic Southern Asian grub like Gurda Kaleji, chopped exotic-spiced lamb kidney and liver cooked in a special sauce; boneless chicken sauteed w/ bell peppers and ginger; and Magaz Masala simmered w/ onions and spiced beef brain -- so... how's about another bowl of Goatmeal?
For something a little less, well, brainy, Darbar's serving' more recognizable faves like crispy two-piece samosas filled with minced meat, three yogurt-marinated goat chops cooked tandori-style, and Bihari beef kebabs cooked in a clay oven, instead of a jackpot, cause let's face it, that's just not your tribe.