It takes a few visits to do Tikkaway justice.
To get the full effect, you should dive in and start mixing and matching their Indian selections a few different ways.
Chana (chickpeas) + brown rice and quinoa + diced cucumber + mild curried lentil dal sauce
Salad + lamb + cabbage + mild creamy tomato masala sauce.
You can also skip the decision-making and order a traditional Indian dish.
But the fun of Tikkaway is assembling the based components of Indian cuisine yourself, in a sparkling clean, white, ceramic-tiled establishment.
Tikkaway is Indian cuisine re-imagined as a fast casual offering.
The first Tikkaway opened in New Haven, where it remains a popular lunch option not far from the Yale campus. A New York Times article describes the “2 a.m. eureka! moment” that launched the restaurant. Tikkaway #2 opened in Boston in 2017.
On Yelp, Willa D. gravitated to the same mix'n'match opportunity I explored on my visits.
Scrolling through the Yelp reviews (there were 119 of them last time I checked; average was a solid 4.5 stars), I found many, many comparisons to Chipotle -- the way you choose a base, then proteins, then veggies, etc.
Tikkaway is also fast and reasonably priced (around $10.)
Google reviews of Tikkaway (173 when I checked) were positive, hovering between four and five stars.
Tikkaway is located in a row of promising, ethnically-inspired lunch offerings in the heart of Boston's Seaport District.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Update: Tikkaway is now a District Hall Community Partner, with a 15% Off coupon in the District Hall Gachapon Prize Capsule Machine.