History of Clay Oven
Vinod & Shikha Kapoor are the owners of Masala Art in Needham. They started off as owners of a 30-seat, basement location in Back Bay called Kebab-N-Kurry, back in 1980. After winning the Best of Boston in the early 80′s they decided to expand their business. They opened another Kebab-N-Kurry in Providence, R.I. After several years of success in the business of Indian Cuisine, they opened Bombay Club in 1991. This was a change from the traditional Indian restaurant. They decided that the Indian Restaurant Industry needed a more upscale dining facility. They proved that when they opened the 126 seat, well decorated, and operated Bombay Club. Since 1991, the Kapoor family has gone on to open Bombay Club in Faneuil Hall (1998), Curry Leaf in Natick (2003), Masala Art (2003) and most recently Clay Oven in Lexington (2019).
Clay Oven is a contemporary, casual-upscale Indian eatery, located in the historic Town of Lexington. The next generation of the Kapoor family, Sorabh & Anuradha Kapoor have created a new concept for this restaurant. Having grown up in Lexington, it made perfect sense for Sorabh to bring the Clay Oven concept to his own neighborhood. Now, with two young daughters to raise in Lexington, it had been a long-time goal and aspiration for Sorabh and Anuradha to become part of the Lexington business community and to establish a restaurant in their hometown.
Clay Oven is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary dishes. The recipes were developed by Shikha Kapoor, the mastermind and recipe designer for all the Kapoor restaurants. Over the years, Sorabh compiled these recipes and came up with the concept and menu for Clay Oven. There are separate lunch and dinner menus, each showcasing cuisines from different regions of India, with a focus on Northern Indian offerings as well as many non-traditional and exclusive offerings unique to Clay Oven in both preparation and service styles. Notably, the menu offerings also include Middle Eastern, Mexican, and American influences. All in all, this restaurant is the brainchild of Sorabh and Anuradha, and is an extension of what Vinod and Shikha have established and built over the past 40 plus years.