Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Bombay Restaurant Review

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Since I have to be in New York downtown area for the next four days, I tried venturing out this afternoon to locate an Indian restaurant where I can have my lunch and also write a review on.

I found Bombay, a restaurant that was off Broad Street and it has a good outside view which prompted me to try it out right away.

I went in and realized it was a sort of ‘self-service’ – similar to Subway or McDonalds. I noticed quite a few good items in the menu board and so decided to try the Vegetarian Bowl that comes with two vegetarian dishes and fried rice. It reminded me of the Chipotle Bowl which is also one of my favourites.

I got the Mixed Vegetable Curry along with my all time favourite Okra Masala.

The mixed vegetable curry was a bit spicy, but definitely tasty. I enjoyed eating it, may be because it also had a tinge of sweetness with it (may be because of the tomato base).

Okra Masala was perfectly as how would want it to be. I found it to be a perfect combination with my fried rice and mixed vegetable curry.

I also happened to notice the good old Thums Up and Limca bottles, though they appeared to be slightly bigger than the last time I saw them.

The ambience at Bombay restaurant is really good and I think I like this place a lot. This is an ideal restaurant for quickly going in for a tasty grab of Indian food, getting it in no time, eating it right away and getting out of there.

Overall it was a very nice experience and I recommend you to try it out if you are near the Wall St. area of New York anytime.

Indian City Restaurant – Good Experience

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

We went to the historic town of Philipsburg in New Jersey yesterday for a birthday party and were surprised to find out the party was not yesterday and instead was today!!! We were just 24 hours early for the party – we dont like going late to the party, you see 🙂

In any case, since we bothered my friend and his one year old daughter a day before her birthday, we decided to explore Philipsburg area, when my friend suggested that there was a new Indian restuarant called Indian City Restaurant in Philipsburg. So we went there for lunch to try it out.


Sankalp – Restaurant Review

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

We heard a lot about this Sankalp restaurant from many different friends. We were told it is the best South Indian restaurant in the whole of North India 🙂

Since there were two branches of Sankalp opened near my house, we decided to try it out after watching Endhiran movie on Saturday night.

We went to the one on Oak Tree Road in New Jersey, but it was quite crowded and they suggested we try the one in South Plainfield as it is generally less crowded than the one on Oak Tree Road.

The restaurant is located in a shopping mall, where we have seen two other Indian Restaurants come and go, in the same place.

The first impression of the restaurant was good. It appeared to be a much more formal place than the one on Oak Tree Road and we were pleasantly surprised at the nice reception we got when we went in.


Myilai Masala – Restaurant Review

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

As we spent almost the entire day in Princeton area in New Jersey, we went to Myilai Masala for dinner. Myilai Masala is a branch of Myilai Masala in Mylapore in Chennai, where it is in existence for around five years now. Though I have not been to the one in Mylapore, as my friends wanted us to try it out and see how it is.

Myilai Masala is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant and is located in a mall, just off the Sloan Avenue exit on 295. You can also come to this place from Quakerbridge Mall as it is at the intersection of Sloan Avenue and Quakerbridge Road. There is lot of parking space in the mall. Once inside the restaurant, I liked the way in which the tables were spaciously arranged and also the way it gave a sense of privacy. As they say first impression matters a lot and I was impressed. Their menu card also talks about Myilai Masala’s origin in Mylapore in Chennai, Chennai’s culture, etc.

Since I was very hungry I asked them to bring anything that they can bring immediately.


Desi Food Galaxy – Restaurant Review

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

We went to Desi Food Galaxy on Route 27 in NJ on Sunday afternoon. The experience was one of its kind.

Desi Food Galaxy is like a food court. For those who have seen food courts in the US, here is a view of Desi Food Galaxy for you. Imagine the typical food court in the US, then imagine a smaller version of imagine a much smaller version of imagine a micro version of it – but do not reduce the number of restaurants available there – that is Desi Food Galaxy. They have seven restaurants on one side and three or four on the other, with a fruit stall in the middle. No one can maximize the space used more than what Desi Food Galaxy has done. I wonder what the food authorities will have to say on this when they see it!!

In any case, three of us went and got our food from six different sections:


Ginger Olive – Restaurant Review

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Went to a new restaurant called Ginger Olive in New Brunswick on friday night. This restaurant is right opposite the New Brunswick train station. After many years, we decided to take a walk along downtown New Brunswick, and we realized this restaurant was right next to the place where we parked our car. We stopped in front of it, to see the menu and were pleasantly surprised to find an Indian restaurant that we have not tried before.

We had vegetarian lentil soup and aloo paapdi chaat for starters.


Utsav Restaurant in NY – Restaurant Review

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Utsav is a restaurant on Avenue of Americas in New York, between the 46th and 47th Street. It is very well known for its fine Indian dining.

We went to Utsav a few months back for a Baby Shower and felt I should write about it. I have been to Utsav two years back and have actually liked their food in the past. Was quite surprised to find that they have maintained the same taste even now.

I tasted many vegetable dishes during that function. Some of the appetizers are Samosa, Bhel Puri and Paani Puri.

All of them were very tasty and I enjoyed eating it.

For the main course, I had Navratna Korma, Channa Masala and Bhindi Ki Sabzi.

Their Peshwari Naan and Safron Pulav were very nice additions to the above items and it was a wonderful experience.

Overall, I would recommend Utsav to anyone visiting New York and wishing to have a good experience eating Indian food.

Penang – Restaurant Review

Monday, September 6th, 2010

We went to Point Pleasant beach yesterday after a long gap and on our way back decided to go to Penang Malaysian restaurant for dinner.

Penang is a nice restaurant on Old Post Road, to which I have been to once a year, almost every year. I was very happy to visit this restaurant again as their Roti Canai and Roti Telur always remind me of the Indian Parota Kurma and the Egg Parota.

My appetizer order included the Roti Canai and Roti Telur, which I can always eat – any number of times – this is what happens when you go to too many flood light cricket and badminton matches when you are young and eat on the road side almost every night in different places in India 🙂 . These two dishes remind me always of those memorable days of my life in Chennai.

I also tried the vegetable spring rolls which did have a slightly unknown taste. Did not like it that much.

I ordered something called Kari Sayur, which was described as mixed vegetable served in a clay pot with spicy curry broth. Though I did not see the clay pot,


Paradise Briyani Pointe – Restaurant Review again

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Went to Paradise Briyani Pointe at Oak Tree Road for dinner on friday night. By the time we decided on friday night to go to for dinner to Paradise Briyani Pointe, it was almost 9pm and we were six of us. Since it was a long weekend, we were ok to wait before we get seated. To our surprise, we got our table right away and we started our ordering spree 🙂

I started with my usual Gobi Manchurian, along with which we also placed an order of Chicken 65. Both the items turned out be very spicy, I guess if we do not say what the spice level should be, the food comes with full spice level.

We then ordered chicken briyani, prawn briyani and chicken fried rice. Chicken fried rice and Gobi Manchurian combination reminded us of the typical Indo Chinese food that we used to have back in India.

The chicken briyani was ok, not up to the mark expected at Paradise Briyani Pointe. The quantity was quite a lot but definitely not the quality that has always led us to this place.

Prawn briyani had all the prawns deep fried and were quite tasty. This was consistent with how it used to be in the past.

Overall it was an average experience at the Oak Tree Road branch and it makes us think if the New Brunswick branch is better than this one.

Fusion 22 again – Restaurant Review

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

We went to Fusion 22 over the weekend – I have been to this restaurant many times for lunch buffet during the week days and also once for dinner. We had never been to Fusion 22 for lunch during the weekends and wanted to try it out.

I started my lunch with my usual sweet corn vegetarian soup and we also had sweet corn chicken soup.