Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey’

Silk Road Restaurant Review

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Silk Road is one of my favourite restaurants in New Jersey. Silk Road is owned by a Afghan family, settled in the US and offers authentic Afghani cuisine. I have been a regular visitor to this restaurant for over six years now and have tried every single one of their vegetarian varieties.

Happened to go to Silk Road again this month and thought it is time I write a review about my experiences with Silk Road so far. We went there for dinner and I was surprised to see the capacity of the restaurant has been doubled. Then realized they have added the neighbouring shop and now it looks much more spacious than before. In addition, they have rearranged the furniture and quite a few things, to make it look much more spacious now. I like this setup better than the old one.

As always, we were welcomed by the ever smiling members of the family, who run the restaurant.


Mithaas – Restaurant Review

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Went to Mithaas last weekend before going for a movie and had a mixed experience there.

Mithaas is a part of the group that owns a chain of good restaurants such as Mughal (it is quite famous in New Jersey) and Ming (the Indo-Chinese speciality one). Mithaas was opened a few years back as a place where you can grab snacks, sweets related items, or have a quick bite, when you do not have a lot of time to wait and dine.

It was around lunch time and so I decided to order the Mithaas Special Thali. Mithaas Special thaali consists of with two rotis and a set of three side dishes. When we went it was dal makhani, baingan curry and one more item.

I have to say, I loved every single item in this dish and was quite impressed with the presentation too.

They also provide Raita and Cucumber as side dishes. Initially I thought I could mix raita with rice, but later I realized that it was not the right combination.

The only drawback with this restaurant is the quality of the service. I got a feeling that the staff there just did not care about the customers.

Initially, I realized they made us buy our own water. This is the only restaurant in the world that I am aware of that does not have any water served to the customers. Also, when they did not have change, they made it our headache to go back and ask them for the change if we wanted it. It would have been a wonderful gesture, if they offered to provide the change at the table, as soon as they got some change. They missed a golden opportunity to show that the class of their customer service can also match the taste of the food they prepare.



Paradise Restaurant in Plainsboro – Restaurant Review

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Last weekend was ‘Paradise Briyani’ weekend for me. I have now been to the one on Oak Tree Road, Route 27 and Plainsboro in New Jersey.

I have never been to the Plainsboro one before and was excited to go there on Saturday for lunch – given the fact that I had dinner at Paradise on Route 27, this should give you an idea of how much I love that place.

The name board at the place made me get a bit cautious. It was broken and appeared to be less cared about.

The Plainsboro Paradise Briyani restaurant has a lunch buffet and I was ready to try out this new one. The restaurant was quite empty at 1pm, when I was expecting it to be full – based on my earlier experiences in the other two branches.

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.


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.


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.

Swimming at Ricochet

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

After refusing to get a gym membership, finally I agreed this month to join my wife and son in their gym as a member. They have been members for many years, but I have always refused saying I do not believe in paying someone to stay fit. It did work, with cricket, badminton and exercises at home helping at lot. One thing I could not do is learn to swim the right way.


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.


Paradise Briyani Pointe – Restaurant Review

Monday, August 16th, 2010

We went to Paradise Briyani Pointe in New Brunswick for lunch yesterday. We are already big fans of Paradise because their briyani is one of the best briyanis we have ever tasted in any restaurant in the US and since their opening about two years ago, we have always gone there whenever we felt like having briyani.

I have heard of Paradise Briyani in Hyderabad, which is supposed to be the best briyani there. Though we are not sure if Paradise Briyani Point is tied up with the Hyderabadi chain, we love their taste. After opening in North Bruswick, now they have been well received and now they have opened in three more places in NJ, Oak Tree Road (Edison), Princeton (Hamilton) and Jersey City. I also found out that they have one branch each in Dallas, Raleigh and Virginia.

Yesterday we decided to go to Hoysala for lunch, as my son loves their Chicken 65. As soon as we reached Hoysala, we realized that there was a long wait for atleast 15 to 30 minutes. Little do they know that even after they seat us, I usually request them to bring something to eat, while we are getting ready to order. Since it was a long wait, we decided to go to Paradise as it was a long time since we went to the North Brunswick location (we have been going to the Oak Tree Road one more often now).

Yesterday was the first time we went to Paradise for lunch and were surprised to see they had ‘Independence Day Special Lunch Buffet’. Yes, their chicken and vegetable briyanis were a part of their lunch buffet. Surprisingly there was not much crowd – contrary to what we saw at Hoysala. In any case, I was really happy as I could start eating right away.

There were quite a few items in the buffet.