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Kosher Indian Comes To Teaneck

I saw the sign up myself today for Shalom Bombay, I didn't have time to stop. It is on Cedar Lane, but closer to Teaneck Road, almost opposite the 7-11. Here is what I found on the web:

http://njmg.typepad.com/foodblog/2008...

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    1. re: tomby

      As we religious fanatics say, Bli Nedar, I will try to actually stop by there tomorrow to get more info

      1. re: vallevin

        Someone on that blog implied it would be meat. I'd LOVE that.

    2. I drove by again today -- no additional information (there was a sign that read "Opening Soon". All I saw was "kosher Indian", nothing about glatt, nothing about vegetarian, so it's anybodys guess at this moment. I tried to post a message about this to the TeaneckShuls message group, but it got booted by the moderators (they gotten very serious about businesses using the group for free advertising).

      Time to be patient.

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      1. re: vallevin

        hey everyone,
        my friend is the manager at this place. he says they are hoping to open next monday, the place is definitely meat and nder rcbc.....

        1. re: marissaj

          I am happy to hear that S.B. will be opening soon as I too have been driving by frequently just to check. I am somewhat disappointed to learn that it will be meat. The vegetarian kosher Indian places are successful because they do not need to alter their recipes to become kosher. Many Indian meat-based dishes contain dairy so some dilution of authenticity, as well as flavor, is inevitable.

          1. re: Kosher Critic

            I don't know if I agree. Yes, ghee is fundamental to many dishes like biryani, but in many cases a substitute like light olive oil can make very little different to the taste. Tandoori meats have no dairy component and most curries are already regularly made with coconut milk rather than cream.

            1. re: DeisCane

              Dear Deis,

              While the only "tandoori" meat dish I've eaten (tandoori chicken) was in the long-defunct Indian restaurant at the former Jerusalem Hilton, I am pretty sure that the real thing requires yogurt. Mind you, I don't care for yogurt-based sauces so maybe I will enjoy the fare at S.B. I am certainly trying to keep an open mind and I hope to be there during week one.

              1. re: Kosher Critic

                The Indian restaurant in the former Jerusalem Hilton, now the Crowne Plaza, is not at all "long-defunct"; my husband and I had a nice lunch there this past summer. It's called Kohinoor.

                1. re: Kosher Critic

                  Most tandoori chicken is indeed marinated in yogurt prior to seasoning and cooking but there is a semantic difference between a dish like Tandoori Chicken, which is traditionally marinated in tangy yogurt, and cooking meats in a tandoor, which is what I was referring to, and which does not require yogurt.

                  1. re: DeisCane

                    Yeah. There is no discernible yogurt at all once it is cooked, no sauce at all in fact, unless you get a tandoori dish like a malai or tikka masala. Those are tandoori dishes with sauces added later. Very tasty.

                2. re: DeisCane

                  Deis Cane, you're making Midas mighty hungry!

                  1. re: DeisCane

                    Dairy IS used in Tandoori meat dishes. Yogurt is used to tenderize the meat.

                    1. re: keedaah

                      Yes, as we all discussed already.

                  2. re: Kosher Critic

                    The meat Indian restaurant that used to exist in Queens claimed to use traditional Jewish Indian recipes (i.e. the modification to kosher happened a few centuries ago instead of yesterday), so at least from an historical perspective they were just as authentic as the treife recipes.

                  3. re: marissaj

                    Can you get me contact info for your friend (name & phone)? Someone in the community needs kosher indian for a party next sat. Night.

                    Thanks

                3. Here is the annoucement:
                  The long awaited Grand Opening of Shalom Bombay is finally here
                  tomorrow (Tuesday Nov 18th at 12pm).

                  Shalom Bombay Restaurant is the first authentic Glatt Kosher meat
                  Indian diverse cuisine in the Country. The restaurant located at
                  (166 Cedar Lane) offers an extensive selection of classic Indian
                  chicken, lamb, beef, seafood and vegetarian dishes. This colorful,
                  seductive space provides a warm, inviting setting for sampling
                  Shalom's own brand of unique Indian cuisine. Effortlessly melding new
                  flavors with traditional spices and recipes, the restaurant prides
                  itself on dishes possessing universal appeal. Begin your meal with a
                  helping of clay oven-baked naan or alu paratha, Indian breads that
                  are delicious. I advise you all to roll down your windows and ease
                  up on the gas - tantalizing aromas have been wafting over a plain
                  Jane strip mall on Cedar Lane for the past week. Our hours of
                  operation are:
                  Sunday -Thursday 12-3pm and then 5-9:30pm
                  Saturday Night - 1.5 hours after Shabbos

                  Don't forget to pick up a take-out menu and ask about our unique
                  private parties - We cater for all occasions.

                  Under RCBC supervision.

                  Regards,
                  Alan

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                  1. re: vallevin

                    They're not the first. There used to be a meat Indian place in Queens, which I liked the few times I shlepped out there, but it closed about 10 years ago.

                    1. re: zsero

                      Just curious . . . where was this Indian place in Queens? And does anyone know what it was called? I have lived in Queens for years and I don't ever recall an Indian restaurant under a good hechsher.

                  2. this was posted at teaneck groups
                    tomorrow (Tuesday Nov 18th at 12pm).

                    Shalom Bombay Restaurant is the first authentic Glatt Kosher meat
                    Indian diverse cuisine in the Country. The restaurant located at
                    (166 Cedar Lane) offers an extensive selection of classic Indian
                    chicken, lamb, beef, seafood and vegetarian dishes. This colorful,
                    seductive space provides a warm, inviting setting for sampling
                    Shalom's own brand of unique Indian cuisine. Effortlessly melding new
                    flavors with traditional spices and recipes, the restaurant prides
                    itself on dishes possessing universal appeal. Begin your meal with a
                    helping of clay oven-baked naan or alu paratha, Indian breads that
                    are delicious. I advise you all to roll down your windows and ease
                    up on the gas - tantalizing aromas have been wafting over a plain
                    Jane strip mall on Cedar Lane for the past week. Our hours of
                    operation are:
                    Sunday -Thursday 12-3pm and then 5-9:30pm
                    Saturday Night - 1.5 hours after Shabbos

                    Don't forget to pick up a take-out menu and ask about our unique
                    private parties - We cater for all occasions.

                    Under RCBC supervision.

                    1. This is amazing! Please, whomever gets there first, tell us all about your experience - taste, quality, ambience, pricing - this would be a great option for a special occasion! Also would love to know if they have lamb on the menu, I adore Indian lamb and never get a chance to eat it!

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                      1. re: rebeccafriedman

                        I ate there last motzei shabbos with a group of friends. When you go to this place do not expect pictures on the walls. I was told by a friend they were asked to remove them for avoda zara reasons. Their menu contains the most popular chicken, lamb and beef Indian dishes. The place is BYOB, the prices were expensive and the serving sizes quite small. The wait staff were also extremely slow; people came in after us and received their dishes before we did. I love Indian food so I asked what they used to make their dishes as a substitute for yogurt. For all those wondering, they use parve sour cream. I had chicken biryani which I thought was pretty good. One of my friends had Tandoori chicken; I didn't like it as much. In addition to paying for the main dish, you must also pay separately for basmati rice and Naan. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, I would give it a 3.