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Jun 16, 2010 06:00 AM

restaurants in Somerset area


My SO, daughter and I are headed down to Somerset for a few days. I started digging around in the boards but am running out of time before our departure tomorrow morning, so I am asking for interesting restaurants in the area--not limited to Somerset but probably within 15 or 20 miles maximum. We tend to favor serious ethnic restaurants, especially Asian. Tapas would also be great.

Thus far, I have uncovered Hoysala, Chopstick, and Coriander. Are they all still in business? Comments? I doubt our daughter would like to eat Indian food every day.


Hoysala Restaurant
2 John F Kennedy Blvd Ste 5, Somerset, NJ 08873

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  1. definitely look into somerville which is 15 minutes away from somerset. there are a ton of ethnic restaurants there

    1. Ovations for great sushi + Asian dishes is on Weston Mill Canal Road (#12 off of #287) which is just outside of Somerset. To Somerville for French Thai and Origin (on Division St. which is the first light (a left) once you pass the Somerset Co. Courthouse on your right. The best Thai in the area is but 10 minutes away in So. Plainfield (Exit #5 off of #287) at Four Seasons. Right at light off exit and it's 3 miles down on your left (in a strip mall). Italian you can't get anywhere, though I'm partial to Girasole on Rte. 28 in Bound Brook.

      Be forewarned, that Exit #10 Easton Avenue (northbound) is closed for the next 3 weeks. SB is ok. If heading north, proceed to #12 Weston Mill Canal Road and circle back if you're staying at a hotel in the area.

      Let us know how you made out and what worked for you.

      1. If you're willing to consider something from the western hemisphere as "ethnic", you might want to try Real Jamaican Jerk an' Ting on Hamilton Street. Watch for a bright green and yellow building on the way to New Brunswick.

        Real Jamaican Jerk An' Ting
        500 Hamilton St, Somerset, NJ 08873

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        1. re: fpatrick

          Thanks to all of you! This is most helpful. I will report back on where we end up eating.

        2. I absolutely love Hoysala, especially their lunch buffet. It is extremely good value and there is a large selection of items, including vegetarian (it's southern Indian cuisine). I have no hesitation in recommending it. And the dosa are fantastic!

          Within 15-20 miles of Somerset there are dozens, if not hundreds, of restaurants that you might enjoy. For outstanding sushi, you should definitely go to Shumi in Somerville. Although Shumi does serve other Japanese foods, it's the sushi that attracts people to this restaurant. In nearby Bridgewater, you might go to Fortune Cookies, which serves authentic Chinese food . Make sure you try the fly heads!! LOL

          For tapas, you should consider Tapastre in Somerville which emphasizes cuisines from the Mediterranean area - Morocco, Greece, Israel, etc. as well as Italy and France.

          Shumi Restaurant
          30 S. Doughty Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876

          Hoysala Restaurant
          2 John F Kennedy Blvd Ste 5, Somerset, NJ 08873

          1. O' Connors ( changed ownership and will soon be Stage House Tavern, and has just changed the menu (not even yet on their website, but look on www.stagehouserestaurant, and the menu is very similar)

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            1. re: new jersey

              this is EXCELLENT news as i live so close to there but have never had great experiences there! maybe new management will change that... any idea when?

              1. re: p314n

                the menu has been changed already, but the place will go through a big renovation soon and will offer outside patio dining as well. For now they have put two big tv's in the main dining room and changed the whole menu.

                1. re: new jersey

                  The Stagehouse Tavern burger is terrific.