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shoshiedude Jan 12, 2011 03:45 PM

Need to take some people out and I want really really god Indian food, cheap or fairly cheap. Getting off the train at Iselin Metro Park and heading to New Brunswick. What's truly great? Thanks, Hounds!

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  1. sixelagogo RE: shoshiedude Jan 13, 2011 03:02 AM

    If chat (indian street snacks) are yer thing, then there's no better place than chowpatty, where you can try out an insane amount of them for cheap...Their dosa's are larger than a small child and cooked the way you've always wanted it cooked.

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      nynjfoodie RE: sixelagogo Jan 19, 2011 07:02 PM

      Chowpatty's sweets show is a great place to sample and take stuff home, but for a sit-down restaurant, I prefer Rasoi down the street (which is actually closer to Metropark Station).

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      Rasoi
      1567 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin, NJ 08830

      Chowpatty Restaurant
      1351 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin, NJ 08830

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        sixelagogo RE: nynjfoodie Jan 20, 2011 02:11 AM

        have you tried chowpatty's sitdown restaurant nextdoor? the snackshop is great, but I really dig their actual restaurant, as it's not yer typical/generic Punjabi focused cuisine (however much I love naan, tandoori, etc, it's refreshing to finally go to an Indian restaurant doesn't have the generic Indian/Punjabi/British menu)

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          ak08820 RE: sixelagogo Jul 16, 2012 06:46 PM

          I might add that Chowpatty is a Gujarati vegetarian restaurant and the primary cuisine is Gujarati.

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          HillJ RE: nynjfoodie Jan 20, 2011 02:25 PM

          Really enjoy Rasoi and Moghul only a few lights away.
          http://www.moghul.com/edison/

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          Rasoi
          810 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

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        dragonguy RE: shoshiedude Jan 22, 2011 06:38 AM

        I continue to enjoy the fresh wonderfully tasty and well cooked lunch buffets at SPICE MELANGE in downtown Metuchen

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          nynjfoodie RE: dragonguy Jan 22, 2011 08:14 AM

          Spice Melange is great too, I've found they're more focused on modern Indian rather than traditional dishes. They're also located closer to Metuchen train station (1 block away) than Metropark though.

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          Spice Melange
          419 Main St, Metuchen, NJ

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          Hanale RE: shoshiedude Sep 15, 2011 11:24 AM

          I tried Moghul earlier this year after reading good reviews of it. The soups were very small and our samosas were served cold. The waiter was nice when we asked for them to be heated up, but even hot they were just ok. I know there are a lot of Indian restaurant options in the Edison area, but I'm not sure what to try next.

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            HillJ RE: Hanale Sep 15, 2011 11:30 AM

            Hanale, have you ever tried Rasoi on Oak Tree Rd in Iselin? They serve family style buffet for lunch and off the menu in the evening. We've enjoyed it very much; especially the goat and lamb dishes. The last time we had lunch at Moghul, we weren't happy either. The sweet shop a few doors down was the only enjoyable treat that day.

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            Rasoi
            1567 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin, NJ 08830

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              chuck98 RE: HillJ Sep 15, 2011 04:03 PM

              I've heard Rasoi is good as well. Chand Palace in Piscataway seems pretty good to me, although strictly veg.

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              Rasoi
              810 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

              Chand Palace
              1296 Centennial Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

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                Hanale RE: HillJ Sep 16, 2011 01:40 PM

                Thank you, I'm excited to try your suggestions! I'm actually looking for vegetarian Indian dishes, whether it's the entire restaurant or just some of the dishes.

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                  Hanale RE: HillJ Sep 17, 2011 08:52 PM

                  I just got back from dinner at Rasoi in Iselin and I'm so happy that you recommended it because it was wonderful. My husband and I shared the samosa choley and the samosa chat. The chick peas that came with both appetizers were flavorful and they were filling enough that those could have been our dinner, but we also ordered a paneer dish to share. Everything was great and we're excited to go back there.

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                  Rasoi
                  1567 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin, NJ 08830

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                    HillJ RE: Hanale Sep 18, 2011 06:07 AM

                    Excellent, Hanale. I'm very happy for you that Rasoi was more to your liking.

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                      spike74 RE: HillJ Sep 18, 2011 01:56 PM

                      I had dinner at Rasoi Saturday as well based on recommendations here. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to having my leftovers tonight. Everything tasted homemade and more authentic than what I've had at other Indian places. Loved the mix of people at the restaurant too. It's so close to where I live yet hadn't been to the area.

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                      Rasoi
                      810 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

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                        HillJ RE: spike74 Sep 18, 2011 03:56 PM

                        The place doesn't look like much from the outside but the food is wonderful. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Rasoi as well spike74.

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                anne Gonsky RE: shoshiedude Sep 16, 2011 08:03 PM

                Wonderful veggie and non-veggie buffet lunch. Always crowded. Sophisticated seasonings. Don't be fooled by strip mall location (across from Bowcraft on Rt. 22). Ask for special bread that is not on the menu. Huge flat bread nicely seasoned with garlic, onion, black sesame seeds, etc. Worth the trip from Edison...

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                  Hanale RE: anne Gonsky Sep 17, 2011 08:57 PM

                  Anne, what is the name of the restaurant you're talking about? What town is it in? Do you just ask for "special bread" or does it have a name? Thanks!

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                    anne Gonsky RE: Hanale Nov 15, 2011 08:11 PM

                    New menu does include special house bread. Treat yourself...

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                  jkling17 RE: shoshiedude Nov 10, 2011 08:32 PM

                  Best Indian is NOT in Edison - sorry. Edison used to have a few good places but they got complacent and the quality went down, while prices went up and portions smaller.

                  If you truly want really good Indian, head down to Bristol Borough, PA to Cafe Bombay on Mill Street. They are byob. A finer Indian meal can't be had. You can get whatever spice level you want, 1-10 and 8-10 is no joke. It will be heat with flavor, at the same time. The chicken makhani is heaven on earth. His homemade ice cream ... oh my.

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                    HillJ RE: jkling17 Nov 10, 2011 09:38 PM

                    Appreciate the tip but this is the NJ Board jkling, not PA.

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                      jkling17 RE: HillJ Nov 10, 2011 09:54 PM

                      Granted. I lived in NJ for some 15 years and used to work in Edison. One can SEE NJ from the bottom of Mill Street - I promise you that the trip will be worth it!

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                        The Professor RE: jkling17 Nov 15, 2011 08:39 PM

                        There are still PLENTY of good Indian places in the Edison/New Brunswick area. After all, they cater to a very large Indo/Paki population.

                        In Somerset on Easton Ave, just over the border of the two towns, is POOJA. It's one of the best Indian restaurants I've ever experienced. Been there for both lunch and dinner a number of times, and it has been consistently top notch.

                        But hey...we all have our favorites... :-)

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                      joonjoon RE: jkling17 Mar 30, 2014 07:47 AM

                      I know this is old but you seem to be missing a couple of points...the thread isn't about the best Indian in NJ...it's about the best in Edison.

                      Second, if you had any idea how many different Indian restaurants are in the Edison/Iselin area you would never suggest one "Indian" restaurant that's better than everything there. Edison has such a depth of different types of Indian joints that there cannot be just one place anywhere that's better than everything.

                    3. michele cindy RE: shoshiedude Feb 29, 2012 09:41 AM

                      Re-generating this older thread... Are there any Indian Buffets that are really good and decently priced for a late lunch early Saturday dinner? Or is there one place that is a must go to destination. I'll be in the area with my family, thought we'd go for Indian. If not, we may just hit Spiritos in Elizabeth.

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                        HillJ RE: michele cindy Feb 29, 2012 09:56 AM

                        Rasoi 1567 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin, NJ 08830

                        mc, I stand by this recommendation. But, Spirito's is near and dear to my heart...so that's a difficult choice. How about Rasoi for lunch and a bar pie to go!

                        eta: now I've got Spirito's garlic salad and ravioli on the brain~!!

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                          michele cindy RE: HillJ Feb 29, 2012 01:31 PM

                          That sounds so good - I miss the best ravioli I've ever eaten.

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                        amirgold RE: shoshiedude Jun 26, 2012 12:13 PM

                        Dimple's Bombay Talk on Oak Tree Road. I am not of Indian descent but love fresh, vegetarian Inidan food and this place definitely fits the bill. Also reasonably priced and very clean.

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                          ansky4 RE: amirgold Aug 14, 2012 06:36 AM

                          Red Pepper on Route 22 East in Scotch Plains (opposite Bowcraft) has lunch and dinner buffets, reasonably priced and fabulous food. We went there for lunch but they are closed on Monday. Tried the Thai place in the same strip mall and they, too are closed on Monday. Ended up at the sushi place and had a very good and inexpensive lunch. Lunch specials from $7 to $10.00. They were crowded but I think it was due to the Monday closing thing. Give Red Pepper a try.

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                            rose water RE: ansky4 Mar 31, 2014 09:23 AM

                            Red Pepper is awesome, particularly their vegetarian fare. Much less excited about their rubbery flavorless chicken.

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                          Lenio RE: shoshiedude Mar 12, 2014 06:53 AM

                          It was a beautiful afternoon, I was hungry, and so husband and I headed to Little India with no expectations. Found a "Grand Opening" sign on a restaurant on a little side street, Marconi, called "Talk of the Town": a small vegetarian restaurant serving North and South Indian items, impeccably decorated, very clean, and comfortable. We both got the thali priced at $8.39. It was beyond our expectations, especially since just a few days prior we paid $14 for a thali at the newly opened Rajkamal, and were underwhelmed. I can't wait to go back to "Talk of the Town"and sample their other offerings.

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                            Bevion RE: Lenio Mar 29, 2014 06:45 AM

                            Lol....I had the total opposite experience. I had tried "Talk of the Town back in 2013 with a friend, the people were really nice but the food was awful. The chole bhature I tried was full of oil,and the food in the thali my friend ordered wasn't even warm. I bumped into Rajkamal last week and tried their gujrati thali for $10, the curries and daal were awesome and the food tasted just as fresh as homemade. Then again we all have our unique taste buds.

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                              Lenio RE: Bevion Mar 30, 2014 02:20 PM

                              Update: I did go back to Talk of the Town on a Saturday night and was disappointed. I tried the gobi paratha which -- although was large -- was too thick on the bread side with a smear of gobi. Also tried a veggie uthappam, which did not have that nice fermented cheesy flavor. Both the paratha and uthappam were pre-cut into quarters, and I prefer mine whole. So, I have mixed feelings about this place now. I am rethinking Rajkamal since I see that are offering a luncheon special now.

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                            chuck98 RE: shoshiedude Mar 29, 2014 12:56 PM

                            My usual place is now Hoysala in Somerset. Good quality, pleasantly hot. Gongura in Edison was my favorite but they don't seem to have buffet any more, just a plate they make for you.

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