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Feb 10, 2011 07:11 AM

Bombay Gardens, East Brunswick

Was going to head there for lunch today. Glad I looked around. According to Yelp, it's closed:

Maybe something else will go in it's place? (just not Italian, please!


Bombay Gardens
1020 State Route 18 Ste J, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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  1. I live behind that particular shopping center and was very surprised but Bombay Gardens is now closed. Your choices are now Brothers Pizza, good but nothing to write home about,, Gusto Grill, which is decent and have good lamb chops, or Sunny Palace which has passable Chinese but is better known for Dim Sum on weekends. All are on route 18.
    Good Luck....
    PS: There is also Shogun Japanese in the same strip mall but I have not eaten there in years and was not anything to write home about then.

    Gusto Grill
    1050 State Route 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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    1. re: Duppie

      I drove by there today. No signs of anything coming soon. In fact, I'd say more than half of the stores in that strip mall had "For Rent" signs in the windows. Sad.

      I ended up eating a grilled "Double Down" from KFC. Great for a low-carb lunch!

      1. re: MarlboroMan

        Yes, that particular strip mall has been half vacant for years now and I don't need to tell you that East Brunswick is abundant in fast food and chain restaurants but rather lacking in anything approaching edible. I exaggerate of course but it does seem that way at times.

    2. if i saw this earlier, I would have said to go down old bridge turnpike to the continental provisions store/deli and get yourself a sandwich there.

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      1. re: jester99

        YES! Goose Liverwurst on Rye bread with mustard and a slice of onion. best. sandwich. ever.

        1. re: RPMcMurphy

          Well, I was heading north to the Goodwill store with a van load of donations.. that and I'm currently not eating bread.. BUT, for that sandwich, I might have to make an exception. Also, I only like raw onion on chili dogs.. but, see preceding sentence. :)

          Where exactly is this place? Landmarks? I'll go just for the goose liverwurst!

          1. re: MarlboroMan

            Right next to the Goodwill store (well, a few doors down) is a reasonable Korean place. There's also a new kebab place we haven't tried yet between the two.

            1. re: eleeper

              That is Maru and while not a bad Korean Restaurant there are better in Edison. I like Chung Sol garden on Old Post rd because of their ban chan and great hot casseroles.

              Chung Sol Garden Corp
              560 Old Post Rd, Edison, NJ 08817

              1. re: eleeper

                my only problem with the Korean place is it's a little too pricey for the quality of food.

                I wanted to like it as it's almost walking distance for me....but id much rather trek to Kimchi Hana in Middlesex mall for korean bbq.

                I have'nt tried the kebab place yet.

                Kimchi Hana
                6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

            2. re: RPMcMurphy

              I went there today and the counter girl said they didn't have that; the liverwurst was regular pork. Disappointing but at least I got some kielbasa out of the trip.

              1. re: chuck98

                Bummer. There are 2 european provisions. both equally good, but I frequent the one on old bridge turnpike that has the gooseliverwurst. (made in house)

                301 Old Bridge Tpke
                East Brunswick, NJ 08816-2346
                (732) 254-7156

                1. re: RPMcMurphy

                  Ah, ok. I went to the one on Rt. 615. Maybe tomorrow.

                  1. re: RPMcMurphy

                    The Polish deli on Main St. ( Bordentown Ave. - Rt. 615) is called Continental Homemade Provisions. The one on OB Turnpike is European Home Made Provisions. No current connection that I ever heard of but there must be a story behind the very similar names.


                    European Home Made Provisions
                    301 Old Bridge Tpke, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

            3. oh no!!! My husband and i loved that place! We used to live in Sayreville and went there all the time. Since having kids we haven't been back there as much and the last time was probably over a year ago. We've brought friends from NYC there and they absolutely loved the place! I am very sad that it is gone.

              1. Went for a slice at Brothers this afternoon and lo and behold....Bombay Gardens is now Noor Palace. peeked in and grabbed a take out menu and the place is a step above BG in the decor dept, new furniture,wall hangings and front desk. Menu is standard south Indian fare but the prices are up. Has anyone eaten there yet?

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                1. re: Duppie

                  My husband and I stopped by one night after coming back from RWJ, we use to dine at Bombay Gardens, so we figured we would try it out. The husband and wife were very pleasant and accommodating, though we were the only customers there around 7:30 pm on a weeknight. We ordered a couple of vegetable curries, since we are trying not to eat meat for health reasons, and asked for everything to be made spicey. The owner checked in with us once we had tasted the food to see if the spice level was enough, and when my husband requested a little more spice he quickly wisked the dish away and was back
                  In one minute with a spicer dish. Overall, we were very happy with our meal, and the owners seem very eager to please. I live in Monmouth county where good Indian is not plentiful, and this was hands down better than anything I could get near me. Was it better that some places I've had in Edison and New York... No, but I hope people visit this restaurant because I think it deserves a try.

                  Bombay Gardens
                  1020 State Route 18 Ste J, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

                  1. re: emilyb27

                    Thanks. If I had seen them before wolfing down 2 slices,I would have tried it.

                    1. re: Duppie


                      You're not kidding, the prices are "up". Tandoori chicken for $16?

                      Quite interestingly, though, I think this is the ONLY time I've seen beef on an Indian menu.

                      I wonder if they have a lunch buffet? I would say it's most likely.. from the photos it looks like they're set up for it.

                      1. re: MarlboroMan

                        I just scanned the menu and did not notice that,Singas Pizza in Parlin has a ground beef topping option. Forbidden fruit?

                        1. re: MarlboroMan

                          I agree, the prices are high. Most of the vegetable curries are around the 13.95 mark where usually they are around 11.95. Though i have to say that after moving to nj from NYC I suffered sticker shock from the prices of Indian restaurant entrees, everything is much more marked up while quality is ok. I think Noor Palace is more in line with Monmouth county prices instead of being more competitive with Edison/iselin prices.

                          1. re: emilyb27

                            I'm with you, I remember many an Indian feast in the east Village at 3 am after a night of carousing and drinking too much. OK, the fare was not exactly Moti Mahal or Devi but it was fresh,spicy, filling and inexpensive.
                            I'm in Monroe now and the choices close by are varied,quite good and mostly a good value.

                          2. re: MarlboroMan

                            Just came from Noor Palace and boy was I disappointed after reading the reviews on this message board.

                            We started with the Samosas (ground chicken). The pastry dough was cooked well enough, and the flavor of the chicken mixture was spiced well, but the ground chicken was mushy like cat food.

                            Moving on the dinners, my wife's chicken dish (Hariyali Chicken) was A-OK. It was the gravy/curry kind. The menu is admittedly confusing on their part because Hariyali Chicken appears 3 times on the menu, and is prepared 3 different ways. Don't believe me, check the menu here:


                            I had the standard Chicken Tikka, and while the flavor was nothing to complain about, the preparation left much to desire. The texture of the meat was such that I very much doubt this restaurant owns a proper tandoori. Chicken Tikka that is overly moist on the surface and leaves the feeling of the meat having been steamed/boiled assuredly wasn't cooked correctly. And marinated in yogurt sauce ... absolutely not.

                            The aloo paratha ... eh. Tasted more like pastry with Colonial Diner's leftover home fries from earlier in the day.

                            The final insult is their attempt to appease/exploit families that have kids who won't eat Indian food. My 9yr old is picky, but we saw that they had a few "American Dishes" on the menu so we felt confident to bring him. We ordered the fried flounder and my G-d was that a disaster. Clearly frozen fish from a box with french fries that were cold and double fried. And worse, was $13 for that crap. The "American Fare" is clearly meant for kids and the portions and price is adult priced. That knowledge to me spells exploitation.

                            Had the food been consistently good, I might not have cared much about the price of the "American Fare" but when you put it in that light, it makes it seem all the more horrible.

                            I give this place 12 months at best if they don't dramatically improve.

                            Colonial Diner
                            27 Orient Way, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

                            1. re: booboo9000

                              Well, Noor Palace didn't last long. Now the space is "Thai Palace" featuring both Indian and Thai cuisines, at least according to the large sign draped over a car near Rt. 18.

                              Weird URL, but I managed to find it.


                              They might have been better off with "thaipalacenj" or some such variant.

                              The menu prices seem to be totally reasonable, but I don't see much on there in the way of Indian food.

                              1. re: MarlboroMan

                                Good lord...the only business that thrive in that half deserted mall is Brothers,Shogun {which now offers all you can eat sushi} and the parrot shop.
                                So now it Thai/Indian?.....cant wait to read a review of that one.

                                1. re: MarlboroMan

                                  Interesting, the owners of Noor Palace were nice, the place was named for their daughter.

                                  Up the road in East Brunswick Bollywood Tadka does a pretty good job with their Indian food.

                                  I will post my thoughts on Thai Palace once I get a chance to try it.

                                  1. re: jracpa

                                    Popped into Thai Palace today, to grab a menu. The prices seem pretty reasonable. It's just Thai for now, with Indian "coming soon." Also, a lunch buffet is in the works.

                                    Website is now

                                    Oh, and next door, coming soon is "La Crepe: French Bakery & Cafe".