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Oct 122011

For some odd reason, Biryanis have become a big thing on the East Coast lately.

From Massachusetts to Georgia and perhaps even beyond, it seems like every other day a Biryani place is opening up in one city or the other on the Eastern seaboard.

In Edison, New Jersey, the two well-known Biryani places are the hole-in-the-wall Dakshin Express and Paradise Biryani Pointe, a larger operation with multiple branches.

Having tried Egg Biryanis at both places recently, SI’s verdict is that Dakshin Express’ biryani (below left) is nonpareil, good enough to be served to Gods while the Paradise Biryani Pointe’s biryani (below right) is unfit to be served even to dogs.

Words are so inadequate when it comes to expressing the divine flavor, the exquisite aroma and the orgasmic joy that comes from eating Dakshin Express’ Egg Biryani. :)

Au contraire, we feel like puking when we think of Paradise Biryani Pointe’s awful biryani and the spoiled gravy that accompanied it. :(

Egg Biryani from Dakshin Express and Paradise Biryani Pointe Edison, NJ

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Jul 272011

Just as we were at a loss for a good Indian entertainer in these hot summer days, comes a new twist in the latest episode of the Great Samosa Battle of New Jersey.

Think of it as Season 2 of the Great Samosa Lawsuit.

On one side of the Samosa legal battle, you have a bunch of vegetarians.

And on the other side, stands Moghul Express restaurant on Oak Tree Road, Edison (NJ) that we once reviewed negatively for serving crappy Indian food.

Yes, both parties in the Great Samosa Lawsuit are of Indian origin. ;)

Samosa Lawsuit of New JerseyGeneric Picture of Samosas

In Season 1 of the Samosa case, the plaintiffs (i.e. the Indian vegetarians who filed the lawsuit) lost the battle to win damages from Moghul Express for serving them Meat Samosas instead of the Vegetable Samosas they had ordered.

Citing spiritual injuries over eating the meat samosas, the 16 Indian Hindu vegetarians had asked for compensation for emotional distress as well as to participate in a religious purification ceremony along the Ganga River in the Indian holy city of Haridwar in Uttaranchal state.

The Indian vegetarians’ argument essentially ran as follows:

Hindu vegetarians believe that if they eat meat, they become involved in the sinful cycle of inflicting pain, injury and death of God’s creatures, and that it affects the karma and dharma, or purity of the soul. Hindu scriptures teach that the souls of those who eat meat can never go to God after death, which is the ultimate goal for Hindus. The Hindu religion does not excuse accidental consumption of meat products. One who commits the religious violation of eating meat, knowingly or unknowingly, is required to participate in a religious ceremony at a site located along the Ganges River in Haridwar, Uttaranchal, India, to purify himself. The damages sought by plaintiffs included compensation for the emotional distress they suffered, as well as economic damages they would incur by virtue of having to participate in the required religious cleansing ceremony in India.

Although Moghul Express acknowledged serving meat samosas to the party ordering vegetarian samosas, it won the first round.

Thank God, the Samosa case did not end there.

What would all of us desis in the Northeast starved for entertainment do.

Not for us, the effete Singham or Deiva Thirumagal.

Hey, we want something meatier oops juicier.

Moghul Express Battles Samosa LawsuitMoghul Express – Feels the Heat
(File Photo)

Mercifully for all of us, the aggrieved Indian vegetarians appealed against the original court ruling.

And the Good Lord heard our prayers for entertainment.

Now the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey has ruled on July 18, 2011 that the case can proceed on one of the grounds – Breach of Express Warranties.

With the case back in court, Season 2 of the Great Samosa Battle of New Jersey promises entertaining times ahead.

Moghul Express in Edison, New Jersey must certainly be feeling the heat.

Related Content:
Moghul Express Review

Jul 042011

When your restaurant is Spice Zone (Rt-27, Edison, NJ), baby, the least you can do is spice it up.

You know, give us a burning, tingling, sexy sensation. ;)

Spiceless Charade

Alas, alas, Spice Zone turned out to be a spice-less travesty that dashed all our hopes on the hard rock of a mediocre kitchen.

When you charge over $25 for our Indian food, we want full-service and good spicy food.

Not crappy spiceless food in plastic trays/plates and self-service. Comprende?

Chilli Chicken was not in the least spicy and to add gross insult to serious injury the sauce/gravy had a burnt flavor. :(

Vegetarian Manchurian was not only spiceless but the texture of the ball was thoroughly messed up. Way too soft and mushy!

Tasted Yuck! :)

Spice Zone Indian Chinese Non-Veg PlatterDeceptive Looks – Lousy Vegetarian Manchurian (bottom left),
Spiceless Chilli Chicken in Burnt Sauce (bottom right)

Samosa Chaat was another Himalayan disappointment. Continue reading »

May 032010

How naive we were.

We thought Anil Ambani’s Big Cinemas’ Movie City theater on Oak Tree Road in Edison, NJ would improve after the renovation.

Shows how little we know.

The theater is still a dump and richly deserves the MovieShitty curse.

Here’s what we’ve seen at MovieShitty, post-renovation:

* Pee all over the toilet floor. (Now, don’t tell us Indians don’t know how to pee.)

* AC is not switched on even if it’s very hot inside the hall.

* Sound System is awful.

* Concession-stand staff who don’t know how to even operate the computers when we order snacks.

* Credit card terminals that don’t work.

We don’t know what the hell is wrong with Big Cinemas head honcho Anil Ambani that he allows the morons at MovieShitty to spoil his entertainment company’s reputation with such poor service.

Folks, we strongly recommend you avoid MovieShitty.

Regal, AMC and Multiplex Cinemas at Towne Center (in East Windsor) are a million times better than MovieShitty.

Show MovieShitty the middle finger with gusto.

The scumbags deserve it and hopefully when the box-office and concession stand sales go down the schmucks will get their act together.

And to all regional film distributors/producers we say, it’s high time you started looking at alternatives to MovieShitty if you want to provide a decent viewing experience to your customers.

Related Stories:
Movie City (Oak Tree Road, Edison) Review: Total Disgrace

Jun 022009

These days, murder seems to be Saravanaa Bhavan’s raison d’etre.

Picture this South Indian vegetarian restaurant’s shady reputation:

* Saravanaa Bhavan’s founder P.Rajagopal murders people, literally.

* Saravanaa Bhavan founder’s son P.R. Shiva Kumar murders U.S. immigration laws, allegedly.

* Saravanaa Bhavan Edison (New Jersey) murders diners, figuratively.

Murder most foul, as the Ghost laments in the bard’s Hamlet.

In Hindu mythology, Saravana is a sacred pond. In the Kali Yuga (modern era), Saravanaa Bhavan is a metaphor for murder.

Shiva. Shiva.

Enna Kodume Saar, idhu (what agony).

Saravanaa Bhavan Edison Murders Indian Cuisine
(File Photo)

Just Entitlements
When you pay $9 for a dosa, the least you are entitled to is that someone will fill your water glass at least once during your meal and be around when you want to order more items.

When you visit a full service restaurant, the least you are entitled to is that your young male waiter won’t be busy playing Krishna with the three Gopika colleagues at the cash counter and pay more attention to diners.

When you pay $5 for two Mirchi Bajjis, the least you are entitled to is that the accompanying Chutney is not spoiled.

Will someone please tell the restaurant’s schmuck owners that Saravanaa Bhavan Edison in New Jersey is not a takeout pizza or taco joint where Continue reading »

Mar 272009

Folks, let’s face it.

Most Indian restaurants in New Jersey exist for the sole purpose of tormenting unsuspecting diners unlucky enough to step into their portals – they dole out huge dollops of ugly food, serve big helpings of trashy service and overall serve as bad poster boys for our wonderful cuisine, be it North Indian, South Indian, Gujarati or even Indian-Chinese.

Thankfully, there’s the rare gem that we once in a while stumble upon in our never-ending pursuit of the holy grail of fine Indian cuisine.

Jhupdi was one such rara avis in New Jersey, providing a welcome respite from the gaggle of awful restaurants like Urban Spice, Moksha and Nanking in the Edison/Iselin area that besmirch the fine reputation of Indian food.

Located on Oak Tree Road, a little away from the main strip of the Indian stores and restaurants and serving Gujarati food, Jhupdi is a treat for connoisseurs of Indian cuisine.

Being the gourmands that we are when it comes to Indian food, we ordered both the Kathiawadi Thali ($14.95) and Jhupdi Special Thali ($15.95).

We liked much of what we tasted at Jhupdi. An embarras de richesses, if you ask us.


Having lived long years in the U.S., we are no strangers to Gujarati food having tried it elsewhere – at restaurants (for instance at Chowpatty, down the road from Jhupdi, Rajdhani et al), Gujarati temples and friends’ homes.

So we can boldly assert that the Jhupdi food does thrill the palate and is on par with the best Gujarati fare we’ve had over the years.

From the lip-smackingly good Kadhi to the tasty Gobi Fry to the pleasing array of curries (Turia Curry, Beans Curry, Baingan Bharta, Undhiya), there was little in our two Thalis that didn’t titillate our demanding palates. Continue reading »