Spice Zone – Spiceless Travesty in Edison, NJ

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.

Food, in our not so humble opinion, must be prepared by cooks not by the fellas at the cash counter.

We knew our goose was cooked when we saw the bespectacled Indian midget at the cash counter adding all the sauces and powders to the Samosa Chaat.

Plus, the Samosa was hard, the potato filling tasteless and the Mint Chutney dressing bitter and cold.

The Noodles was alright. Hard to screw that up, right?

Spice Zone Vegetarian Curry PlatterCurrying (Dis)favor – Navaratan Kurma (top right),  Naan (top left)
Bhindi Masala (middle right),
Dal (bottom right)

Bhindi Masala looked better than it tasted.

Navaratan Kurma was way too low on spice and flavor. Naan bread was OK but didn’t get us dripping down there.

Boondi Raita was a flavorless abomination that we wouldn’t serve even to Shahid Afridi. 🙁

Overall, the food at Spice(less) Zone looked good but lacked any of the magical flavor associated with fine Indian cuisine.

What Service?

Hey schmuck, the next time, you’d better serve people in the order they come in and place their orders. Why the f*ck did you serve the Paani Puri to those johnnies come lately before we got our Samosa Chaat!

When you can get a nice Indian buffet at nearby Coriander for $8.99 (week-day), why pay $8.50 for a crappy platter at Spice(less) Zone.

Folks, if you love good Indian food, if you value your hard-earned $$, then steer clear of these jokers at Spice(less) Zone on Rt-27 in Edison, NJ.

No way are we returning! Bloody Hell, we ain’t even placing our head (while sleeping) in the direction of Spice Zone! 🙁

Raise your middle finger to these Spice Zone bozos.

5 Responses to "Spice Zone – Spiceless Travesty in Edison, NJ"

  1. Naveen   July 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

    The food looks fine in the photos. Obviously all that glitters is not gold! 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    If Chilli Chicken is not spicy, ….. 🙁

  2. dpak.shimpo   July 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Your restaurant reviews leave our mouths watering!

    I do not and some how cannot eat much, but man, do you guys have a ravenous appetite always.. 😉

    You guys are lucky that so many Indian restaurants have set shop there, but here in Hiroshima, the number of Indian restaurants are less and the menu is always standard. Japanese apparently love the Naan bread so much and all the Indian hotels only sell only Naan with some curry and poor biriyani prepared with the sticky Japanese rice.. 🙁

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    True, we have lots of Indian restaurants in NYC/NJ/Philly region but most are trashy.

    BTW, we talked to a NYC Indian restaurant manager a few years back who boasted that his boss Emiko Kothari owned several Indian restaurants in Japan.


    Have you dined at any of the Maharaja Indian restaurants in the above link?

    • dpak.shimpo   July 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Yes. I have dined at the following places – Maharaja Tachikawa, Maharaja Shinyokohama, Kumkum Maharaja-Nishi-Shinjuku and Khazana Minatomirai. All of them are in the Tokyo area. I was in Tokyo for close to 3 years and have been there. Remember having Masala Dosa at Maharaja Shinyokohama, was good. The Dal Makhni at Maharaja Tachikawa was awesome and they had a decent spread for lunch buffets and priced cheap around 1000 JPY or about 12 USD.

      If you want to experience the best South Indian food in Tokyo, Dhaba India is the place to be. Very authentic, tasty food. Food is very expensive because it is just 10 mins walk from the Tokyo station. Dharrmasagara and Nirvana in the upmarket Ginza also serve very good South Indian food.

      You cannot complain of ambiance and service quality in Japan, because the Japanese people are known for that and they will just ignore your restaurant if you have a dingy, filthy place. So no qualms about that. Food is just ok. Spice level altered to suit the Japanese palate.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You write: You cannot complain of ambiance and service quality in Japan, because the Japanese people are known for that and they will just ignore your restaurant if you have a dingy, filthy place.

      In American society, price is increasingly the only consideration.

      People will forgive all transgressions in a restaurant as long as it’s cheap, and the forgiveness will be all the greater if there’s a coupon attached to the meal.

      Whether this is due to the slow pauperization of Americans or a distressing symptom of the gluttonous age we live in, who can tell. 🙁

  3. rama dasa   July 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Naan doesnt look too bad,at least yours was hot,iv been to places that served naan straight out of the microwave dimension!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ve seen some places take Garlic Naans straight out of packets and heat it up for us. 🙁

  4. tiramisu   August 13, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Well…speaking of microwaved naan and such similar abominations…. I ate lunch couple of weeks ago at a place called “Divine Curry” in Hillsborough, NJ.
    I think that this restaurant serves the worst Indian food this side of the Atlantic ! I have probably been to hundreds of Indian restaurants in the US over many years…but this one is up there.

    You can go there on a Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday..pick any day they are consistently bad.
    How do they achieve such consistency – simple – they reheat the same food that was cooked aeons ago and serve it again and again and again and…..

    Anyone here up for a challenge, Prove me wrong if you have the guts or (stomach !) .

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