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Taj Mahal, Schenectady - new and improved

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Taj Mahal, Schenectady - new and improved

meg944 | Dec 29, 2008 06:01 AM

So, the Taj Mahal restaurant on Jay St. in Schenectady (across from City Hall) is under new ownership. They have fixed the place up a bit; though it is not an upscale ambience, it is nicer than most of the local store-front Indian places. We’ve gotten takeout a few times and been pleased with the change, but on Saturday we went w/ some friends for the lunch buffet, as we had heard they have some Southern Indian options on Saturday. For $7.95 each we got an extensive buffet w/ all the usual suspects (chicken korma, tandoori chicken, saag something, etc.) and a few interesting additions (like a dish w/ okra, and another that included sautéed eggplant) as well as salad and myriad condiments. They had a coconut chutney (spicy/sweet and so delicious - I could have eaten a plate of the stuff!) and a couple of starchy options that were from Southern India – one was a sort of doughnut but not sweet, and one was a kind of small savory cake made with rice flour. They also had a lentil soup that I was told was southern. They brought several baskets of fresh, hot naan to our table, which was a nice touch. I think Karavelli in Latham is probably still my favorite, but for something a bit different at a very reasonable price, (and in my case, a very short travel time) I would certainly recommend Taj Mahal.

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