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Finally made it to Deccani in Edison, NJ

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Finally made it to Deccani in Edison, NJ

Louise | Jun 9, 2003 02:14 PM

Finally made it and it was every bit as tasty as I had heard.

It’s nice that they have 2 menus – a snack/appetizer (Tiffin) menu of the more usual (as in you come across it more often) Andhran vegetarian stuff and Hyderbadi, which has meat and is apparently quite unusual to come across in the tristate area. So it’s a great option for mixed vegetarian and non-veg dining groups. We ordered mainly from the Hyderabadi menu but also had a couple of bites from the former. The rundown:

South Indian tiffin menu:

Vada – lentil donuts with a yogurt and tamarind sauce.

Masala dosa – nice crisp dosa filled with potato and onion. We had to ask for the sambal it’s supposed to come with.

I’ve had better version of both of these but they were very good. And besides we were there for the Hyderbadi menu and will continue exploring the many highly recommended South Indian veg places in Edison.

Hyderabadi menu:

Appetizers:

Chilli chicken was a standout. Very nice, hot pieces of chicken, lightly fried. The leftover yogurt and tamarind from the aforementioned vadas went great with this.

Eggplant bhajees – don’t see this too often. Thinly sliced and batter fried. Excellent and not very greasy at all, as bhajees/pakoras can be.

Lentil soup – someone on here had said they usually don’t like lentil soup but liked this. I have to admit, I’m not a huge lentil soup fan either but this didn’t convert me. It’s definitely very different from any other lentil soup I’ve seen and hence might be good for other non-lentil soup fans. It was kind of dishwater-y and flavorless.

Sheekh kabob – (not called this on their menu, but I can’t remember what name they use for it) Delicious, and just different enough from the usual to be of added interest. They had a slightly more fresh, green, herby taste than the usual offering, and also a sprinkling of dry spice on top.

Mains: (can’t remember most dish names)

Capsicums stuffed with minced lamb – really good, nice and hot. I have not seen this preparation before.

Chicken with a peanut and cashew sauce – this sounded like it was going to be very unusual but the peanuts and cashews were hard to discern. It was actually not dissimilar from a slightly nutty tikka masala. It was very good.

Palak paneer – a very nice version of one of my favorites, but not the best. (the one I had last weekend at Delhi Darbar in Edison holds that title – it was much spicier and more flavorful)

Mutton biryani – this is a specialty there and it was delicious. My friend makes one better but this was close!

We ordered a Ceyloni naan, which is supposedly a spiral bread. What we got seemed to me indistinguishable from regular naan but was very good nonetheless. We ordered a garlic naan that never turned up.

Too full for dessert but they have a nice selection

No booze but BYOB. Very reasonable prices. Nice service. Child-friendly.

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