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Moksha - Speaking of Indian Food in Edison

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Moksha - Speaking of Indian Food in Edison

sivyaleah | Jun 22, 2006 09:36 AM

After reading the post below regarding take-out Indian in Edison I suddenly realized my husband and I hadn't had Indian food in a very long time. We had not explored the Edison dining scene yet, in spite of the fact that we live relatively close by so it was a good excuse to finally do so.

So off we headed and figured we'd just eat at whichever place looked appealing to us based on the fact that everything on Oak Tree was supposed to be good. We didn't want take-out, or a low-budget atmosphere so we were trying to find someplace that looked a bit more upscale.

We suddenly spied Moksha on Oak Tree Road at the edge of a strip mall, and the sign said it was South Indian. This sounded great because we had little experience with the southern cuisine of the region other than dosais.

It looked like it might be closed but wasn't and for that matter, there were plenty of people enjoying themselves inside.

The food was very good, service was great, everything was plated beautifully and the restaurant itself was lovely.

We were pleasantly surprised by the heat of the dishes and found the combinations of flavors to be very much to our liking.

We split a banana flower fritter appetizer. We then split a chicken dish flavored with coconut. I think next time we'd ask for only white meat, because my husband prefers that, but the combination of dark and light really didn't spoil the dish for us at all.

We decided on plain rice (skipped the basmati this time), had a fried potato dish in a sauce of coconut, stewed tomatoes, cilantro and fennel, and a dosai with curry powder. All were quite spicy.

We both had one of their special drinks - no regular lassis here. His was made with melons and was frothy like a milkshake almost (come to think of it there may have been some vanilla ice cream in it), mine, if I remember correctly was rose water and melon. Really delightful and a good contrast for all the heat in the food.

I'll tell you, even the mix at the front desk you take at the end of the meal to cleanse your palette (you know, the rock candy/licorice/fennel seed) was superior to any I'd had before and far fresher - I think there was even a bit of salt in theirs and some other kind of seed which I couldn't quite place the flavor of.

I wonder if this is a new restaurant? It seems to be. It also appears to be well set up for banquet meals and celebrations. There was a large private room, a few tables for larger groups which is unusual to find most of the time tho maybe not in Indian restaurants.

Obviously you can tell we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We're glad we popped in without knowing anything about them and took a chance. We'll be back for sure.

Laurie

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