The family that operates the Moghuli Foods trucks that ply the Yale campus in New haven (look near the Ingall's ice hockey rink) have opened a sit down restaurant in nearby Orange. It's only been open about two weeks and judging, from the other diners, the word has only reached the South Asian community thus far.
This is great news for anyone who sampled the feather-light samosas served up by the trucks.
We ate there last night and the first impression is decidedly a good one. We opted for two dishes that aren't on every other Indian menu. The Chicken Haleem is chicken and five kinds of lentils, cooked separately and then mashed into a puree. The Shami Kebabs, which turned out to be an appetizer (although not listed in that part of the menu), consist of beef, also pureed, mixed with chana dahl and spices, formed into patties and lightly fried and served with lemon and minted yogurt.
Both were very good as was the mixed vegetable appetizer plate. Another thing we liked, the nan was heartier, with a bit more "character" than the soft variety one usually sees.
They offer a lunch buffet (noon to 2:30) and from Monday to Thursday it's just $5.95 ($7.95 on weekends). If it's up to the standards of their other dishes, it is the best food bargain in Connecticut.
No beer or wine but you can bring your own.
157 Boston Post Rd
From NY take Exit 41 on I-95 and turn right on Boston Post Rd; from New Haven take Exit 42 and turn left of BPR.