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Raj C. Sinha | Dec 15, 2004 03:18 PM

Hey Guys

Being a Princeton area resident and a true
epicurean (translation: Food Groupie), I could not
resist the temptation to share my observations re
some the Princeton restaurants:

Indian: Masala Grill - Highly overrated
(notwithstanding the Zagat rating - but hey the
Zagat rating is not what it used to be!). The
food and the ambience are not the best - it's more like a cafeteria type set up (reminds me of school days!) Try Kalluri Korner - better alternative on Rt 27 North

Pizza: the undisputed king: Contes (down the road from Princeton Medical Center) - the best
thin crust there is - try with Sausage, Extra
Cheese and Mushroom toppings - followed by some
Bass Ale - ummm. Close second: Brothers Pizza on
Alexander by the Train Station - not thin crust
but wonderful

Italian: Try Theresa - near Palmer Sq - good -
the food is not heavy so that you can eat a Cannoli
after your meal. If you are a little adventurous - drive to the Trenton Italian neighborhood: "Berg" (near St Francis hospital)- just ask the locals and they will translate it for ya -it's full of fantastic Italian restaturants and service is wonderful - it's a true Bada Bing experience - don't forget to have a glass of Sambuca (ask the Waiter flame it for ya and impress your date - don't burn your eyebrow though)after your meal - it helps your digestion

French: Of course, it ís Lahiere's (on
Witherspoon) but if you are a purist - you are
not going to like it - they stopped serving signature french dishes like escargot (our son was very upset that he couldn't eat escargot on his birthday) and bouillabaisse - can you believe it - - what's up with that (the saving grace is that they still serve: Crème Brulée) - Try the Peacock Inn on 206 instead

Japanese: Being a New Jersey Bengali (you know Bengal - the land of Royal Bengal Tigers and all that) - I love fish. The best Sashimi can be found at Ichiban (on Witherspoon) - a very small but friendly place - best Ikuro Sushi (Salmon Row) in town

English: My wife grew up in England so she loves that fried, over cooked English stuff (I don't think there is any such thing as English Cuisine - is there?)Anywho, there is a little English Fish and Chips place right across from Kalluri Korner on Rt 27 North. Their Fish and Chips is good - make sure that you have a bottle of Malt Vinegar at home to go with your Fish and Chips

Chinese: I like Hunan style Chinese food (Translation: Spicy) as opposed to Cantonese style. Try Tiger Noodles on Rt 27 - best Beef Brocolli and shrimp fried rice in town

Ice Cream: Thomas' Sweet on Rt 27 (near the Movie Theater) is the best place to have some peanut butter ice cream (personal favorite) after a long week.

Bon Apetit & Happy Holidays

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