Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bombay Talk

I was recently in Edison, NJ to do some errands. It's quite known that Edison has a large Indian population. So when the question of lunch was brought up, I jumped at the chance at eating there as well. So after everything was done, we walked over to Bombay Talk which is a diner looking type of cafe to get our grub on!
The place is medium sized, the service fast, and the kitchen open. However, be aware that water is room temperature here. It's in a pitcher on the table. Not too popular with Americans but just fine for Asians. Or me. I drink room temperature water all the time.

Anyway, the food. The menu is listed as fusion Indian food. It's fusion because it offers a variety of Indian cuisines, Chinese, Thai, and American. Is this some kind of magical restaurant?

To start, we had some sev puri that included puffed rice (bhelpuri), fried dough wafers (papdi), vegetables (lentils, onion, coriander), and string-like fried gram flour (sev). All together, I think it makes a pretty good snack to start the meal.
To start the meal, we had some chole bhature (spicy chickpea sauce with fried puffed bread). The bhature is the fried bread which is huge and filled with air. You rip a piece off and the steam flows out as it deflates. Eat this right away since it's freshly fried.
Take your piece of bread and add some of that delicious chole (chickpea curry-esque sauce) for a complete taste. It's really good and filling. The flavors are robust yet simple. I could easily eat this with the bhature as a full meal.
And what's an Indian meal without a couple of samosas (stuffed pastry)? These are of the veggie kind but were really huge! These two definitely fed the 4 of us. The dough was really crispy, crunchy good. That means it was freshly fried.
And here's a look inside. Lots of potatoes and greens peas with spices strewn around. The spices are very liberally applied and really kicked up the flavor of the samosa. I hate bland samosas which just taste of potato. This was definitely the opposite and quite tasty.
And lastly, we had 2 masala dosa which is a South Indian dish.
Masala is just spices, and a dosa is a pancake/crepe-like dough that's quickly cooked and folded over some filling.
Looking through the dosa and seeing spices around the inside of the thin pancake.
The filling that's found in the middle of the dosa was mainly spiced potatoes. You tear open your dosa and sandwich some potato between it. A really simple yet satisfying dish. Lots of spices make this interesting.
And as a sauce, they gave us some sambhar which is like curry. I, unfortunately, didn't like this too much so I passed it onto others. I liked my masala dosa just the way it was.

The food at Bombay Talk was really good. I would definitely go again and try some of their other dishes. Though the service can be a little abrupt but quick, don't take offense. It's of their culture to work that way. It's fast and efficient which is all I asked for.

Bombay Talk
1358 Oak Tree Rd # 1
Iselin, NJ 08830-1600
(732) 283-0066
bombaytalkusa.com

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