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October 1, 2010
379 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
  • Cost: $$
  • Alcohol: BYO
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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October 1, 2010

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Until I have a lot more Indian food under my belt, literally, my criteria are simple: hit me with intense spicy flavors; let me taste something delicious I’ve never had before; and make the garlic Naan hot and fluffy. Montclair’s Aroma Palace does all of this. The large triangular Mysore Masala Dosa (rice and lentil crepe filled with hot chutney, onions, potatoes and nuts) packs a fiery spice. My wife ordered Uthappam, something we had never tried before, a rice and lentil pancake served with a cooling fresh coconut chutney and a small bowl of Sambar, the South Indian vegetable stew. The puffy garlic Naan is fresh and hot. More common dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala (my wife’s favorite) are also very good.

Aroma Palace’s food is better than most suburban New Jersey Indian restaurants outside of the Iselin-Edison-North Brunswick corridor, the service is friendly, and prices are reasonable. My only concern is that the dining room was empty on a Friday evening. C’mon people, support exceptional Indian food in Montclair.

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