Jersey City, NJ 07306
- Cost: $$
- Take Out: Yes
September 30, 2012
Sapthagiri is a must stop in Jersey City’s “Little India” for South Indian vegetarian cuisine.
The heart of Jersey City’s “Little India” is a two-block stretch of Newark Avenue between JFK Boulevard and Tonnele Avenue. I convinced my wife to do some field research for EthnicNJ a few weeks ago. On her way home from an appointment in Jersey City, she stopped at Sapthagiri (“Seven Hills”) for takeout.
After sampling all the South Indian specialties she came home with, Sapthagiri is at the top of my list of Indian restaurants to visit. We tried some tasty chaat: pani poori – crisp rice puffs accompanied by tamarind sauce, green chile, chickpeas and mashed potatoes. Sapthagiri’s masala dosa is just as large, but not quite as spicy, as the version across Newark Avenue at Sri Ganesh’s Dosa House. The chewy paratha (multi-layered whole wheat bread) is heavy with ghee. Paneer Makhini – cheese in a tomato and butter sauce – is also very good.
The stand-out dish for us was Sapthagiri’s vegetable biryani, a rich basmati rice cooked with yogurt and flavored with mint and coriander. It was still spicy for half an hour after you eat it. Even at home as take out, this biryani is one of the best we’ve tasted.
Sapthagiri’s menu is mostly South Indian fare, but they also serve some North Indian curries and tandoori dishes. A second location is in Franklin Park, NJ.