Years ago, my best friend, Patty Pino, turned me onto Indian food. Now, being a Southern-born boy raised by parents born and bred in the heartland of Ohio, I didn't have a clue what constituted Indian food outside of the strange yellowish "curry' my mom would attempt once a year trying to be more "culturally diverse". Let's understand something right off the bat: "Curry" made by a middle-aged suburban military housewife from Sandusky, Ohio stationed in Quantico, VA will NEVER be considered Indian cuisine.
Well, thanks to Patty who DID know good Indian food, all those years later, she turned me into an Indian food junkie. Next, to Mexican food and anything from New Orleans, I could live the rest of my life living on all things edible from this great country to the East. In fact, I swear that one day I will set food up on it's sacred ground and experience all that India has to offer first hand. Which is why, living in Parsippany, has ironically turned out to be the most amazing place on Earth for me. Why, you ask? Because there are such only an abundance of Indian restaurants in our area but many GOOD Indian restaurants, at that. So, let me start by discussing one of my favorites, the always reliable and consistent in service and quality, Baadshah.
As is the case with almost every Indian restaurant located in Morris County, Baadsha can be found in the strip mall adjacent to the Clearview Cinemas, next to Home Goods. Never let the location of a restaurant turn you off. Some of the greatest meals you will ever have come from places located between a Krauser's and a Radio Shack. Baadshah is one such eatery.
Combining both choices from Southern and Northern Indian, whether you are a vegetarian or enjoy meat with your meal, Baadshah has something for everyone. Their weekly luncheon buffet and dinner buffet Monday through Thursday nights, make it totally worth the trip. They never fail to offer a huge selection of options from their menu. From the appetizers of pakoras and samosas to the aloo papri chaat , your meal starts off wonderfully. The rice is always fluffy and delicious and just perfect to slather with daal or eggplant. Do not miss out on their Lamb Rogan Josh. Tender cubes of lamb in a rich savory sauce that will have you sopping up what's left with the amazing breads you have to choose from off the menu.
My personal "litmus paper" test for an Indian restaurant is their Chicken Tikka Masala. It is the standard to which I judge all things when having Indian food. Bad Chicken Tikka Masala? Brett will NOT be a happy boy. Well, Baadshah's is one of my favorites. Probably would place it in my Top 5 Chicken Tickka Masalas. It's creamy tomato sauce swims with onions, peppers and gorgeous pieces of chicken. I always hurt myself by having to go for seconds when I do the buffet. I don't want, I have to.
So, for those of you who have never attempted Indian food, start your journey with Baadshah. If you are already an experienced and ardent fan of all things from this wonderfully diverse country, do yourselves a favor and stop by and see what yopu think.