I have been on the hunt for a delicious Indian restaurant for the past 2 years. I hadn’t had much luck, but recently that has changed. When I was invited to Monsoon in Cherry Hill, NJ it more than met my expectations for fine cuisine. The restaurant is located on the corner of a cute little shopping center. During the summer months they have outside seating on the patio, and inside the décor is contemporary with a little Indian flare. They also offer a private room for parties or business meeting dining.
As we sat down and started to browse the menu, the options were endless with delicious choices. The owner, Ray, was kind enough to chat with us about the different dishes. I told him I loved spicy food, and he was quick to mention how authentic Indian food is not typically “spicy,” but flavorful with “spices.” There are plenty of dishes that don’t have any heat at all, but will leave the taste buds wanting more. Many people hesitate trying different foods because they don’t know this.
We didn’t know what to go for on the menu, so we left the options up to Ray and I’m so glad we did. My kids also enjoyed the experience and had their very own favorites dishes. They are 7 and 8 years old, so if they are trying it out and loving it, then you should too. Below you will find a list of all the dishes we got to try.
Hands down this place has now become my go to place. We will be returning soon. If you are new to Indian food or love it, this is the place for you. It will not disappoint.
Let’s start with the appetizers.
SAMOSA (These have always been a favorite of mine, they also make the dough in house fresh everyday. This is a plus in my book)
Crisp pastry stuffed with spiced peas and potatoes
EGGPLANT CHATT (This was the families absolute favorite dish, so delicious)
Eggplant wafers topped with spiced onions, tomatoes and a perfect blend of sauces.
SALMON RAITA ( I could have had this dish as a main dish, very flavorful)
Salmon with yogurt and mellow spices.
Moving on to the main courses.
LAMB ROGANJOSH (The lamb was seriously melting in my mouth and the spices were on point)
Lamb curry cooked with cardamom
BUTTER CHICKEN ( Ray suggested this dish for the kids and boy was he right the kids loved it)
Tandoori chicken simmered in a creamy tomato gravy
MALAI KOFTA (these marvelous clouds were packed with amazing flavor)
Vegetable dumplings stuffed with fresh basil and herbs
SAAG PANEER (if you love cream of spinach this side dish will take it to the next level. The creaminess and flavor was out of this world)
Cubes of paneer in an herb enriched creamed spinach
We also received some NAAN bread which I’ve only tried plain. But Monsoon kicks it up with different flavors. My daughter could have eaten the whole thing.
ONION NAAN (this was my favorite)
KASHMIRI NAAN stuffed with dried fruits and nuts
And of course we can’t end an amazing meal with dessert. At this
point I was so stuffed, but I knew I wanted to try the desserts.
GULAB JAMUN (full of flavor, cardamom is so under used and I love how they incorporated it into this dessert)
Scrumptious deeper fried milk and flour drops soaked in a warm rose water syrup infused with cardamom seeds
ORANGE KULFI (The kids were
obsessed with this dessert. Perfect for the summer time)
A popular Indian style ice cream made with fresh oranges.
GAZAR HALWA (Carrot pudding but it also reminded me of a deconstructed carrot cake)
Made with milk and carrot sprinkled with nuts and sweet raisins
RASMALAI (This dessert was very delightful. If your not into something so sweet this is perfect)
Delicate sponge cheese patties, smothered in a pistachio, cardamom seeds and saffron cream
KHEER ( I grew up eating rice pudding but the flavors in this pudding were outstanding)
Made with rice and milk, flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios and almonds
My mouth is actually watering while I finish this post and share this experience with you. I also forgot to mention its a BYOB which is a plus. For more information visit http://monsoonindiancuisine.com/