Raaz, Indian restaurant in Jersey City, NJ

 Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

It's been a while that I wanted to eat in an Indian restaurant in Jersey City, keeping a list of places in my notes gathered during conversations with my coworkers. I ended up at Raaz on a Saturday for lunch, going with one of my colleagues who was visiting from India. He went to this place few times and liked it, even if some of the taste was a bit Americanized. 

 Dining room at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Dining room at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Raaz, meaning secret, is conveniently located across the Newport path station. It is a fairly big place that serves a buffet during the week, and also on week ends. And it is a quite good buffet, offering a nice number of dishes, vegetarian or non-vegetarian as well as, this time, some Chinese dishes. Ok, I went back four times to get food, but it was to try a bit of every dish...

 Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Besides the usual red onions for additional heat and raita to cool down the palate, there was:

Samosa chat (a bit spicy and interestingly cut in half - I love eating it with tamarind sauce):

 Samosa Chaat at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Samosa Chaat at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Dahl makhni (I was surprised to see beans in it):

 Dal Makhni at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Dal Makhni at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

From the tandoor oven that we could see behind the buffet, we got Tandoori chicken (deliciously cooked, moist and with a nice kick):

 Tandoor oven at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Tandoor oven at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

 Tandoori chicken at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Tandoori chicken at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

I guess they were also making the fluffy and buttery naan we also got in the tandoor oven.

 Naan at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Naan at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

 Rice pulao at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Rice pulao at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

There was rice, but I admit that I ate most of my dishes with that delicious naan.

An interesting dish was idli sambar, idli being a sort of rice cake that you either eat with coconut chutney (hot) or sambar that is like a soup made with lentils, tomatoes and turmeric to name few ingredients. It is apparently more a breakfast dish. 

 Idli sambar at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Idli sambar at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

I admit that I did not really like the idli part of the dish (a bit bland, even when dipped in the soup), but enjoyed the sambar.

Other dishes included:

Mushroom mutter, mushrooms and peas cooked in onion gravy with spices (great vegetarian dish):

 Mushroom mutter at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Mushroom mutter at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Paneer in gravy (I cannot remember the name, but it was a creamy gravy that was fantastic):

 Paneer at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Paneer at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

My least favorite was Dhaba murgh or chicken curry, the chicken being dry.

 Chicken curry at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Chicken curry at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Last was Aag Gosht or goat cooked with khada masalas in an onion based gravy with coriander, cinnamon, clove and chillies. A fairly good dish, not that spicy.

 Aag Gosht or goat at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Aag Gosht or goat at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

And guess what? they had my favorite dessert: gulab jamun. I had to control myself not to go get more as they were so good, heavenly sweet. 

 Gulab jamun at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Gulab jamun at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

To accompany my meal, I had a mango lassi that was perfect. 

 Mango Lassi at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

Mango Lassi at Raaz in Jersey City, NJ

I liked the food at Raaz: it was tasty, varied and not too spicy with the right balance of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. I would surely go back, maybe for dinner!

Enjoy (I did)!

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