Sapthagiri

Jersey City, New Jersey

4.3 / 1 vote

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Vegetarian pan-Indian food

Specializes in hard-to-find South Indian vegetarian dishes such as upma, but also serves standard North Indian curries.

Added by conde.kedar on Jan 5 10 (last updated Jan 5 10)

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I loved this place!!!!!!!!! The firs two waiters weren't sure if any of their North Indian dishes were dairy-free (the menu listed paneer in most of them) but the 3rd guy we talked to knew what vegan was and was exceedingly helpful. He made a lot of menu recommendations and even warned me that most of the menu items come with butter/ghee spread on top so to just give the waiter a heads up that we wouldn't want that. He also told me about their newly-introduced pina colada, which is vegan, unlike lassis, which are usually the only non-soda beverages offered in Indian restaurants. Oh, I was also the only non-Indian person in the very busy restaurant most of the time I was there so that's a pretty good indication that the food is authentic.

Per suggestion, my dining partner and I started with the vegetable cutlet appetizer, which was basically deep fried veggie patties. They were very good and came with a tamarind dipping sauce and a cilantro dipping sauce that surprisingly contained dairy. I would not have expected this but the server warned me because he knew I was vegan.

As for my meal, I got the gobi masala curry (cauliflower w/ a tomato sauce) over rice. They didn't have brown rice, but considering I rarely see brown rice in Indian restaurants, I'm not surprised. The dish was good but I can't say it was my favorite dish ever. However, my partner and I also shared the poori bhaji (fried, puffy Indian bread served with a potato/onion/peas mixture) and it was spectacular. The serving sizes weren't huge but the prices were low, which is why I thought I'd need the poori, but I soon realized it was altogether too much food. That said, it was delicious so I'm really glad I ordered it.

I was talking to the server (who apparently is some PhD guy from Montreal who comes to NJ every weekend to help his friend with the restaurant) about vegan desserts and how great it would be for them to offer one (all of their desserts contain butter/dairy, which is pretty standard in Indian desserts). He said the restaurant had a vegan following so has thought about offering a vegan dessert. Super exciting. Please go to this restaurant and ask for vegan dessert!!!! :)

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Non-Smoking

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Cuisines

  • Indian

Features

  • Buffet

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Hours

11am - 10pm

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