Moksha , featuring South Indian cuisine, is owned and operated by the Mehtani Group which operates no less than nine restaurants in New Jersey . Three of those restaurants (Moghul, Ming and Mithaas) are located in the same mall as Moksha.
Moksha opened about 14 months ago in the premises formerly occupied by the Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, a long time Edison favorite which had fallen out of favor in recent years. We first went to Moksha for lunch shortly after it opened and it wasn’t entirely a pleasant experience. We went there again last week to sample the lunch buffet and this time it was much more enjoyable.
Every other Indian buffet that I’ve been to offers at least a couple of appetizers; Moksha’s doesn’t. I like to start off with a couple of bhajias or vadas or some chaat, so I felt a little deprived. There were two chicken dishes, a Homestyle Chicken Curry which was very good and a flavorless Chicken Sukha. The vegetarian dishes that day were very good. There was a signature Andhra dish Guthi Vankaaya ( Baby eggplants in a spicy gravy), Bottle Gourd and Channa Daal Kootu , Urulai Podimas (Dry Curried Potatoes) and Jeera Pappu ( a thick cumin flavored daal ). There were three kinds of rice : Plain Rice, Masala Rice and Curd Rice; three chutneys ( tomato, garlic, and coriander), a chopped mixed salad, Tomato Rasam, crisp papaddams and mango pickle. All the dishes were flavorful and tasty and the kootu and pappu were excellent. Two criticisms–the Guthi Vankaaya, while flavorsome, had been overcooked to the point where the eggplants had disintegrated into the gravy, and the rasam was overspiced and salty. One very nice touch was that parathas and soft little dosas were served freshly made and piping hot. Dessert was a vermicelli kheer with slivered almonds and raisins. Overall, the buffet at Moksha was quite satisfying. The price ( $ 13 on weekdays, $15 on weekends) was at the high end for such offerings but can be justified on the basis of Moksha’s superior ambiance.Take a look for yourself. Go to
and click on Moksha. The furnishings , the table settings and the cutlery are superior to those usually encountered at such establishments and are worth the extra couple of dollars that the Moksha buffet costs.
On our first visit to Moksha, there was no lunch buffet and we ordered from the a la carte menu. I don’t recollect all the dishes we ordered , but the Kori Gassi ( Mangalore chicken Curry) was delicious as was the Malgova Pudding ( mango and shredded coconut pudding).What I do recollect was that the curries did not come with rice. The waiter explained condescendingly that Moksha was based on a new ‘concept’ . The ‘concept’ seemed to be that diners had to order either a pulao or dosas ( 2 little dosas for $5) to sop up the curry. I don’t think plain rice was available ( I could be mistaken). It is available now for $6 an order. Six dollars for plain white rice !! I think that’s outrageous considering that the a la carte prices are not cheap. Average prices are $7 for appetizers, $16 for non veg. entrees, $13 for vegetarian entrees, $7 for salads and $12 for pulaos.At these prices, the least Moksha could do would be to cut back the price of plain rice to a more reasonable $3.
Moksha does offer a fine dining experience but it would be wise to go there for the luncheon buffet rather than an a la carte meal. If you do go there in a weekday evening , the South Indian thali ( $15) seems like a sensible option.
Moksha. 1655 OakTree Road , Edison NJ 08820 . (732) 947-3010. Closed Mondays.