Where can you find excellent Indian cuisine in Denville, NJ? Look no further than Caffe Delhi at 276 East Main Street. Here you will find an extensive lunch buffet seven days a week.
Mondays through Fridays, the buffet is served 11:30 to 2 pm, while on weekends it begins at noon and ends at 3 pm. My friend and I ate there on a recent Tuesday when we enjoyed their lunch buffet. Dinner is served after 5 pm.
The restaurant is located in a strip mall, so there is plentiful parking. As one opens the door, Ganesh (the Elephant God) greets the lucky diner. Hanging on the wall in the hallway are two framed reviews. Entering the restaurant proper, the buffet table appears. Farther back in the room are a variety of seating options: tables for two, or four, or more.
Our waiter asked which Naan we would prefer. There were several options offered. We chose the Tandoor Roti, a whole wheat bread baked in the Tandoor. It arrived looking delicious, with a lustrous sheen.
Beginning at the buffet, there were condiments and a mixed green salad. A chafing dish of battered mixed vegetables and an appetizer labeled “Allo Tikki” came next. Following that were six hot entrees from which to choose, plus basmati rice. At the end of the line were three desserts. Three entrees were vegetarian specialties: Chana Masala (chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes); Aloo Gobhi Palak (a delicious preparation – golden in color – of cauliflower florets, potatoes, and spinach with tomatoes, ginger and spices); and Mattar Paneer (peas and homemade cheese cubes cooked in a creamy, mildly-spiced saffron-colored sauce). My companion swore that this latter dish must be cubed tofu. However, it was a homemade cheese.
There were two chicken dishes: Chicken Curry and Chicken Vindaloo. Both dishes were in a rich cream sauce with distinctively different spices. The Tandoor entrée was Chicken Tandoor, Chicken pieces marinated in lemon and spices (with this dish’s characteristic bright red color), then cooked in the Tandoor oven.
The desserts were: Keer, a basmati rice pudding; Gulab Jamun, a pastry ball soaked in milk and honey, afloat in syrup; and a golden, mango-hued ice cream.
Incredibly, the price per person for the buffet (from salad to condiments to entrees to desserts) and made-to-order Naan was only $8.95 per person – an incredible bargain. Both of us ate royally for under $20 before the tip.
Our waiter was always there to whisk a plate away or to refill our water glasses. He has been with the restaurant since it opened in 2012. Our waiter continued that there may be other restaurants in nearby Morristown or Parsippany which feature Indian cuisine, but many patrons have told him that they prefer the food at Caffe Delhi.
On the strength of our recent experience, I would agree with them. Try it soon!
276 East Main Street
Denvile, NJ 07834
For more visit www.caffedelhi.com.