Archive for September, 2011

Tortas Frontera Revisit #2

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Tortas Frontera Revisit #2

Good Food : 4/5 | Good Service : 4/5

An early morning layover in Chicago-O’Hare found me in line for another torta before my connecting flight. This time, I decided to try the Chipotle Chicken torta. This torta comes loaded with their refried black bean spread, poblanos rajas, slices of avocado, fresh arugula, crumbled Chihuahua cheese and cilantro crema on top of crunchy breaded chipote chicken strips. The chicken was crispy crunchy fried batter layer on the outside encasing moist chicken breast meat. The slightly bitter arugula leaves helps balance the heavy bean spread, while the cheese and crema help add a layer of creamy fat. As usual, the torta was toasted in the griddle before final packaging. This was very yummy as I didn’t feel like a meat-heavy torta.

Baadshah

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Baadshah
Morris Hills Shopping Center
3079 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ  07054

Good Food : 4/5 | Good Service : N/A

Location – shopping plaza near the HomeGoods store.

Another hankering for Indian food while in New Jersey led me to Baadshah. Baadshaah offers food cooked in the style of both Indian and Pakistan cuisine. To support the local Islamic and Muslim communities, Baadshah proudly boasts only uses Halal meat. For first-timers to Indian cuisine or those who feel adventuresome, they offer both a lunch ($9.95) and dinner ($12.95) buffet option, which allows you to sample a range of both meat and vegetarian entrees. My visit was a takeout night, which is why I don’t have a rating for the restaurant service.

For my dinner, I ordered their vegetable samosas and the chicken biryani dish. The vegetable samosas were perfectly fried triangles, stuffed with the traditional cubed potatoes, green peas and spiced with red pepper flakes. The filling was slightly salty but very tasty.

Dinner orders come with 3 different chutneys. The cilantro chutney was slightly spicy with a hint of mint. The plum chutney was slightly sweet w/plum, peppery/coriander layers of flavor. And the pickled onion, tomato relish had a  slightly sweet tomato flavor and a very strong onion bite (due to the type of onions used?).

For the Chicken Biryani, I got not only chicken pieces, but 1 tomato wedge and 4 bell pepper slices mixed into my rice. This dish was heavily seasoned – you could taste the many spices used to flavor the rice, including tumeric and fennel seeds). Fried onions and cilantro were mixed into the rice. Unfortunately, the chicken pieces were on the slightly dry side – but there was a generous amount in my container. The dish comes with a container of yogurt raita – your typical watery yogurt sauce with grated cucumber, spices – with the biryani, the raita worked as a nice palate cleanser and also complemented the samosas very well. The biranyi was also lightly heavily salted, but the raita helps cool the dish’s aggressive spicy profile.

Unfortunately, the salt balance in the dishes and raita stacked increasingly, and I ended up feeling overwhelmed with sodium at the end of my meal. Which was too bad, as the dishes overall were authentically seasoned.