On Friday night, the Small Chick and I got mehndi at Mehndi in Morristown from the lovely lady doing henna artwork during dinner. Every Friday night, the henna artist is there to give mehndi artwork for free on a tip-by-tip basis, with the standard tip being about $5 per person. We also enjoyed a delicious press dinner with several other local New Jersey journalists and enthusiastic foodie representatives.
The meal was served family style. Appetizers were aplenty since we were given Maachli Koliwada (deep-fried tilapia), Paneer ke Sholay (homemade Indian cottage cheese, celery, carrot, and green chili) Mango Jhinga (jumbo shrimp, onion, tomato, ginger, and fresh mango), and Tandoori Lamb Chops.
The main course dishes were Parda Biryani (bone-in goat, basmati rice, saffron, cinnamon, clove, mint, and green chili), Bhey Kofta (lotus root dumpling and mustard termping), Baingan Bharta (eggplant concasse, green peas, tomato, onion, and whole red chili), Murgh Tikka Masala (boneless tandoor-baked chicken, onion, and tomato-based sauce), Garlic Naan and Rosemary Naan, Jeera “cumin” Rice, and House Raita.
Finally, the dessert was a simple but delicious Rasamalai—homemade fromage blanc dumplings in reduced milk with pistachios.
My Harry Potter fangirl dreams came true when I drank their Hazelnut Spiced Hot Buttered Rum which was exactly the way I pictured Butterbeer to taste. The drink was made of rogue hazelnut spiced rum, unsalted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and warm water. I slept like a happy, inebriated panda that evening, curling my body up in my slumber and dreaming of visiting the SM23 Happy Hour in the near future. I also highly recommend visiting their lounge next door called SM23 which has an extremely low-key, downtown Manhattan feel due to the low-lighting, 25-and-over young urban professional crowd, and exotic cocktails. Cheers!
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BAR/LOUNGE NEXT DOOR (SM23) http://www.sm23morristown.com/
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