A New Gem for Curry Lovers

Sometimes we associate Indian food with takeout. But there’s a new gem in town and it is a place where you will definitely want to sit down. This was made apparent tonight when I called in a take-out order for Tabla, the new Indian restaurant on Broad Street, thinking that on this snowy night…I’d be happier sitting at home. But Table is full of ambiance; their space is romantic and moody with warm lighting and dark gray walls framed with rich wood trim. Next time, I’ll definitely sit down.

This is their photo not mine bc I thoughtlessly devoured all my tikki masala without taking a photo.

The fact that I was so determined to try Tabla just 24 hours after their Grand Opening and that I drove my little clown car ( a mini) out in the snow should tell you that I really like–and crave–Indian food. When I passed by the storefront a few weeks ago and saw the new sign “Fine Indian Cuisine,” my heart skipped a beat a little. I still miss Brick Lane. I hoped that maybe this new place would fill that gaping whole in my heart. And alas, it has.

I should have known I’d want to sit down. Tabla owners Himani and Srini Rao, also own two of my other favorite Bergen county spots: Leon in Ridgewood and Nirvana in Allendale. And both give me that feeling like “I’m out” for a festive evening–it has atmosphere. And without neither one breaks the bank. Their food is downright tasty and satisfies something in my soul when I eat it.

Tabla is so new that there isn’t even a menu online so my husband and I went with our “usual.” (My husband and I have exactly the same taste when it comes to food so instead of ordering 2 different things like intelligent people do, we always end up ordering the same dish.) We started with samosas–delicious. We both had Tikki Masalas (so stupid, sorry) which were not overly creamy (like some Indian restaurants make it); they were flavorful with tender chunks of chicken. We had a side of Aloo Paratha that actually had chunks of aloo (potatoes) in it and a side of cucumber raita.

Just these few dishes were enough to let us know that this was the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship. It’s only day 2 for Tabla and I cannot wait for my next meal!

Tabla Indian Cuisine, 16 South Broad Street, Ridgewood, NJ.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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