Plainfield’s Mayur –
Chandeliers, ornate place settings, Queen Anne chairs on a soft
blue carpet – an elegant retreat for an repast. From the
city’s only authentic tandoor oven ( more like a cylindrical
clay furnace ) come the best dishes in the house: roasted meats,
tenderized in yogurt and myriad spices, and hot, puffy Indian
breads. Soups can be exceptional, flavored with coconut or tamarind.
Other entrees are braised, sautéed or pot-roasted.
Try the spiced prawns with almonds, saffron, raisins, and coconut
milk, and don’t overlook the vegetable dishes. The drink
of choice is a rose-water and yogurt concoction, called lasi,
or the East Indian cappuccino. Service is gracious and the leisurely
side; allot plenty of time.