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Deccan Spice Jersey City NJ

Deccan Spice
771 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Deccan Spice Jersey City NJ: Spiceless Indian Travesty

Deccan Spice, a Hyderabadi Cuisine restaurant, is a recent addition to the long line of Indian restaurants dotting Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

Deccan Spice occupies the same spot that the crappy Baba Hut did.

I was planning on treating myself to a buffet but, alas, Deccan Spice does not serve a lunch buffet.

So I opted for a takeout - Sultani Egg Masala ($7.99), Bagara Baingan ($7.99) and Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani ($10.99).

Here's my take on the Hyderabadi curries and Dum Chicken Biryani that I tried at Deccan Spice:

Sultani Egg Masala - Spiceless Travesty

To put it simply, Deccan Spice's Sultani Egg Masala is a spiceless travesty.

Folks, I have had Egg Masala on countless occasions, both in the U.S. and back home in India.

egg masala
Sultani Egg Masala - $7.99

But never such a spiceless abomination as the one served by Deccan Spice that furiously assaulted my taste buds.

All I can say in its favor is that the gravy was medium thick and included three boiled eggs.

But the gravy was devoid of any taste leave alone any spices. It felt like I was eating finely ground onions with boiled eggs dropped into it.


Also, I did not find anything royal in the Egg Masala for it to be labeled Sultani Egg Masala except that it royally screwed my wallet.

Bagara Baingan - Oily and Bitter

While the Sultani Egg Masala was a spiceless travesty, Deccan Spice's Bagara Baingan turned out to be an Alaskan oil slick rather than an eggplant curry.

bagara baingan
Very Oily Bagara Baingan - $7.99

With one-inch thick oil layer floating on top, the Bagara Baingan not only induced nausea but also tasted bitter.

One spoon into my mouth I realized that the culprit for the bitter taste was the gravy. Also, the Eggplant was lacking in tenderness and may have contributed to the overall bitter taste.

Bagara Baingan included just four small Brinjals.

With oil slick and the bitter gravy, I had no option but to dump most of it in the trash where it belonged.

Another $7.99 down the drain.

Never let it be said than Indian ever misses an opportunity to screw another Indian!

Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani

Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani was the saving grace of an otherwise disappointing meal.

hyderabadi dum chicken biryani
Hyderabad Dum Chicken Biryani - $10.99

Deccan Spice's Hyderabadi Biryani did not put me on an orgasmic high but it did not completely disappoint me either.

It too was lacking in spice but still managed to be palatable.

hyderabadi dum chicken biryani
Chicken in Hyderabad Dum Chicken Biryani

Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani included two large Chicken pieces with bone, several small boneless chicken pieces and a single boiled egg.

It came with Onion-Tomato Raita and Peanut Gravy on the side.

Raita was way too watery and serving size too small.

The peanut flavored gravy was not in the least bit spicy and did not appeal to my taste buds one bit.

Just like Raita, the serving size of gravy was also small.

If you want a good spicy chicken Biryani, I recommend Persis Biryani in Hamilton New Jersey.

White Rice and Salad

My order of Sultani Egg Masala and Bagara Baingan came with plain rice and salad on the side.

white rice
White Rice

White rice had a nice texture and I had no complaints. In any case, it takes special effort to screw up plain White Rice.

Salad included sliced onion, two cut lime pieces and two whole green chillies.


Food, Service and Ambience

Clearly, Deccan Spice's biggest problem is the absence of competent cooks in the kitchen.

When you include 'spice' in the restaurant's name, then you'd better deliver on the spices. If you can't deliver, stop duping customers and pull the shutters down.

If the food quality at Deccan Spice was bad, the service was no better.

The Indian guy at the cash counter couldn't even be bothered to say a "Hello" and seemed more interested in running the credit card machine. Also, he did not care to enquire about my spice preferences.

A waitress standing near the cash counter was staring at customers as if she had never seen humans before.

While my takeout order came with napkins and plastic-ware, it did not include any plates.

Like most Indian restaurants on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, Deccan Spice is devoid of a good ambience.

As you enter the restaurant there are tables upfront. Cash counter and kitchen are at the rear.

Kind of a notch above a takeout place.

Deccan Spice Rating - Avoid

Unless you hate your wallet, unless you crave bad Indian food and unless you love cholesterol, I suggest you avoid Deccan Spice on Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

Two of the three items I ordered at Deccan Spice turned out to be unpalatable and spiceless travesties.

The one inch thick oil in Bagara Baingan alone should prompt you to flee from this Indian restaurant for it can increase your bad cholesterol and eventually result in heart problems if consumed regularly.

Given such mediocre fare, I can't imagine Deccan Spice surviving for long. - ©

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