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Neelam Exotic Indian Cuisine
Ranked #33 of 61 Restaurants in South Orange
Cuisines: Indian
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

Great dishes out for the lunch buffet, a dollar off with a Seton Hall University (nearby) ID card. Every dish here is great, and it is as much as you want at the buffet of course. They often have wonderful Gulab Jamun as dessert, they melt in your mouth!

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Reviewed 20 January 2015

Neelam is nice Indian food, pretty much standard issue, but delicious. I go for the lunch buffet, which will have a selection of vegetarian and meat items, always including chicken tandoori , rice, salad, a bread, and a dessert. It's a good buy. Dinner is equally good, but you have decide just which dish you want, and dinner is pricier. The staff is attentive, the atmosphere is slightly dark and, slightly dingy. It looks like an Indian restaurant. For a treat have a mango lassi. That's a sweetened yogurt drink. Or the hot spicy tea. Excellent on a cold day. Neelam is one of the restaurants around the area that is open on Monday. They're closed Sunday.

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

I have been going to Neelam for over 20 years (since 1993 at least). In the last year or so I would say that the service has fallen. More importantly, the prices have risen without the food going up in quality. I still order take out (to avoid the issues with the service), but once I noticed portion size decreasing - I have stopped making Neelam a regular destination.

On the quality of the food alone. Neelam does a better than average job. The meats are always fresh. The spices are not overpowering. I think they do try to cater to a wide audience - so do not expect 'home cooked Indian food', but you'll a very nice plate. It is a shame that they cannot keep some of their specialities consistently available or consistently of good quality. Their Rose ice-cream dessert at one time was reason enough to introduce friends to Neelam. Now, more often than not, it is a source of disappointment.

I truly hope that they improve and get back to being a place you love to got to.

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

I have had some unpleasant experiences with Neelam in the past during the dinner service but I have to say that they have revamped the quality of their food and service. The lunch buffet is great. Limited but adequate choices of tasty, fresh food. Dinner service does not include buffet and is a little pricey, but that is true for all restaurants.

Overall very good lunch buffet. A must try!

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Reviewed 21 January 2013

I love indian food - I love the places in NY where you get multiple small dishes for you to explore through. and the meal is an experience
Neelam is not this place - it is over priced - the food is "White Bread" Indian food it has very little intense spices.
The service is depressing. I have never been in when it is busy.

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