Over the years we have probably visited every Indian restaurant in the greater Mercer/Middlesex area, and we are happy to pronounce that Akbar as one of the very best.
First and foremost, Akbar is not your typical strip-mall Indian restaurant. A stand-alone building features opulent décor, very cozy, if not romantic, interior and huge dining area. Very impressive, A+.
The service is very friendly too, but quite efficient and professionally streamlined at the same time. Our requests regarding specific spiciness were mostly honored and followed attentively.
Now, what is important to know ahead of time is that the portion sizes are quite larger than in the majority of the area Indian restaurants. The prices are higher too, but as noted, the portion size makes up well for the difference. Plus Akbar often runs promotions via various discount dining sites, which makes one's visit even more attractive, budget-wise.
Now the food quality. Excellent! Almost every dish we ordered was cooked to perfection, nicely presented, sometimes full of surprises by its unusual blend of spices. We would like to specifically recommend Mango Shrimp as an appetizer. Murg Vindaloo as a main course was very good too. Kabab Guldasta was a veritable gastronomic celebration, featuring five different kebabs and served not just sizzling (as in your typical Indian restaurant) but a la flambé. Very appetizing and delicious.
The menu also offers quite a few non-Indian desserts which is a big plus too.
One word of advise. Because of the restaurant's spacious banquet facilities, often a time, especially on weekends, there are big-scale group celebrations taking place at Akbar. A valet parking is then in place, so you better have a few dollars in cash for the parking's tips.
We will absolutely, undoubtedly and most definitely come again very soon. Our 35 minutes drive was well worth it.
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