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Jassi Sweets Iselin Oak Tree Road Review
Jassi Sweets Center1404 Oak Tree Road
Iselin, NJ 08830
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Jassi Sweets Iselin: Divine Sweets, Devilish Pakoras
If you thought that Oak Tree Road winding through the ugly stretches of Edison and Iselin in New Jersey panders only to the craving for Indian curries you'd be so wrong.
Because there's a whole bunch of stores peddling a cornucopia of Indian sweets as well.
Besides the grocery store Pedas, Ladoos and Burfis sitting in the cooler or the Jalebis at the cash counter, there are at least eight stores in the two-mile stretch of Oak Tree Road that offer a choice of Indian sweets.
During a recent drive down Oak Tree Road, we suddenly felt an urge for some Indian sweets. We quickly pulled into the Jassi Sweets complex in Iselin.
Looks Like a DumpLike a lot of Indian establishments on Oak Tree Road, Jassi Sweets too has the look of a dump inside.
As you enter, you notice a few tables in the middle, a menu on the wall, surly counter staff and a long glass case filled with Indian sweets to the right.
The place offers sugarcane juice as well for $4 but we gave it the pass this time. Perhaps on a later occasion.
We stuck to sweets and some Pakoras.
Delicious Indian Sweets
Horrid Mixed Pakora
Delicious SweetsThe sweets were divine, one of the best in the New Jersey/New York area.
- Chocolate Burfi, a perennial favorite, was superb at Jassi. The chocolate flavor was not overpowering but just right.
- Kaju Katli, a standard fixture found at most Indian sweet stores, was delicious with an endearing cashew flavor. Throwing caution to the winds, we surreptitiously helped ourselves to a second piece as well.
- Gajar Peda, a two-layered sweet with shredded carrot pieces at the bottom and milk cake at the top, was so nice that we regretted not having got more pieces.
- Malai Sandwich was a delicious juicy pastry that transported us to the very heavens.
- Doodh Peda, a small round milk sweet, was perfect.
- Rose Chum chum, a round pink-colored ball was a juicy, sweet delight.
- Mango Burfi, a two layered sweet with a yellow mango layer on top and a white milk cream at the bottom was a swoon-worthy treat.
By the way, mixed sweets at Jassi cost $9.50 a pound.
Awful PakorasAu contraire, the Vegetable Pakoras at Jassi Sweets were the work of the devil.
Not only were the Pakoras tasteless but some of them were obscenely hard.
The two dipping sauces that came with the Pakoras, Mint and Tamarind, were also no good. The Tamarind sauce was sweet rather than being tangy.
Jassi Sweets Oak Tree Road - Poor ServiceService was painfully slow at Jassi.
Despite there being only three customers (including us), it took an eternity to complete our basic order.
The old man at the cash counter was a rude fella who yanked the credit card bill from our hand before we could even complete it.