Mehek mean “aroma,” and that is the delicious first sensation that greets you as you enter. Indian food is a bit like describing all the cuisines in the world at once. It presents a range of flavors, intense and subtle, as vast as the country itself. India has always welcomed new influences and among the art forms so influenced is the ancient art of Indian cooking, evolving and absorbing constantly.

India is a sublime fusion of the east and the west, in the most delicate and subliminal way. It is deeply steeped in tradition and yet is incredibly progressive. It is where knowing your heritage is just as important as opening up to new influences — the correct mix of tradition and modernity.

Regional influences range from climate and elevation to history and religion. They define the culinary differences of a country occupying an area of 1,216,295 square miles with more than 1 billion people embracing 100 different languages. It is the cradle of thousands of art forms and cultures and a million gods.

The hospitality of India is legendary: the dictum of hospitality lies in three famous Sanskrit words “Attithi Devo Bhavah” or “the guest is truly your god.” Indians believe that they are honored if they share their meals with guests. The finest of India’s cuisines is as rich and diverse as its civilization. It is an art form that has been passed on through generations purely by word of mouth, from guru (teacher) to vidhyarthi (pupil) or from mother to daughter. Only one place on the map incorporates this riot of sensory stimulation in its meals: India. In fact, the intensive use of spices be it whole, ground, roasted or stewed marks the unifying characteristic of an otherwise highly diverse cuisine.

Mehek has two convenient locations in the greater Princeton area. In Princeton itself, Mehek is centrally located at 164 Nassau Street. This downtown spot is perfectly situated for a meal either before or after a movie or a show at McCarter or for a bite while strolling the shops.

Our other venue is at 2495 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, right off Route 1. Mehek Fine Indian Dining is a cornerstone in Lawrenceville and has been recognized for its outstanding Indian cuisine. It is a great place for hosting parties, business lunches, and private functions. We offer exquisite food and excellent service, at a reasonable price.

Our services also include an extensive catering menu. Why have the usual boring sandwiches at a party at home or at the office? We can arrange a wide variety of dishes for large or small gatherings. When dining in, our diverse menu is enhanced by weekend specials that are sure to please. Call and we will deliver within a four-mile radius in Lawrenceville and within a five-mile radius in Princeton. Dine out in style or enjoy the finest Indian cuisine at home. Mehek is the first call to make.

Mehek, 164 Nassau Street, Princeton. 2495 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. www.meheknj.com.

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