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Sneh Mehtani Named ‘Restaurateur of the Year’

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In recognition of 30 years of innovation and service, the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) has named Sneh Mehtani “Restaurateur of the Year,” its highest distinction.

Sneh, the first Asian to receive the award, will be honored for her achievement at the NJRA gala Dec. 2 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

“When my mother opened the original Moghul restaurant in New York City, she was a trailblazer,” said Sneh’s son Shaun Mehtani, who has been working alongside her since he was six.

“There were few, if any, Indian women running restaurants, and this cuisine was nowhere near as popular as it is today. Since this is our 30th year in business and my mom is retiring, the NJRA recognition is sort of a lifetime achievement award,” he added.

The Mehtani Restaurant Group has grown to become one of the Northeast’s largest family-owned South Asian restaurant groups.

Current holdings include three venues located within the Hyatt Morristown — Mehndi, which has authentic Punjabi and Mughlai fare; SM23 Bar & Lounge, with a cocktail culture vibe; and Ming II, which serves pan-Asian food.

The group’s Edison properties include Moghul, with Northern Indian cuisine, and Ming, specializing in Far Eastern and Asian fusion dining, both located at Oak Tree Center.

Sneh and her husband Satish Mehtani have turned over long-term visionary thinking for the company — along with day-to-day operations — to their son, Shaun, who at the age of 29 has assumed the title of managing director.

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Exotic Flavors Abound at Mehndi in Morristown

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Last week, I was invited to dine at Mehndi in Morristown. I’d been to Mehndi several times and always enjoyed the nicely-appointed space and the delicious food, so I was eager to revisit it.

Mehndi, which opened in 2007, is part of the Mehtani Restaurant Group which also owns SM 23 Bar & Lounge and Ming II in spaces adjacent to Mehndi.

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Mehndi, Morristown: Getting My Goat, Pot Pie!

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e've all had naan, the flat,  steamy, pita-like, tandoor-oven-cooked bread, synonymous with Indian cuisine.  And chicken tikka masala - who hasn't had that?

Mehndi, one of a triumvirate of restaurants including SM 23 Bar & Lounge, and Ming II, operated by the successful Mehtani Restaurant Group in the Morristown Hyatt, creates a total dining experience - including the possibility of a henna tattoo on Saturdays.  

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23 Reasons to Sample Mehtani Restaurant Group

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Do you grab a chance to dine on Indian cuisine and tumble into its unique mix of spices and textures whenever you can? Do you love Asian food that’s several steps beyond standard takeout fare? Do you enjoy settling into a quiet table with subtle but lush décor catching your eye from every angle? Do you like a wildly lovely cocktail served in a bar so dark and mysterious that the bartender shines a miniature light into your glass to demonstrate the color of your libation before delivering it into your eager hands?

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