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Maharajah South Indian Restaurant (Kloof Street)

Maharajah South Indian Restaurant (Kloof Street)
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Cost
R119 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Indian, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R55

Critic's review

Amy Ebedes

Looking over the likes of Power & The Glory, El Burro Taqueria and Junior Burger, Maharaj is the original restaurant on the now-trendy Kloof New restaurant hub. They’re recently expanded their

Food
The portions are hearty, but that shouldn’t deter you from ordering a range of dishes - starting with the chilli bites. Finely sliced onion battered in a spicy maize flour and deep fried. They’re sweet and spicy and unbelievably moreish.

For mains, options range between seafood, chicken, lamb and vegetarian curries. For the curry nay-sayers, the menu includes a short list of non-curry dishes, ranging from grilled masala fish to vegetarian pastas. But we’re here for the curry - and rightfully so. The palak paneer is an instant favourite, with generous-sized cubes of delicate paneer in a flavoursome North Indian-style spinach sauce. The chicken korma is another delightful dish, with a sweet yoghurt, cream and coconut cream sauce. If you’re a fan of pickles, the mango-and-lime pickle is a tangy accompaniment to balance the spicy dishes.

The highlight, though, is the roti. Flakey and flavourful, they’re the perfect companion to all curries. Forego ordering a side of rice and double up your roti order.

A short dessert menu offers the likes of ice cream and chocolate sauce, brownies or vermicilli pudding.

Drinks
Expect a varying range of wines, plus some lassis to soothe the curry burn.

Ambience
A simple interior with no frills. You’re here for the food. Get a table by the window for views of Table Mountain and people-watching on bustling Kloof Nek

Service
Staff are attentive and friendly and the food arrives quickly.

Best for…
An uncomplicated, easy dinner - or takeaways.

(2018)

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    Food

    It’s unwise to have starters – because curry portions are hearty – but if you’re feeling reckless, the chilli bites – perfectly crisp and fried fresh to order – are excellent. The samosas, too, will ruin you for the ordinary takeaway variety.

    Then it’s imperative that you order the lamb curry on – or off – the bone. A rich tomato-based Madras sauce is redolent with spices, and beautifully balanced. The butter chicken is also very good – and creamy, rather than tomato-ey – so a good counterpoint to the lamb. Scoop it all up in flaky, buttery paratha.

    There’s a good page of vegetarian dishes – the paneer options are great.

    All curries are available from mild to vindaloo – so tailor your order to your chilli tolerance. If you find yourself breathing fire, order a cucumber raita to cool things down. The wonderfully salty-sour mango lime pickle is also worth adding to your order from the sides menu.

    Finish with a vermicelli pud, or a Lindt chocolate brownie.

    Drinks

    There are wonderfully thick mango lassis (also great if you’re breathing fire). Alternatively, order a bottle of Cederberg Bukketraube or gewurtztramminer, with sweeter notes that go well with the curries.

    Ambience

    Perched on the corner of Kloof Nek, this converted house has a cosy interior that’s good for a hearty meal with friends.

    Service

    Staff are helpful and food comes out in good time.

    And…

    You’ll likely leave with a box of leftovers – so lunch tomorrow is taken care of.

    (August 2017)

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways

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