Surrounded by cool-kid hangout spots on Kloof Nek, Maharajah is as popular as ever – a testament to how good their food is. When that curry craving hits, there’s no better meal to be had. Settling into a good night here always starts with snacks, such as samoosas, chicken tikka masala, and spicy chicken wings. The chilli bites are unmissable – fluffy on the inside, crispy exterior, perfect for dipping into chutney.
Moving on to mains, you’ll find the usual curry suspects here. The array of seafood curries, chicken biryanis and lamb rogan josh all come highly recommended, but the true scene-stealers here are the vegetarian curries. The home-made paneer shines bright in the paneer butter masala, in a rich, creamy, tomato-based sauce.
The palak paneer is also a winner, with a bright, zingy signature spinach sauce. On the side comes a generous serving of yellow rice. The ideal vehicle for scooping everything up is the paratha in all its flaky, crispy glory. For a little extra heat, ask for the curried chillies, or mango and lime pickle for tang.
As the portions are large here (don’t worry, they encourage you to take home a doggy bag!), you’ll struggle to fit in dessert, but if you can, you can choose from vermicelli pudding, ice cream and chocolate sauce, and a Lindt brownie with ice cream.
The wine list is relatively uninspiring, albeit reasonably priced, so if you’re looking for something special opt for the corkage offer instead.
Staff are friendly and welcoming, bringing food out quickly and smoothly.
Maharajah isn’t trying to be anything it’s not; the simple dining room is perfunctory and comfortable. As this popular neighbourhood gem is always busy, you’re guaranteed a pleasant buzz and vibe.
A low-key, comforting meal.
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