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On Saturday we visited the Maharaja Palace restaurant for lunch. Nayan and I had been here before for one of our date nights and the both of us absolutely loved the restaurant back then. What I love about Maharaja Palace is that it's in a prime location in Colombo. The Chefs are Indian and they make sure to use all natural ingredients which are imported from India, especially the saffron that is used. It's a family oriented restaurant so you can definitely expect a decent crowd at all times with a very welcoming atmosphere. We met with the executive chef who took us around the kitchen which I was pleasantly surprised with. It's more spacious than the kitchens I've seen at a five star hotel restaurant and it's one of the cleanest spaces I've seen. Chef Abu has been working in Saudi at the intercontinental for 20 years and has been with the Maharaja restaurant since 2012. So you can imagine that his food is of high quality and standards. We asked Chef Abu to recommend us a couple of dishes from the menu and we ended up with 17 items!
DRINKS & STARTERS
Strawberry & Mango Lassie - Me being my basic self I always order the sweet lassie to be on the safer side. I never really tried a flavored lassie so I was excited to check them out. My favorite was definitely the strawberry lassie as it's more sweeter than the mango. I have a huge sweet tooth which maybe why I leaned to that more. I would definitely go for the strawberry lassie the next time, it's so much better than a regular one.
Tandoori Lobster - This is a starter of a whole lobster marinated in saffron flavored tandoori spices and cooked in a tandoori oven and it truly is a shellfish lovers delight! I mean a picture speaks a thousand words and I think the tandoori lobster screams delicious a thousand times. I highly recommend this starter because it's not something we would lean towards or be daring enough to order at an Indian restaurant but it is simply amazing! From the presentation of the dish to the marination of the lobster is absolute perfection. (Rs.5000)
Prawns Kalmiri - Prawns marinated in yoghurt which are infused with fresh crushed black pepper corns which are then skewered and chargrilled. It comes with 10 prawns which is a perfect starter to share until the mains arrive. The black pepper corns add so much flavor to the prawns and it's a new addition to the Maharaja menu. You guys know that Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines but Chef Abu really puts a lot of heart and work in to his dishes and it shows through the presentation of the dishes and most importantly the strong flavors that I fell in love with. (Rs.1200)
Chicken Khatta Pyaza Tikka - The third starter was tender boneless chicken cubes marinated with kashmiri chillies with brown onions and spices. The combination of these ingredients reaches the perfect tangy spicy flavor in the chicken. Nayan said that this was his favorite dish that we tried as it's the first time his tried the chicken khatta pyaza tikka. He wouldn't stop talking about this starter even after we left the restaurant, so definite thumbs up from Nayan and it's at a very affordable price too considering how much marination goes in to this dish! (Rs.850)
Mushroom Maharaja - This is for all my vegetarians reading this review! The mushroom maharaja is whole mushrooms stuffed with cheese, marinated in a mildly spiced yoghurt mix which is also skewered and chargrilled. This starter is said to be a house speciality and is loved by many. I can definitely see why! It's a dish even non vegetarians will enjoy, the cheese stuffing and the yoghurt marination works perfectly together! (Rs.950)
Fish Tikka - This preparation is similar to the last which is boneless Modha fish cubes marinated in yoghurt spices which is skewered and chargrilled. Anything chargrilled has become one of my favorites after this review. I really did enjoy this starter too but If I had to chose being pescatarian I would definitely go for the prawns or lobster! (Rs.1100)
Lunch at the restaurant starts from 11 30am - 2 30pm and dinner is from 6 30pm - 11 00pm every day. Maharaja Palace has an Indian chef specifically for all tandoor dishes. They also do outside catering for events and the kebabs are one of their specialities when it comes to that. The restaurant is also Halal certified incase any of my muslim followers were wondering. So this place really does cater to everyone!
Butter Chicken - I'm sure you all know that this use to be one of my favorite dishes to order at an Indian restaurant, I'm sure most of you like this dish too! The shredded tandoori chicken cooked in a rich herb butter flavored in tomato gravy goes perfectly with the cheese naan at the Maharaja Palace. (Rs.950)
Paneer Makhani - This my alternative to the butter chicken which is of similar flavor and color. Cubes of cottage cheese cooked in a rich herb butter and favored with tomato gravy. It's very much similar and is a great combo with the naan and a dhal. (Rs.800)
Dhal Tadka - Yellow lentils cooked with herb and spices, tempered with cumin seeds, chili and garlic. This is another classic which makes the perfect trio with the butter chicken and naan. You can't just order naan and a curry, there has to be a dhal tadka. (Rs.750)
Maharaja Prawns Dum Biryani - Chef Abu did not let us leave without trying one of his biryani dishes. This particular one is new to the menu so we decided to go with this and also because it was something we all could have tried. The prawns are cooked in aromatic spices which are then layered with saffron infused long basmati rice, cooked on a low heat 'dum' style. If you're a rice lover like me then you're pretty much going to be ordering a biryani at the Maharaja Palace too. The biryanis vary from Rs.850 - Rs.1350.
Faluda - This drink is a speciality at the Maharaja Palace so they insisted that we tried it before we left. It's sometimes considered a dessert purely because of how sweet it is and it's topped with a scoop of ice cream. If I had to chose from all three drinks that we tried I would definitely go for the strawberry lassie if I was going to order dessert and the faluda if I wasn't.
Kulfi - Kulfi is traditional Indian ice cream made of thickened saffron flavored milk, almonds and cashew nuts. This dessert needs to be eaten before the tower melts. Indian sweets are not my favorite as I prefer the food much better to the sweets and desserts. But it's always nice to end a meal with trying something from the dessert menu. This is a great option if you're a fan of ice cream and prefer a cooler dessert as most others are served warm. The Kulfi is made in house from scratch and the chef is very particular about getting it to perfection. (Rs.450)
Gulab Jamun - This is the Indian version of warm donuts floating in warm sweet sugar syrup. I'm sure most of you know what this dessert is, you either love it or hate it. I did have a try after Nayan told me how good it was and I have to agree. It wasn't overpoweringly sweet which I loved. Most places make the syrup quite strong and you end up having a sugar rush. This was my favorite out of all the desserts we tried! (Rs.450)
Shahi Keer - A traditional Basmati rice pudding, flavored with almonds and pistachios which is a new addition to the Maharaja Palace dessert menu. This was my second favorite dessert as it reminded me a bit of porridge. The raisins are the perfect topping for this dessert and I can see my father enjoying this one. (Rs.450)
Carrot Halwa - Sweetened grated carrots cooked with reduced milk also known as carrot pudding. This dessert is served warm and it reminded me of a carrot sandwich my grandmother use to make when I was small. It isn't sweet it has a neutral flavor to it which can be perfect after trying so many flavors and dishes. (Rs. 350)
Maharaja Palace also has five private dinning rooms which are located upstairs. The smaller rooms hold 8 people and the larger 24. There's also no corkage fee which is perfect if you want to rent one of these rooms for any function. The restaurant is mainly rented out for mehendi functions and birthday parties with a carpark that can accommodate 30-40 vehicles with 130 seating inside of the restaurant. They also have delivery which is perfect for when you crave Indian food but you don't want to leave the house! Writing this review was quite difficult looking back at all the dishes we tried on Saturday. I can't wait to try out their delivery service next week. Will definitely keep you guys posted about it on my instagram stories. I hope you guys enjoyed another one of my reviews and this was was pretty detailed. So if you've made it this far, I'm proud of you! I hope you guys have a wonderful week ahead.