Maharaja Bhog is known for its royal Rajasthani and Gujarati thalis. We were invited by the team of Maharaja Bhog to enjoy a thali and share our feedback with them.
Maharaja Bhog has two branches in Mumbai. We went to the Juhu one which is very close to the Juhu beach. This place is usually packed at noon as families, friends and office goers relish thalis for lunch.
We were welcomed gracefully and served a pot for washing our hands to get clean and comfortable. Quite a royal welcome we say! But, the welcoming was not done yet. We also got Kairi Panna as a welcome drink.
We chose to go ahead with the Premium Veg Thali (557 INR + taxes) for lunch. The thali consists of appetisers, curries, rotis, rice, refreshments, condiments and sweets. Everything in the thali is unlimited except sweets.
The first thing that we absolutely loved about the thali was it smelled so fresh and looked colourful. The first dish we tried was aloo tikki with mint chutney and a paneer cheela. The cheela was stuffed with paneer bhurji and had a hint of sweetness. The mint chutney was perfect and I knew in the first bite that I am going to eat more of it. Kachori rasam was the next appetiser. Loaded with lentils and goodness of rasam made this such a wholesome dish. Don’t forget to munch on papad while you try out all the dishes. You will also get buttermilk with the thali which is tangy, creamy and chilled.
The main course had three types of breads like roti, puri and thepla. One sabzi we absolutely recommend trying is Gulab Jamun Sabzi. Potato balls cooked in besan and dahi along with Rajasthani spices. What we noticed was a lot of curries were made with dahi and hence, had a thicker consistency. The staff told us that the majority
of the Rajasthani dishes are cooked in dahi as it’s a dry state and the people don’t use much water there.
Other curries included potato and peas sabzi, ghantiya and chana. Make sure to grab some tur dal and rice for all the homely feels. If there is something that we absolutely loved about the food at Maharaja Bhog, it was the simplicity in the flavours and homely touch to the dishes.
Mango Curry is a Gujrati curry that is rare to find in Mumbai restaurants and will give you flavours of mongo and Rajasthani spices. We scooped some Gujarati dal with rice and relished the thali with no distractions. That’s how you must be enjoying this feast, no distractions and just relishing the flavours. The rice has a strong flavour of desi ghee and dal khichdi was like a cherry on the cake.
The menu keeps changing. Hence, the options for sweets might change too. We tried moong dal halwa and aamras with puri for desserts. We absolutely loved the aamras (even more than halwa)
The thali was delicious, filling, and was made using limited amounts of ghee/masalas. You can watch our video to know more about the thali at Maharaja Bhog
Maharaja Bhog Branches Location: http://www.maharajabhog.com/locations/