Maharaja Bhog is one of those feel good places where anyone and everyone is bound to have an amazing time. There’s instrumental music which is calming. There’s a caring atmosphere here as the staff would be on their toes running around ensuring every patron has an amazing time. I’ve been for lunch here so many times and fail to remember if I ever had a bad time ever.

Location and proximity from station – The only harsh part of the Juhu outlet is that it is forever crowded because of its proximity to Juhu Beach. The nearest station is Vile Parle and it would take you a maximum of 10-15 minutes to get to the place.

Seating and Ambiance – Maharaja Bhog is always bright and they surely love yellow and gold. Everything about the place is vibrant and there is constant chatter. They have comfortable seating for all kinds of groups. There are tables for two, four, eight or even a bigger number. They have a place for everyone. There is soothing music playing which helps you get in the calming mood.

Food and Drinks – We began with their welcome drink. That sets your taste buds ready for a meal to remember. They have a thali system where first they would fill up all the mini bowls and the plate with every essential item on the list. Looking at the thali itself is an amazing experience in itself.

Here’s what you can expect in the thali;

Farsan:

Ghugra and Khatha Dhokla Mariwala – Ghugra and Dhokla are served with three different chutneys that’s sweet, spicy and finally they served us their special beet raita which in itself was amazing and creamy.

Sindi Dal Pakwan Tadka – A special mention to this amazing masterpiece. I loved the entire pakwan. It’s their famous bestseller here. I surely had another serving of this masaledaar pakwaan! You will too!

Vegetables:

Mix Veg Paneer – I love the way they make their paneer. This one is not spicy at all and they make it more thick and creamy. This one is fit for those who love their paneer when it is absolutely not spicy.

Bhindi Masala – They cut the bhindi into tiny fine pieces and the masala makes this item one of the things you must look out for. We liked this.

Aloo Dil Khus – Perhaps it’s my fixation with Aloo but I really love the variations you can come up with potatoes. This one too is a non spicy option and tastes well.

Dal/ Kadhi:

Rajasthani Dal – I love spicy dal. There is something about the taste that you really cannot resist it until it is complete. I had more than two servings of this dal and it will complement well with the vegetables and even when had plainly. Spicy and tasty.

Gujarati Dal – The sweeter variant of dal is also not to be ignored. I like the kadhi as it helps you when you have something spicy to nullify the spiciness off your tongue.

Roti:

We tried three variants; Fulka, Kanda Palak Thepla and Rotla which is a ragi based roti. This goes well with the spicy dal and also with the bhindi and aloo.

Khichdi:

We then tried their traditional famous khichdi with ghee. It’s made very fine and tastes oh so good! We would definitely suggest you to not miss out on any of these!

Desserts:

Apple Halwa – The best part of this halwa was its consistency with the flavor and also the thickness. It’s a proper halwa as you like it and those who like apple would definitely love this.

Fruit Custard – Oh I love the way they have worked on their custard. You can expect a sweet ending here with this custard and even 2 servings are less!

Conclusion –

Maharaja Bhog is for every age group and even though it’s a vegetarian place, you will surely leave this place with a huge tummy and a smile on your face.

It’s something to do about their hospitality and how they give equal attention to each customer. I would like to thank their founder and managing director Ashish Maheshwari for an experience to remember. 

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Visiting Sahara Star has always been a pleasant experience. It always has this positive vibe that adds as a catalyst to my happiness. They happen to showcase food festivals all throughout the year. This is good for any foodie who loves, breathes and looks for new cuisines to devour.

The Earth Plate is now showcasing a new food festival; “Streets of India” where they have on display food from a variety of streets in India like Hyderabad, Mathura, Amritsari, Mumbai, Kolkatta, South India etc You will find a variety of food + desserts to choose from.

We tried a few items which were nothing short of amazing. I made it a point to try most of the items that I have never tried because devouring all the food would take me 2 days at least. Anyway, here are some of the classics I tried;

This is the Aloo Chaat from the “Mathura Chaat” stall. I have always wanted to visit north India only for the food they serve. This is because I believe their street food there is second to none. The variety is also something that stands out from the rest. They have a live counter where the chaat is prepared.

Next, we tried the “Kheema Tawa” live counter. Here you can find different meat like Boti, Kaleja, Bheja, Gurda etc which will be prepared live on tawa and then served with sliced onions and fried Pav. I tried the Boti and Bheja and yes, it was prepared really well.

Next, we tried the counter with the cold cuts. Here the frozen items were kept on display and you could choose as per your preference. From fish, chicken and lamb, I opted for butter garlic prawns and herbed spiced lamb. This was prepared and served with 3 different dips. As usual, my love for lamb was justified. They prepared it well. When it comes to cooking lamb, beef and pork, if you don’t cook it well, the result is not good. Here, I can happily say they have done a good job.

Post this, we visited the Kolkata stall. I have always adored Kolkata and the people there. They are calm, chilled out and have some amazing food varieties. The momos and paranthas and tea is exceptional. Here at the food festival, we tried chicken momos which were decent enough and we tried the mughlai chicken parantha. This is highly recommended. They serve this with mustard sauce and the result is amazing.

They also had a Lucknow stall which had all the kebabs you could find. Veg or Non veg, they have all of it on the skewers waiting for you to choose. I tried the Chicken Zaffrani Kebab which is termed to be masaledaar and a bit spicy. I loved it. It felt like we were getting lucky with our choices. But I didn’t mind.

Moving from counter to counter and choosing the next cuisine was really a tough task. With such a huge spread, it can get confusing as to what you want to eat next! Anyways, we narrowed it down to the “Appam and Dosa” stall next which is the specialty of South India. We tried the chicken appam served with chutney. As usual, it’s made really well. Requesting you to have this immediately as if kept for long, the appam tends to get hard and it’s not good then.

At the end of this, we went on to try the spread for desserts. They have a huge variety with over 25 options. There is a stall separately just for jalebi and rabdi. Yes, and it is totally worth it. Below you can find pictures of few of the desserts that I happened to try!

Blueberry cheesecake

 

Malpua

 

Kesar special

 

 

Macaron special

Apart from this, they have a good set of options for mocktails like the pink guava, blue curacao, buttermilk, jaljeera and lassi for the end of the meal.

Notably, for a price set at 1999+tax per person this is a steal of a deal. Unfortunately this ends on 15th August 2018 which is just 3 days from tomorrow. Hence I urge you to go ahead and have your fill of street food all over India. You will not be disappointed. They have something for everyone. Taste wise, this is an event you must not miss.

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For those who love Tea and swear by it are very happy as there are many outlets opening up with tea as their primary USP. MusTea is also one of those who swear by their love for not only tea but also snacks. They open up by 8am. Currently planning to open up earlier than usual.

They have a variety of tea and also a lot of options with regards to snacks like sandwiches, omelettes, desi options like poha, idli, missal, vada etc.

Tea is delivered like this!

Location and proximity from Station:

This one’s not too hard to find. It’s a 5-7 minute walk from JB Nagar metro station. 15 minutes from Andheri Station. Located in the by-lane of Kondivita, the nearest landmark to this would be the hotel Apna Dhaba.

 

Ambiance and seating:

MusTea is a small place and can easily seat 10-12 people maximum. The place is air conditioned. There’s no space congestion as such. The staff is courteous and will respond well to your questions too.

 

Tea and Snacks:

Yes, we were spoilt for options. My friend Mike had just returned from Bangalore that very afternoon and I got him along me for some tea and snacks. We tried 3 types of tea along with few snacks. Here’s what we had:

Kesar Tea with cookies: A clear winner. The aroma, the taste and yes it’s really hot. That’s how I like my Tea. The 2 cookies given alongside really compliment the overall feel. I must recommend this.

 

Mint Tea with cookies: Another clear favorite. Suggested by them, we tried this one and we thanked them for this choice. The taste is too good and for those who like pudina, this one’s a definite recommend.

 

Oolang Tea: Oolang here is full of antioxidants and gives you more of a green tea and healthy feeling. My friend didn’t like it much. I found it okay. It’s all about the acquired taste in the end.

 

They have almost 30 types of tea serving (with/without milk). You’ll be spoiled for choices.

 

Cheese Bun Maska: How can you miss having tea without bun maska. Here, they’ve gone a step further and added cheese. The overall impact? Yes, it’s fantastic. My friend loves cheese and went bonkers over this and every other dish with cheese.

Please note that there are a lot of snacking options available for you to enjoy your tea with. We tried the bun maska. You can try many other choices too.

 

Chicken Samosa: Yes, the chicken samosa. It was funny when we heard about it but on their insistence, we gave it a shot. I’m impressed. The bits of chicken with our regular samosa fit in well and we did like it.

 

MusTea’s signature omelette: They have a wide range of omelettes. It’s amazing. We were confused as to what to try and they again suggested their signature omelette. This one’s made with a lot of precision and with different layers. Makes you feel like you’re having a sandwich! And yes, there’s a lot of cheese too. This is served with partly fried bread. The 2nd best dish of the day!

 

Chicken Wrap: The chicken wrap here is very decent. The plus point is the quantity. I’m sure you’ll be full after you’re done with one full wrap! This is served along with wafers and veggies!

 

Mushroom on Toast: The best dish of the day. Mushroom on toast is an open faced sandwich with a lot of mushroom and cheese. God these guys love cheese too. Anyway, it’s our gain that they like cheese too. It’s really good.

 

Conclusion:

To conclude, I wish they had a lot of space but it’s alright as they deliver to the nearby places and a lot of corporate offices too. They deliver tea and snacks. From where I stand, that’s a win win! They have a reasonably priced menu and a lot of options in their menu. I’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t find something that they don’t like here. Cheers to MusTea.

 

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