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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The Thai food festival is on at the Red Olives multi restaurant in Powai from the 1st to 15th September 2017.

There’s a menu curated just for these 15 days and the food is worth it.

Location and proximity from Station:

This is located at Hiranandani in Powai. It’s quite at the center if I must say. Although it’s almost a 15-20 minute rickshaw ride away from either Ghatkopar station or from Saki naka metro station.

Ambiance and seating:

The place has good vibes and I liked the ambiance. There’s ample of seating available for almost 70 people. Also I was amazed to see more crowd on a Saturday afternoon than usual weekdays when this place is packed with teams coming for corporate lunch.

 

Food and Drinks (Appetizers):

We began with few mock-tails in the menu. We tried the mandarin mojito, kiwi and kokam and also the Red Olives special. While I liked all the three due to their flavors, the best one had to be the Mandarin mojito. It’s a recommend.

 

 

 

 

Soups :

Tom tum (Chicken) – Spicy chicken soup with lemongrass. I must say, this is a delight for those who are a bit unwell and also for those who like their soups with more spice.

Tom Yom Talay – A coconut and tamarind flavored fish soup. The thickness in the coconut soup was amazing. For the first time, I preferred the fish rather than the chicken soup.

Pho Pia Kung – I am not a person who likes prawns. But I did try these spicy thai prawn rolls. They look tiny but taste good.

Ki Satae – Chicken satay with peanut sauce. Yes, I never thought this combination would go so well but it did. It’s amazing.

Khek pla – These fish cakes have a decent taste and you can try it with the dip provided. There’s nothing too good nor bad about this.

Main Course:

Chicken Thai curry with steam/jasmine rice – I ought to try the green curry always. So when I’m at the Thai festival, there’s no way I’m missing it. Here, the Thai curry is indeed amazing and I can recommend you to try this. Easily the best dish of the day.

Phat Thai Sho Wong : This one’s a combination of fried rice and noodles with prawns and vegetables. Well I’m not a prawns fan but the dish was decent. A bit of tangy feeling but I’m sure that can be dealt with.

Desserts:

Orange and kafir panacotta – The panacotta in general was good but took a bit of effort to have. Yes, there was a lot of taste but maybe an off day for them. Could get way better.

Tapioca start-fruit pudding : This one had tapioca pearls and starfruit puree which made this a dessert to try for sure. There’s a lot of sweetness here.

Mango and toasted coconut cheesecake : The best dessert of the day. This mango and coconut flavored cheesecake is worth fighting for. There’s flavor, there’s a lot of sweet and yes, please do try it.

Conclusion:

Overall, this food festival is worth trying and must not be missed. There’s still another week to go for this and I urge you to try this. It’s new and different from what we try usually.

 

Red Olives Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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