Ahhh, I should have known better - an Indian restaurant in Petaling Jaya named Maharaj would serve food that come with aristocratic price tags. Firstly, lets establish the fact that Indian restaurants in the Klang Valley are notorious for their almost negligible money for value prices. The locals have just had to accept this situation. Portions are small. Indian restaurants are only generous when it comes to dishing out plain white rice and the veggies and condiments that go with the banana leaf rice set meals.
Back to Maharaj. I had a craving for Biryani rice. Maharaj had been highly recommended by an Indian friend. Since we were within the vicinity, we looked for this restaurant along Jalan Gasing. Maharaj is right on the main road - very easy to find.
The restaurant is very simple, air conditioned and clean. We ordered Biryani rice. For meat, we ordered 1 fried Maryland (drumstick + thigh), and when the waiter asked which curry we wanted, we asked for fish curry sauce (emphasing to him we didn't want the fish. Just the fish flavoured curry sauce).
The service was very slow. There was table with 6 customers who were already eating when we arrived. Then a young couple were seated at another table after we had ordered our food. Basically 10 of us. Our food came 35 mins later. And Lo and behold, they brought out fried chicken drumlet (the wing drumlet). We returned the drumlets. The waiter said no more fried Maryland. How about taking Tandoori Maryland instead? OK fine, Tandoori Maryland then.
It took another 20 minutes for the Tandoori Maryland to be ready. By then the small pot of rice and the fish curry sauce had gone cold. We asked the waiter to reheat the rice and the curry. He did so with out complaining.
The overall taste of everything was OK, not the best we've eaten. When the bill came, we were stunned. RM30.80. The Tandoori chicken Maryland was RM18+ ! The friend who recommended us here specifically said Maharaj's prices were not prohibitive. We beg to differ. We didn't feel it was worth RM30.80.
**By the way, a very good restaurant that has authentic Indian cuisine which is super fresh and consistently delicious is Lemon Garden at Shangri La Hotel on Jalan P Ramlee in Kuala Lumpur. The buffet is truly value for money. They have an impressive spread for their authentic Indian section. Ask for their garlic butter cheese naan bread, prepared by Chef Devan. The naan is sooooo soft. Their various curries are divine.
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