There’s nothing new about Maharaja Bhog’s thali, right? You’re thinking, it’s been there for years now, so what’s so special this time? Read on and rediscover.
I was invited to try out the Maharaja Bhog big thali experience last week. I’m talking about that royal thali for four hungry people to devour. The size of a kids inflatable pool, it’s to dive for and die for! Definitely one of the most unique experiences in Goregaon.
Maharaja Bhog India is known to be a premium vegetarian thali experience. That’s the vision of the founder and managing director, Ashish Maheshwari. And the premium experience came alive that day.
One Two ka Four
This time, I decided to share a wonderful opportunity with GHP readers. Since it was me and a massive royal thali, why not engage more foodies, right? Poonam Bakle, Kunal Sadrangani and Bijal Vora joined me this time. And boy, did we have fun.
The excitement was four-fold, the anticipation was multiplied four times and the sheer joy at the end of the meal was another four-fold.
The Atithi Devo Bhava treatment
At Maharaja Bhog, whether you’re dining solo or sarvajanik, you’re treated with equal grace and warmth. Us four foodies were lucky to have this meal on a Monday afternoon. Not only did we have the undivided attention of the staff but even managed some casual chatting with the manager, Panditji.
From the traditional hand-wash at the table to service with utmost care, we were bowled over. The trademark sign language between staff and servers remained silent and almost unseen to the eye. But the hospitality spoke volumes. It took no prompting for anyone to ask us for seconds, coax us into a little more farsaan, one more puri or another dollop of doodhi halwa. If that isn’t divine treatment, what is?
Thali ki taali
The Maharja Bhog royal thali – set ready for a feasting four – is an attractive one. From empty to served and then consumed, it has many stories to tell. When empty, it awaits you with its large heartedness. When served, the little katoris of perfect kadhi, surti dal and dal dhokli occupy different parts of your heart. When eaten, the thali becomes a medal for one of the best meals you could have vanquished in Mumbai.
We tasted some great dal dhokli that day. It was spiced and sweetened just right. Enough for four of us to ask for seconds. Another speciality was palak kofta curry. It vibrant, the green kofta set in an orange gravy, and also delicious. Offsetting this strong taste was the humble dahi ke aloo. A typical Marwari dish, this light preparation works wonders to balance a thali meal. And then there’s always the unending glasses of chaas. A fabulous basundi enslaved us to many helpings at the end of this Maharaja meal. Heartfelt taali for this thali. It made four little-known acquaintances bond freely and fully.
So, why Maharaja Bhog?
We often scout new places to head to, with family and friends. I think you should try some classic haunts like these. They have the ability to create new memories for you, each time. Sometimes it’s over that last phulka that you break with your bro across a massive thali, or just a spoon of light khichdi you steal from your sister. Or the fourth serving of gajar ka halwa you will give into, at the server’s gentlest coaxing. Feels special, right?
Group up in fours and book yourself a Maharaja’s royal thali then. Festivities are around the corner so why wait when you can be waited upon?
Maharaja Bhog, Oberoi Mall, 3rd Floor, Film City Road, Goregaon East