Maharaja Indian Restaurant
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- Takeaway / Fast Food, Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
- Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Price Range:
- Moderate, $15 - $25
- Smart casual
- Good For Groups:
- Good For Children:
- Spirits, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
- No BYO
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Takes Reservations:
- Dietary Restrictions:
- Gluten-free, Vegetarian
- Meals Served:
- Dinner, Lunch
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Seating For:
- 70 plus
- Outdoor Seating:
Reviews for Maharaja Indian Restaurant
by Alan T.
12th April 2013
Jan and I own and operate a bed and breakfast in Papanui. We have many restaurants to choose from and believe that Maharaja is one of the best. We often eat there, not just for the great food and ambience, but also because of the great service.
We have over many years taken guests to the door of the Maharaja and introduced them to Raj and his staff and we have never had one come home unsatisfied with either the price, quality or service.
Well done Maharaja, you make us look good when we get new guests coming into our home requesting your restaurant because friends of theirs have stayed with us and eaten with you. Keep doing whatever you are doing. Its working.
by Pete S.
9th July 2012
We are delighted that the Maharaja has re-opened and it’s even better than the old place – off street parking, very nice stylish decor, quite roomy inside and comfortable seating. We’ve been there twice in the last couple of months to celebrate birthdays and suffice to say it’s a favourite.
We eat out as a family and the children are always well catered for with food that is to their liking. My wife trained and worked as a chef both in NZ and overseas so we have high expectations of the food and the service. We absolutely love the menu, everything is cooked to perfection and the flavours are just divine. I’m particular about service so I notice even small things. The staff have always made us feel welcome and relaxed, I like the way they bring out hot plates and ask if you are ready for your mains. For $35 the banquet is fantastic value!
by Mike B.
17th May 2012
So happy to see this restaurant open again. We were regulars previously. Has a funky new look and a great menu and atmosphere. We have been back three times since it re-opened and, apart from a few funny moments relating to the service on the first visit it has all been smooth as.
The food is the same great food and our girls love it too. They know how to make a mild dish mild so we can enjoy our favourite indian as a family.
by Christchurch C.
30th April 2012
The Christchurch Curry Club had a really good meal here.
The food was very tasty and cooked the way it was ordered.
We recommend giving this place a try!
by Kelvin S.
13th April 2012
Great new Maharaja has got under way. Very pleasant surroundings, friendly staff and excellent food.
No trouble with service – ordered entree straight away while deciding on mains then ordered mains just before entree served. Six in party and had a delightful shared meal.
Could possibly have been more fish mains to choose from but otherwise excellent choice.
Naan bread excellent. Certainly worth another visit and more!
by Mary B.
30th March 2012
I too, have been a patron of the Maharaja Restaurant for many years, and was utterly delighted to learn that a new premises had been found and that the restaurant was up and running again.
My husband and I have been twice since it re-opened, and the quality of food and service has been as always, excellent. In fact, I didn’t think it could be improved upon, but I believe the naan bread has had a change of ingredient, and it is unbelievable, crisp, light and so moreish.
The staff are friendly and informative, the atmosphere and ambience a pleasure to experience. I appreciate the lack of loud background music, a nightmare in many restaurants these days. The decor is restful and harmonious.
The Maharaja is a restaurant to be experienced, and is to be congratulated. It is a Papanui icon, and long may it continue to serve the best Indian cuisine I have tasted.
If I could only produce Indian meals in my home like this restaurant, I would be very happy, but I know that it takes skill and in-depth knowledge of Indian cuisine and of regional differences in that country. The Maharaja has got it right.
by Bob V.
11th March 2012
We have been customers for many years and were sad to see the original restaurant damaged; and we thought gone.
We managed to keep in touch and knew they had committed to the re-opening so was pleased to enjoy a fine meal with our brother in-law from Wellington last night.
The quality of food and service was as expected, well done, you will certainly get our continued support. Ambience of the house is great.
by ruth d.
10th March 2012
This is the second time I have been to maharaja in a week and once again it didn’t disappoint. Went in couple of days ago after contemplating where to dine inn. There was a good crowd in for being fairly late on a Thursday night, just after 9pm and Maharaja were happy to have us in and didn’t rush us.
The food is great. The samosa’s tasted fresh and we had these as an entree. For mains we had lamb bhuna and butter chicken. The chicken although not overly spicy was well cooked and served in a delicious creamy sauce. and the lamb just broke apart, absolutely beautiful. it didn’t at all taste oily. Served with rice and the must try garlic naan bread. I really do mean MUST TRY.
Solid service all night and never felt as though they wanted you to leave. I cannot stop recommending this place to all my friends and family.
If you are in shake city and are looking for a good Indian then you cannot go past this lil gem…hidden inside the most beautifully renovated villa. Pleased we were introduced to maharaja. Planning our next visit already!!
by Andy K.
8th March 2012
Congratulations to Maharaja for having the courage to re-open and lift Indian dining to a whole new level.
I have been a regular at the Maharaja for 10 years. It is, without question, the best Indian restaurant in Christchurch. I can say this because I have eaten at just about all of them.
I have come to learn that the difference between Maharaja and the others is the time that goes into creating and preparing the food. Every ingredient is sourced fresh, spices are ground by hand in a mortar and pestle, and the dishes are made from scratch every day. Again, I know this because I’m curious and I love cooking, so I’ve had a look at how it’s done!
This is Indian made with a lot of love. It takes time, as all good things do. But I’m always very happy to pass that time with a 500ml bottle of Kingfisher Strong Ale. Perfect.
by Wendy R.
4th March 2012
Do not waste your time & money on this restaurant.
We use to be loyal customers of the Maharaja in its old site and was very pleased that it had re-opened. We went there on Saturday evening to be told that it was no longer BYO. The cheapest bottle of wine is $35.
We ordered the banquet which included starters and a curry of your own choice. I chose the Tandoori chicken, my husband the vindaloo.
After half an hour of waiting the starters finally arrived after a reminder on our part. Half an hour after that the hostess came to explain that the chef only cook fresh chicken in the tandoor and he had only just put it in and it would take 40 mins to cook. We paid for our starters and walked out never to return.Comment from Rajiv B. of Maharaja Indian Restaurant 8/03/2012
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