Open Hours: Lunch: noon-2:30p daily, Dinner: 6p-midnight daily
The Maharajah is often considered the best of the three curry houses on Castle Street. The restaurant's decor is a cut above the rest and its food is ... More
The Maharajah is often considered the best of the three curry houses on Castle Street. The restaurant's decor is a cut above the rest and its food is delicious. All the usual suspects are here: tandoori, korma, balti, rogan josh, madras and vindaloo (all with vegetarian versions). For those of you who fancy a starter, or a side dish, there's plenty of choice too: bhaji, a myriad of naans, chapati, poppadums and much more to whet your appetite.
As a party of eight we decided that we would all meet for a curry at the Maharajah last night. Up until then We had a excellent evening and seemed like this was the best way to finish it off. We phoned and booked for a late sitting and were told on the phone that we better we quick as they were waiting to close. From the first minute it felt like we were being rushed through as several impatient waiters pounced on us asking if we were ready to order as soon as we were seated.
The service started poorly as the waiters threw piles of cutlery onto the table and the starters were passed along the line although there were ample waiters to distribute the food.
Towards the end of our meal a couple of us were still finishing our very hot curries, one of my friends was struggling with the jalfrezi and he requested a glass of water, he was told very quickly '' sorry the bar is closed ''. The bill was slapped on the table before we had asked for it or finished our main courses, without being offered any dessert or coffee. We refused to pay the service charge as we felt like we had been rushed through the whole meal and the whole way through we felt like we were an inconvience and not paying customers, the waiters were only interested in going home time. They told us that it was unnaceptable that we didnt pay the service charge as it was compulsory and the next time we ate there we would have to serve ourselves
I have eaten out in many places in Cambridge but NEVER have i been in such a hostile environment as last night, the customer service skills the staff demonstated were apaulling and if you are looking for a relaxed and happy experience i would suggest that you go elsewhere.
I will be phoning the manager to discuss my concerns today but i feel this will be pointless reading other reviews .
I go to the Maharajah often, as it's the best of the 3 curry restaurants on Castle Hill. I used to find the Curry King on Bridge Street better, but their food went downhill the last few times I went. The Maharajah has at least been consistent in provided decent food, with good ambiance. Can get very popular (rightly so), which may be why I've once experienced over-zealous table-clearing and bill-presenting, but I'm going back again this weekend, so would recommend it.
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