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November 22, 2008

I had an experience eating at Maurya Palace last January:

Last night we ventured out to Maurya Palace for dinner.  There are many restaurants in Edmonton (like Haweli and Khanaza) that have Indian food buffets.  Maurya Palace wasn’t the biggest, but it was the best. 

Now I have a lot of respect for people who review restaurants properly, like Andree.  My camera wasn’t working, so I could not take pictures.  I forgot exactly what I ate.  I think I should have written something down.

There was naan and basmati rice and butter chicken.  Plus that stuff with cheese and that other stuff with chickpeas.  And some rice pudding and chai for dessert.  Oh, and beef curry was in there somewhere.  I ate too much and regretted it all night long, waking up to think – I ate too much, too late.

That was me in January.  Tonight, we ordered take-away.  We asked if they delivered, and the woman answered, yes, but not tonight.  So Mike dutifully got into the car and fetched our food. 

We looked at the menu online and could not resist something entitled:  The King’s Combination.  There were so many different curries on the menu that my head started to swim in virtual curry sauce, so the combo option took all the guessing game out of ordering Indian food.  I think it is like Indian Food for Dummies.  But this seemed like a logical choice for us.

Sadly, when Mike arrived home, he had a only a lonely little plastic sectioned dish of food.  Thankfully he ordered some chapati on the side.  Clearly the Kings Combination was meant to feed one, not three.  We stood there and looked at our sad little meal.  Then we took a deep breath and divided things up between the three of us.  Mike took most of the chicken curry.  I scooped out the vegetable curry, and Aaron got the rice.  We would make due.

maurya

It looks not bad, huh?

The chicken curry was ordered medium, which for us meant:  extremely hot.   Mixing the raiti (yogurt and onion) in with the curry helped with that.  The chapati was cold, but what do you expect for take-away?  A quick zap in the microwave helped that.  The vegetable curry was cauliflower – nicely cooked and not mushy.  The whole thing was very aromatic.  It ended up being a perfectly adequate dinner.  You win some, and you lose some.

I’d suggest dragging your butts to Maurya Palace to eat there in person.  The take-away version doesn’t quite capture the whole essence of the place, and the buffet is the way to go.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that, some chai, great service and show stopping smells wafting from the kitchen.  Those kinds of things are what makes an eating experience. 

Maurya Palace
9266 34 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780.468.9500

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  1. November 26, 2008 7:28 pm

    Hey Sue, We love Maurya Palace too. We go there in the winter for the buffet lunch. Yes, you arrive and can be eating within moments! It’s fabulous. And being a buffet, you can have as much or as little as you want. That way, you don’t have to make do with one dish among three hungry people. Some evenings they have the dinner buffet: Tuesday: Vegetarian Buffet from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    Thursday & Sunday: Non-Vegetarian Buffet from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM

    Jenn

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