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Al Muroor is a part of the city we’ve mentioned in detail before. From bakeries to eateries and spas to salons, it’s an up-and-coming neighbourhood now rammed full of great restaurants such as Soulfull, Jones the Grocer and Shabby Chic. Competition for customers is naturally very high. Sitting on the edge of this location is Maharaja Palace, an Indian restaurant situated inside the Ramee Royal Hotel Apartments. And unfortunately, we were left thinking it might need to up its game to lure away custom from all those new kids on the block.

You’ll find it by taking the lift from the apartments’ lobby, which exits straight into the entrance of the eatery. A load of fish bobbing around two large fish tanks greet you as you enter, along with a waitress in a sari.
The décor has a touch of the colonials about it, thanks to some rather clever cabins for guests who want a bit of privacy. It’s a big restaurant, you could easily fit 20 or 30 people in here. The décor is all big wooden beams and dark frames around the windows.

Two HD TVs line the walls which were showing the news on our recent visit. We opted to sit in one of the train-style cabins, which is a fun way to dine, as the waitress had to slide open the door to serve our dishes and you have a bell to ring if you require any help. The only gripe we have about these cabins is the décor is a little old and worn. One of our sofa seats had a rather big dent in it and even the bell looked tatty.

We visited on a Friday lunchtime during the Holy Month of Ramadan, so we don’t feel it fair to pass comment on how busy they get, but the one thing that did frustrate was how slow the service was. Our waitress, while not unpleasant, was a tad stand-offish and did justify her slow pace by saying she was serving on her own. She seemed to be answering the phone a lot, so we can only assume that delivery orders were keeping her from looking after us.

The food was unfortunately lacklustre. To start, we ordered the hari ghara kebab and the kurmura jheenga prawns. The kebab of spinach patties were almost fluro green, nicely presented and well cooked, but were disappointingly bland and served, bizarrely, with tomato ketchup. The prawns in pastry resembled spring rolls (with tails sticking out of the end). The prawns were moist, tender and well cooked but let down by the rather ordinary pastry casing. It was the kind you’d buy from the supermarket and throw in the oven at home.

For our mains, we opted for the palak paneer lasooni and the chicken biryani. In a bid to be healthy after one too many iftars, we opted for the spinach-filled variety of the paneer (cottage cheese cubes) dish. The thick creamy sauce was moreish, but if you’re not a big fan of garlic, you should steer clear, as the taste was almost overwhelming. As we’re fans of the vampire-repelling onion genus, we’ll class it a success. The biryani, while looked great in a metal pot with a bread lid encasing the top, again frustrated. The chicken was well cooked, but the earthy, almost bitter taste meant plenty of the ample portion was left over.
Maharaja might be a palace, but the food unfortunately isn’t fit for a king at the moment.

The bill (for two)
Hara ghara kebab Dhs18
Kurmura jheenga Dhs35
Palak paneer lasooni Dhs28
Dum murgh biryani Dhs32
Two makhni naans Dhs14
Total (excluding service) Dhs127

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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Details

  • Location: Ramee Hotel Apartments, Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 642 9959
  • Travel: Muroor Street

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: RAKESH on 24 Sep ' 13 at 15:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Hi i was there in Maharaja palace it was great , food , service & also much value for money ....We are the regular to maharaja palace restaurant , i love there biryani its just so good they serve the biryani in the clay pot .
I all ways check there face book there are always offers posted .. this time they had for dining buy 1 get 1 free.. & for delivery buy 2 get 1 free that is some thing cool & even they have daily chef special .
day back i took my clients for lunch we ware 7 of them they are from us every one wanted to go for Indian food & me all ways suggest my special maharaja palace you know they loved the food food so much so much UN till they ware in abudhabi for a month every day it was maharaja palace most of the time they loved to eat lamb biryani , butter chicken , i think all of us tried each & every thing in the menu we all enjoyed it ....in the name of Indian food its too good its really worth .
And they have 2nd branch in AL FHALA STREET near to jumbo man its near to my house .... love to go with my friends & family all ways there

Posted by: Kiran on 23 Jan ' 13 at 10:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food, nice service, good ambience this is what we look at the restaurant for.

Posted by: Daghlas, Abu Dhabi on 12 Dec ' 12 at 10:06
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

In Love with this place, we go there once a week, delicious food, friendly staff, and reasonable prices.
Highly recommended ...

Posted by: bregand on 09 Nov ' 11 at 14:13
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

no restaurant at this place
this one is located one block ahead just after the bridge on the same road but on the other side and going to east
After the bridge, at the light ,u turn ,the restaurant is located in a true hotel (Ramee) .From the road going back to abu dhabi centre you will see an advertisement on your left hand side on the first building of the block
a fine restaurant

Posted by: sachin adhikari on 16 Sep ' 11 at 05:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The Best Indian Restaurant I have come across in UAE, I was a bit hesitant to go inside, thinking of the price, but they were reasonable and balanced. the curries are mind blowing, i tried one of their signature dish called deewani hundi , which is awesome,i still couldnt forget the flavours incorporated in the dish, Tandoori starters were mouth watering the mutton kebabs melted in the mouth were yummy. you should try the biryani;s which had rich flavours of north india. ambience is preety good with two large aquariums at the entrance. their family cabins are very cosy and very relaxing,

Posted by: Namrata on 11 Sep ' 11 at 06:25
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Kiran on 10 Sep ' 11 at 12:40

Nice Ambience, excellent food, excellent service, not expensive, good place to be with family

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