Maharaja’s Retreat, on Maid Marian Way, opened its doors to the public in September, with a menu and interior fit for kings.
A Maharaja is the title given to a great ruler who enjoys nothing more than getting stuck into a plateful of colours, fragrances and textures, and the menu at this eatery has been designed to replicate that — as well as classic menu items like Gosht Zaika or Tadka Daal Panchmel, they’ve also added some regional dishes to give diners something a little different.
Maharaja’s Retreat is a family-owned business, the newest venture from the brains behind Calcutta Club, situated just a few doors up the road. The restaurant is managed by sibling-duo Suraj Dhaliwal and Andeep Mann with support from their dad John Dhaliwal, while the food is left in complete control of John’s brother, award-winning head chef Barry Dhaliwal.
The official opening of the restaurant was attended by around 120 people, including a couple of us from the ‘Lion, who were especially impressed not only by the lavish interiors, but the selection of tasty bites we got to try. Our advice? Definitely give the Sev Pappadi Chaat a try — sev, chickpeas and crispy pappadi tossed in coriander leaves, mint, yoghurt and tamarind chutney. Delish.
It’s been a few weeks since the opening, and Maharaja’s Retreat is already proving popular with local diners, bagging itself some raving reviews on Google. Looks like we’ve got another welcome addition to Notts’ “curry mile” on our hands — let’s hope it sticks around.
Maid Marian Way, NG1 6GF