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Nov 7, 2006 09:14 PM

Maharaja Sweets and Snacks, Jackson Heights

Whenever I'm feeling like Indian food to take home, I tend to get a chat from Maharaja and some meaty items at Kababish (the take out store on Broadway), but this time, I just wanted some simple vegetarian items at Maharaja. I eat here every so often, and I'm usually pleased by the price/value/taste ratio, and I do think their palak paneer is pretty good (sometimes as good as Mina's, but not as good as the defunct Rajdani's). But this time, I tried what's called lemon rice. I've never seen that before on another menu, and it seemed interesting. Was it ever. It's kind of a cross between a biryani and a Persian polo rice dish, with a strong aroma from the lemon and other spices, but not overly spiced like some biryanis can be. It might fall into my regular repertoire of items, along with their chat, which I find very consistent. If you've never had their special nan with the dried cherries, that's another interesting surprise for your palate.

Maharaja Sweets and Snacks
7310 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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  1. Interesting. I have gotten sweets from there and always meant to try some of their veg dishes, but never got around to it.

    8 Replies
    1. re: Brian S

      Sadly enough, I have sworn off Maharaja for awhile, maybe forever. We have been going there for years and adore their chats, but about a month ago were treated unbelievably (!!!) discourteously by a surly waiter (along with other patrons)during the lunch buffet (Glasses slammed down on table, shouted at across the room, zero eye contact, utensils thrown down in front of us-I could go on and on...) When I very nicely told the owner upon leaving, she basically laughed and said something along the lines of people having different personalities and the food being cheap enough that one just has to deal with it.....
      Ummm, I don't think so. Rahabog Sweets across the street has been just fine :) But I do miss the lemon rice....

      All Good Things,

      1. re: ZenFoodist

        I wonder if they have changed chefs? I ate there in 2008 and found the palak paneer extremely salty and could not finish it. It's a vegetarian restaurant, but I will never go back again. Today I ate at Dosa Place not far from there, 35-66 73rd St. It is not a vegetarian restaurant but offered some nice vegetarian option. I had the spring rolls which were extremely crunchy, tightly packed with flavor, and not at all greasy. I also had the Vegetarian Thali which had 10 items on a plate for $8.99. Everything on it was again quite delicious. The food gave me good energy for many hours. I don't know how they make the fried dishes so crunchy and not greasy, but I would definitely go back again and try their other vegetarian items. So happy to have found this place. I think if a non-vegetarian restaurant has good vegetarian food, it's usually a good indication that their other food of pretty high standard. But I wonder if anyone else has tried this restaurant recently?

        1. re: veg out

          not recently, but I've been there a bunch; the place with a low raised dias for musical performances? I like the rava masala dosa, had some other things and it was all pretty good but rajhbog's masala dosa hits the spot too. are we thinking of the place just near the corner of 73rd and 37th; used to be named Dosa Diner, or vice versa? the address you give is different.

          1. re: bigjeff

            For the record, Dosa Place (35-66 73rd Street) is an all-vegetarian restaurant. I love their dosas, but will have to try Rajhbog's next time I'm in the area. I do not recall there ever being spring rolls on the menu, so perhaps veg_out is thinking of a different place?

            1. re: PlomeekSoup

              I took their card when I left so the address should be correct. Indeed there is a small stage for live music. But I thought I had to look in the vegetarian section of the menu. Looks like I'll have to go back to Dosa Place and read their menu again and try more of their dishes. Sigh. ;)

              1. re: veg out

                maybe the spring rolls are the thin-skinned little kind, maybe even triangular? the place is good, and i like it, but I want better and I've yet to try maharaja's.

              2. re: PlomeekSoup

                Yes it is all vegetarian, you are right. Yes they do have spring rolls. I am here looking at their menu. :)

                1. re: PlomeekSoup

                  Now Dosa Place is called Dosa Delight, but the food remains the same, delicious.

                  Dosa Place
                  35-66 73rd St, Queens, NY 11372

        2. specific chaat that you liked? sometimes I like it vegetable-y but when I'm feeling indulgent, I just want the crunchy stuff; I don't usually prefer samosa chaat, esp. after I started eating the other kinds and realized it wasn't just sweet chickpeas dumped over a mashed up samosa.

          1. The masala dosa here is currently my favorite. It is a bit thicker and heartier, and the masala inside is not overwhelmingly potato, but instead has a variety of great stuff. The coconut chutney it comes with is quite good as well.