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Mahajara Bhog


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Mahajara Bhog

brucesw | | Mar 19, 2013 12:00 PM

I finally got around to re-visiting this place. I had gone a few days after they first opened and got a 'meal box' to go (earlier thread: ). The food was very good but the portions were kind of small; nevertheless I don't partake of 'all you can eat' type places very often and haven't been in a hurry to return. But Alison Cook gave it a rave review recently and I think it was she who included it on her list of recommended places to take out-of-towners for a sample of Houston's best ethnic dining, pretty impressive for such a new place. Early reviews were negative, mostly on the service glitches, but more recently, especially on Yelp, they run to the wildly enthusiastic.

My take: this is an experience not to be missed. You may not care for the particular food (Gujurati and Rajasthani) or the lack of meat, but the experience itself is wonderful.

You will be assaulted by wave upon wave of servers, wanting to dish out their offerings for you; at one time, there were 4 in line waiting on me (okay, the place wasn't crowded at all). The parade continues throughout the meal. I found the food excellent. The curries are lighter than typical Northern Indian fare, but you will get filled up, nonetheless. This is a true Indian dining experience, not Westernized. You'll get samples of every element of a traditional Indian meal - the starches (the rice comes out at the end), the dals, the curries, the pickles, the sweets, the chutneys, the beverages. It begins with handwashing and chaas, the Indian version of buttermilk; before you know it, the little katoris on your thali are all filling up. I got no pictures; I was so excited by the process, when the initial assault of servers had run it's course, I couldn't wait to dig in. There are pictures on Yelp but pictures don't capture the experience. Don't worry about how small the little cups are, the servers will keep coming until you wave them off, several times.

I prefer to function here as an information source rather than a booster or cheerleader for any particular place so I'm stepping out of character here, but, again, if you like Indian food at all, go at least for the experience. It may well ruin any other Indian buffet for you at the very least.

(the restaurant pics on the website are not of the Houston location which is in a typical Houston strip mall).

In spite of myself, I way overate. I need to go out in the back yard and chop down a tree or something.

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