Last Sunday, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at the newly opened Maurya in Beverly Hills.
They had been open for 2 weeks. The place is sleek modern, and quite spacious inside. Besides the main dining area, they have a bar and a lounge with plasma TVs, and 2 private rooms for cocktails and dining. They also have a private entrance in the back. Parking is not easy, but since we arrived at their opening hour of 5:30pm, we got parking right out front. Others in our party arriving later had difficulty finding parking close by, even on a rainy sunday evening.
Their menu is quite extensive, and they have a number of dishes that are different. The chef is from the Bombay Sun'n'Sand hotel, and his expertise is evident in a number of dishes. We were a party of 9 adults and 2 kids, with 3 vegetarians. Here is what we ordered (some dishes were double orders):
Papri-chaat - this is the flour crisps covered with potatoes and other savouries and topped with chutneys. These were quite big in size and very tasty. $6.95 for 3
Dum Aloo Kashmiri - potatoes stuffed with paneer, dry fruits and nuts and cilantro in a tomatoey gravy. There were 3 pieces in the dish, and the gravy was creamy. This was also quite interesting. $11.95
Dal-e-Maurya - black lentils - this was as better than the daal makhani I had in the most well known restaurant in Delhi (Bukhara in the Maurya Sheraton) - and probably for me the standout dish - though I am not big on daals - I just could not stop eating this at the table. $10.95
Baingan Bharta - roasted eggplant - no different than at most Indian restaurants - tasty. $10.95
(Other dishes I would try on next trip would be Deewan-e-Handi - assorted green vegetables in spinach gravy; Paneer Pudina Masala - paneer in mint and spinach; Bhuna Shabnam Masala - paneer, mushrooms and green peas in cashewnut gravy)
Seekh Kabab Luckhnowi - Minced lamb kebabs - The meat in Indian kebabs are much more spiced up than in middle eastern or Turkish cuisine - this was perfect, very tender minced meat and just the right level of spicing - 3 skewers to an order, $15.95
Kadhai Murg - chicken cooked in tomatoes, chopped onions, garlic, fenugreek and cilantro - this was also a standout - as good as the version in Ambala Dhaba (and my past favorite - the departed Khalis in Montrose) - this was the most spicy and standout dish amongst the non-veg choices. $13.95
Murgh Shahi Korma - chicken in a white sauce, coked in onion, ginger, garlic with yoghurt and shahi paste, flavored with cardamom, cloves - this was a decent dish, but probably the most pedestrian of what we ordered (the maitre-de suggested we get this) - the leftover I had last night tasted quite good. $14.95
(There are many unusual dishes to try on future visits: Adraki Lamb Chops - lamb marinated in ginger and black pepper and cooked in tandoori oven; Sarson Jhinga Jaytuni - prawn with mustard and olives; Makai Seekh Kabab - minced vegetables and corn kebabs; Methi-garlic fish - sea bass in fenugreek greens with garlic; Nalli Nihari - Lamb shank curry; Nariali gosht - lamb curry in coconut with fennel)
Some ordered beer, some ordered the mango lassi (usually a no-no for me - this fills you up before you start), and we had taken in champagne and cream of cassis to toast with a Royal Kir - no corkage charge for that. I don't know what their corkage fee is.
They offered us complimentary dessert (our order was quite large) - kulfi - which was excellent - better than what we crave at Ambala.
They have a limited selection of beers (5 - I told the owner they should increase their selection); wines are quite reasonable priced (starting from $18 - many under $30).
I think this is one of the best Indian restaurants in LA that we have recently tried. I have no connection with this restaurant.
151 South Doheny Drive (net to Writers Guild)
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 786 7858