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Observations on Maharani and Himilayan Kitchen on Oahu

Joebob | Nov 22, 201112:12 AM

I've grown very fond of Himilayan Kitchen, and russkar suggested I try Maharani, so I did. Ordered lamb saag and fish masala curry. I thought the lamb was actually kind of uninteresting. The spinach was pureed and I prefer to see the green streaks and savor the slight variations in texture. It also tasted OK and the lamb was not overcooked, but seemed to be underspiced. However, the portion was a little larger than HK's The fish masala curry was quite good and the amount of fish was substantial. The rice at Maharani was slightly overcooked but nicely flavored, whereas the rice at HK is just plain rice. Generally though, I prefer the complexity and freshness of the curry flavorings at HK. The pooris at Maharani are way too greasy, definitely inferior to HK's. Another plus for HK was that, on the Fri. eve. we went, Maharani was very noisy and the tables seemed to be closer together than at HK. Hard to make conversation. Prices are slightly smaller at HK, but, as above, so are the portions. My preference, by a small margin, is HK though, to be fair, I might enjoy Maharani more at a less crowded time, if such exists. Any better Indian restaurants on Oahu than these?

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