I had high hopes for our visit to Maharanis in Hampton Hargate. It has been there just about as long as the township itself and is still going strong, so it must be doing something right.
And I guess that is borne by the fact it was busy on a very early Saturday evening as well as sending out a steady stream of takeaways .
But two very average main courses sadly sent us home a tad disappointed.
The place itself, in the Hampton Hargate local shopping centre, is still quite appealing inside, and as ever (I have been there before) the service was very polite, helpful and friendly.
The menu holds no surprises, however, and is just the standard Indian restaurant fayre.
That said my starter - chosen simply because I had not come across it before - was excellent. Small potatoes - soft but not mushy - in a spicy sauce on top of a cod cake.
The sauce was super, quite hot actually but not so as to spoil the flavours bursting out.
The cod cake was still quite crisp on the outside (despited being smothered in potatoes, soft inside and pretty tasty.
Donna had a king prawn purée and was more than satisfied - plenty of it, a tasty sauce, a good helping of juicy king prawns and a warm, soft purée.
That, after a good serving of popadoms and pickles, had us both nodding in appreciation.
But the main event was to prove a let-down.
I had the tandoori mixed grill - served of a sizzling hotplate - and there was plenty of meat to go at.
The chicken leg was soft and moist but the lamb and chicken were both very dry - I gave up eating the chicken - and the coating was nothing to shout about either.
The chicken shashlik across the table was little better, again just too dry although the tomato and pepper were enjoyable enough.
And to share, a rather sorry looking limp salad - a pile of lettuce with a couple of slices of tomato and cucumber .
A poor effort in my book after such a promising start.
BRAD’S RATING: 7
VENUE: Maharani’s 56 Hargate Way, Hampton Hargate, Peterborough PE7 8DS. 01733 561111 Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
FROM THE MENU:
Rashmi Kebab ...£3.95 delicious fresh minced meat with a touch of herbs and spices
Nurgis Kebab...3.95 fresh minced lamb mixed in herbs and spices, wrapped around a boiled egg
Maharani’s Mix ...£3.50 a selection of Maharani’s favourite starters
Buttered Massala ...Chicken £7.95 Lamb £7.95 King Prawn £9.95
Passanda ...hicken £7.95 Lamb £7.95 King Prawn £9.95
Chat Massala ...Chicken £7.95 Lamb £7.95 King Prawn £9.95
Special Biriany ...Chicken £9.50 Lamb £9.50 King Prawn .............£10.95
Chicken Tikka / Lamb Tikka ...£7.50
Tandoori Chicken ...half £6.95 full £9.95
Mattar Paneer green peas with cheese...£3.95
Sag Paneer spinach with cheese...£3.95
Chana Massala chick peas ...£3.75