My fiance and I were celebrating our anniversary and really wanted to dine out. Restaurants in Toronto are currently closed for indoor dining but Vaughan is not. We found this indian restaurant in Vaughan called Urban Maharajas. This place has some really good reviews and I haven’t had indian food in over a year. Urban Maharajas is also the first indian restaurant in north American to serve organic food. All of this and we had to give this place a try.
We didn’t want to get too much as an appetizer as we know how filling the mains can get. We went for a classic beef samosa ($1.20) as well as pakora ($5.99). A samosa is a pastry stuffed with ground beef, and pakora is fried vegetable fritters.
I’ve had samosas many times but I’ve never had pakora. And if I did I don’t remember. The pakora was really good, my favourite out of the two.
The only unfortunate thing was that both appetizers were drenched in oil. Especially the samosa. We were able to squeeze out a puddle of oil (yes a puddle) which should not be the case.
I went a little safe with our mains. When I say safe I mean we went for classic indian dishes; beef biryani ($16.99) and butter chicken with garlic naan ($18.99).
I love trying new things and I’ve tried a wide variety of indian dishes from restaurants and different festivals I’ve attended. But I haven’t had indian food in over a year and was really craving butter chicken. The portion was definitely worth the money. I love garlic naan. It complimented the butter chicken so well.
The biryani was good to though I have to admit I’ve had better.
I really wanted their mixed nut kulfi ($5.99). Kulfi is an indian ice cream, usually in a popsicle form made from condensed milk and heavy cream. Unfortunately they did not have it so I decided to go for a mango lassi ($5.25). Mango lassi is a smoothie made from yogurt. Now I’m not really suppose to be consuming dairy but I couldn’t pass on the mango lassi. I’ve only had it maybe one other time. In general I love indian desserts. How can you leave an indian restaurant without their dessert?!
Urban Maharajas satisfied my indian food craving. A great indian restaurant if you’re looking for one in Vaughan. Out of everything I would say the butter chicken and mango lassi tied it for me, and the beef samosa was my least favourite.