Maharani Indian Restaurant information

Maharani is a well established restaurant in the heart of Clapham. They serve a range of Indian favourites on their menu and all their food is freshly prepared on the premises.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 00:00




12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00

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Maharani Indian Restaurant reviews

By Jo E.

My boyfriend and I came to Maharani on valentines day on recommendation from a friend as one of the best Indian restaurants in the area. It didn't disappoint! Exceptional traditional service and the food was delicious. Can highly recommend the chicken sholay - one of the house specials- which arrived on a sizzling hot plate. I had this with the lemon rice. Both of which were full of flavour. I will definitely come back here in future. The only thing I would change would be the decor and lighting to give it a cosier feel but that's just me!

By Tyrone B.

After walking up and down clapham high street I ended up in Maharani Indian Restaurant and would say never have I been to a restaurant where you have a minimum charge of £16 per head and extra if you want breast of chicken. We ordered bombay potato and popodoms as a starter and was pushed into trying to order something else to which I said no. Then as no supprise to me the waiter still brought the dish he offered us. I sent it back and got what I asked for. Then when mine and my girlfriends main came out the chicken was the horrible strangly bits you would normally throw away. To top it off I could see the waiters looking over and laughing as if they had done something to my food as I did order a vindaloo to which he said its hot. I do know I felt like saying I have only been eating it for years. I just could not wait to get out of Maharani Indian Restaurant and asked for the bill when it came to the table everything was scribbled so that I could not see what it said and the bill for two with one starter one main each one rice one naan one beer and a tap water £40 what a rip off please please please stay away!

By Valentina C.

Visited this restaurant on a Friday evening and it was buzzy without being too busy - service was attentive and the food was excellent. The bill came at £90 for 4 mains, 3 rice, 1 poppadom, 2 starters, 3 wines and 1 soft drink - it was worth the money but at £22.5 a head for a curry this is more like a treat than a place I would go every week. Will definitely be back, though, I'm sure!

By Kelly H.

Maharani has been in business about 50 years, and with good reason. A real landmark on Clapham High Street.

The Venue
Maharani is located a short walk from Clapham Common station. It’s a lot more upmarket than the Indian restaurants you get in East London but still retains a hint of authenticity. The beautiful, bold Indian imagery and artwork on the walls helps to set the scene and light up the otherwise neutral colour scheme although the rather unattractive green patterned carpet does stand out for the wrong reasons.

Row upon row of white tablecloth bedecked tables are appealing and not at all sandwiched in so you won’t be knocking elbows with your neighbour. If you’re booking, it’s best to ask for one of the comfortable booths for four people – particularly those by the large floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant.

The Atmosphere
The service at Maharani is matter of fact to say the least; however, if you engage the staff in a spot of banter they do start to warm up and reciprocate. Service is efficient and quick and you won’t be left waiting between courses, even on busier nights, typically Fridays and Saturdays.

The Food
When you see – and taste – the food it’s easy to see why Maharani has such a loyal local following and why it’s lasted for so long. The food here is consistently excellent quality and the prices are reasonable. For starters, the rupchanda bhaji (£6.95) is highly recommended. It’s an unusual Bengal fish that is white and fleshy and strips away from the bone with ease cooked with onions with traditional Bengali spices that add a little heat.

Main courses cover everything from English favourites to more traditional Indian dishes, ranging from £6.75 to £12.95. If you like to stick with what you know, the prawn kurma (£7.95) is delicious with a generous helping of plump, well cooked prawns in a coconut-rich, creamy yellow korma sauce. The flavour of the prawns comes through in the sauce and heightens the flavour – a nice alternative to the standard chicken korma. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more adventurous, the chicken jalpai (£7.95) is recommended, comprising tender pieces of marinated chicken cooked with fresh cream and herbs. The cream adds a nice depth to the curry and lightens the hot undertone to each mouthful.

For sides, portions of fluffy rice come in at the £3 mark and the keema naan (£2.95) is excellent, with a light, fluffy bread peeling back to reveal well-spiced, meaty lamb inside. Otherwise, the sag bhaji (£3.85) is a triumph – who knew spinach could be such a highlight? The spinach is well spiced and the iron-heavy flavours are balanced by a creaminess that comes through in the aftertaste.

The Drink
The drink menu at Maharani is secondary to the food, with a small selection of wine available by the bottle. Only the house wines are available by the glass, although the house white is surprisingly good – a dry white with a delicate flavour that surpasses the usual house option. Traditional Indian beers, a few soft drinks and some aperitifs finish the offering, which is adequate.

The Last Word
Maharani has been a favourite among locals for almost half a century for a reason. The food is excellent and the prices aren’t unreasonable. And if you’re lucky enough to live nearby you can have the food delivered straight to your door.

By Nora B.

The Maharani serves some of the tastiest food I have had at an Indian restaurant but given the area in which they are based I find their accessability limited. Not for the first time I have been out for a late afternoon wander and gone for a meal only to find them closed. On a busy saturday afternoon, hungry and thirsty I turn up to find several shoppers also turning away in disappointment. Great food, excellent service but bad times.

By Simon M.

A really, really bad experience from start to finish. Rude, confrontational staff. Bland, poorly prepared food. Not expensive but still felt like a rip-off given the terrible standards. Given the stiff competition on Clapham High St I'm really shocked this place makes so little effort.

Don't bother, I won't be again.

By C.

We ate at Maharani Indian Restaurant as a large family group after watching Clapham Common fireworks. We had a reservation but with a queue out the door the place was packed full. Even so we were well looked after and had delicious food. I am more than happy to recommend the Maharani Indian.

By J.

I think the Maharani is the best Indian restaurant in London, I really do. Of particular quality are the Tandoori and Tikka dishes, particularly the Chicken Tikka. It is beautifully succulant. The Lamb Pasanda is beautiful with a lovely natural colour and nutty texture to the sauce and a little sprinkling of toasted almond slivers to finish it off. Saag dishes are also good and appear to use fresh spinich unlike some lesser restaurants. Rogon Josh is another favorite. I could go on - I haven't had a dish there that I didn't like. And I've had a lot of Indian food...

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