What You'll Get
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book originally ended with boy-cub Mowgli overturning a police vehicle in a hunger-driven rage after his favorite neighborhood Indian restaurant was closed down. Avoid similar extreme measures with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Indian eats and drinks at Maharani Restaurant.
Maharani, named for the Sanskrit word for "empress," brings authentic Indian cuisine to San Francisco with a menu of savory selections from the subcontinent. Begin your Bollywood banquet with a side of garlic naan ($2.50), a traditional Indian bread, topped with garlic and cilantro to get palates prepared for Maharani's most popular dish—chicken tikka masala ($14.75), which is first covered in a fire-safe blanket of spices and then fire-roasted. Spare poultry and spear sheep with the seekh kebab ($13.95), featuring skewered minced lamb bedecked in herbs and spices, or avoid carnivorous desires altogether with the saag paneer ($8.95), offering spinach cooked in a blend of herbs and spices that pleases the biceps of sailor men everywhere. Maharani diners can wash down their dinners with a selection of wine and beer as thirst quenching as the world's largest democracy.
Maharani is the vision of owner and executive chef Joy Kapur, a Joy-of-all-trades also responsible for the framed poetry adorning Maharani's walls, as well as the estimated one million painted hearts—one for each letter in the Australian alphabet—throughout the restaurant. Opt for a feast in one of Maharani's two dining spaces: the Peacock Lounge shines under two shimmering crystal chandeliers and among the plethora of pearls and gems dressing the space, whereas the Fantasy Room, which has its own prix-fixe menus, revels in romance, with its concealing beaded curtains, comfortable pillow seating, intimate candlelight glow, and vibrant paintings depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra, India's most famous pop-up book.
This Groupon is not valid for use on Valentine's Day, Christmas, New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day.
- The Chicken Tikka Masala was delicious. I'm definitely a fan of this little treasure. The service was great and the refreshing water floating with cucumber and lemons was a big surprise. – Earl C., Yelp
- I can enjoy full-tilt hot spice flavors, but my wife likes a milder level of spices, and was very happy with this aspect. The service was appropriate to the concept of a feast rather than a quick meal. – OpenTable user who dined on 04/01/10
- ...almost the 8th wonder of the world...right here in San Francisco – dilkamaharaja, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 29, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Not valid with other offers. Not valid on Valentine's Day, Christmas, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.