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 authentic Indian fare and drinks at Maharani Restaurant. Choose between two dining options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of prix-fixe cuisine and drinks in Maharani's semiprivate Fantasy Room.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of cuisine and drinks in Maharani's main dining area, the Peacock Lounge.
Maharani, named for the Sanskrit word for empress, brings authentic Indian cuisine to San Francisco with a menu of savory selections from the subcontinent. The Peacock Lounge shines under two shimmering crystal chandeliers and among the plethora of pearls and gems dressing the space. Bollywood banquets may begin with a side of garlic naan, a traditional Indian bread, topped with garlic and cilantro ($2.50). Ramp up your palate on Maharani's popular chicken tikka masala, which is first covered in a fire-safe blanket of spices and then fire-roasted ($14.75). Herbivores and herbivoyeurs, meanwhile, can avoid carnivorous desires with the saag paneer, spinach cooked in a blend of herbs and spices that pleases the biceps of sailor men everywhere ($8.95).
More romantic fantasies come to life in Maharani's ethereally lit Fantasy Room, where hand-painted teak screens shimmering with the glow of candles set the mood for an evening of prix-fixe intrigue. Lovey-dovey diners choose from four Fantasy Feasts, starting at $32.50 per person for vegetarian meals and skewing up to $101 per person for the decadent Kama Sutra Love Banquet, an aphrodisiac dinner fired by fragrant tandoori prawns and the succulent Maharani tandoori mix—a rack of lamb and sea bass wrapped in banana leaf. The feast concludes with mango ice cream and gulab jamun while couples recline on pillows and get ideas from the vibrant paintings depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra, India's most famous pop-up book.
- 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
- Absolutely fantastic! We dined in the romantic Fantasy room. Each table is semi private with it's own lighting you can control. Food was fantastic, service was great, the water was excellent! Will definitely go again. – OpenTable user who dined on 10/18/10
1122 Post St.
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