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Maharaja Tandoori Cuisine: A Menulog Delivery

Recently I was invited to sample and review Australia’s number one online takeaway system Menulog.

I was given a voucher and paid for the remainder of my meal. The website is quite straightforward and easy to use. From the homepage all you need to do is type in your suburb – I typed in Lalor as I was eating at a friend’s place.

Consequently, it lists restaurants in your suburb and surrounding suburbs that will deliver to you. You also have the option to pick up but for the purposes of this review we went with a delivery.

I hardly have food delivered to my house so it is a little nerve racking as you worry about whether they will deliver your order correctly and on time. I chose Maharaja Tandoori Cuisine in Preston as I’ve eaten there previously and enjoyed it. Furthermore the reviews and ratings on Menulog were quite high.

Another useful feature of Menulog is you can choose a delivery time and order when they aren’t even open. We chose 7pm and I ordered quite early in the day. I received a confirmation text message just after 5pm as the restaurant opens in the evening.

The food arrived at 7.10pm, which I find reasonable considering it’s around when everyone is driving home from work. Preston is also about a 15-20minute drive, depending on traffic, from Lalor.

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A receipt was included with our order so we could check everything was there. I was impressed that it was packaged quite meticulously. Each dish, which has a lot of sauce, was stacked and covered tightly in layers of glad wrap whilst our naan bread and Tandoori chicken came in foil and a bag.

Since we weren’t too familiar with Indian food, some Googling of the menu was involved prior to ordering. We couldn’t go past the classic Butter Chicken (above, bottom dish, $12.99) and I enjoyed dipping our warm and slightly crispy naan bread (below, $1.99 each) into the sauce.

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We also decided we would try some different meats in various sauces, so after some online searches we chose the Prawn Makhani ($14.99, below photo, top dish). It looked and tasted a little similar to the butter chicken, but that means we enjoyed it.

Another aspect of the online ordering is some dishes have the option to choose your preferred level of spiciness. I chose mild for this one, but it wasn’t spicy at all, so I’d suggest if you want some spice to perhaps choose the highest one!

20140612_192412Our last curry sort of dish was the Lamb Korma (top right, $13.99), which has more of a yellow sauce. The sauce is more coconut based than the chicken and prawn dishes. We didn’t enjoy it as much but it was still good to experience some new and different type of Indian dishes.
20140612_192416Finally we chose the Tandoori Chicken (8 pieces for $16.99). It had a subtle barbecue flavour but not enough to rival the Filipino barbecue my friend is so used to.

We also received some extra sauces, but we weren’t sure what they were for as we hardly eat Indian. Times like these is when sitting in a restaurant becomes a little helpful as you can ask what it goes best with. But besides these little aspects, the delivery went smoothly and the ordering process was simple and convenient.

If you are looking for a night in but don’t want to cook, this is the perfect website. I hope more restaurants in the northern suburbs get onto it so we can have a few more options, as at the moment they are mainly Indian and Italian restaurants.

menulog2To assist you with this experience, I’m offering two $10 Menulog vouchers. All you need to do is follow the steps above and I will select the winners randomly in the following week or so.
Conditions: Expires 1 month after winner selection, only valid for delivery, Credit Card and 1 use only.

Visit Menulog here to check out your local options.

Meanwhile, Maharaja Tandoori Cuisine is located at 560 High St, Preston and is open Mon-Fri 4.30-10.30pm and Fri-Sun 12pm-10.30pm.

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