Restaurant Maurya - in Amsterdam / Restaurants [with 3D] / Indian, Pakistani, & Afghan

Restaurant Maurya

Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 49A
1017 PW

Tel: 0031 (0)206263809
Opening times: 5pm - 10.30pm

Web: website

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This place is tucked down the Korte Leidsestraat accross the street from the Boom Chicago next to the Leidseplein area, which makes it a very accessible location. You have to head upstairs but don't be put off because the staff are very welcoming. The menu is a good authentic varied menu and the wine list is very reasonably priced. They do real tandoori cooking so they have all the classic Moghul/Punjabi oven cooked dishes like chicken tikka etc aswell as all the delicious breads. They also have a range of Indian beers and complimentary papadams with chutney and sauces on arrival. Every Friday and Saturday they have live Classical Indian Music and a few days before I visited it was frequented by the legendary Bollywood film icon Amitabh Bachchan!
We tried a range of starters; mango and chicken salad, channa chat and sheek kebab. These were all very good. The latter two based on authentic Delhi recipes. For main course we sampled a variety of dishes and breads. The chicken vindaloo was flavoursome and very hot! The lamb rogan josh was very tasty and the lamb nihara (lamb on the bone slowly stewed and simmered in a gravy of rare spices) was awesome. I would come to this restaurant for this dish alone. In my knowledge its the only restaurant in Amsterdam serving it and with the methi parantha and naan breads its a great combinantion. In an area where many of the restaurants are very touristy this is a gem. Its authentic not tourist food and do not be put off by having to go upstairs as they are extremely welcoming. For desert we had a Patiala, Indian rice pudding and kulfi mixed together and then an Indian whiskey and coffee. In the end they had to practically roll us out of the restaurant. First class!