Vegetarian food often does not excite many carnivores, but a meal at any of the four Maharaja Bhog outlets in Mumbai can prove to be a gastronomic journey one may actually enjoy. The lavish thali when laid out can be quite intimidating no matter how ravenous you are. Farsan, four vegetables, two dals, a special dish of the day, two kadhis, Indian breads, rice, khichdi, sweets, chutneys, and pickles. 33 items to devour, is indeed a lot of food. What is more, this is an unlimited thali and comes with a complimentary bottle of mineral water. The sandalwood and saffron infused welcome drink is refreshing. Surprisingly, the food is not overly rich or greasy. Each morsel boasts of the quintessential sweet Gujarati and spicy Rajasthani flavours, be it from the copious use of coriander seeds, or jaggery, or even the typical farsan. No scope for monotony here, as each dish is distinct. The effusive hospitality by the serving staff can get a bit obtrusive. Ever ready to refill your thali, one is often not allowed a minute’s respite. Rajasthani kadhi, makai rotla, elaichi shrikhand, are the highlights.