The Raj Restaurant
Nothing says comfort food more like a hearty serving of curry. Last week we visited The Raj restaurant in Camps Bay for dinner. The Raj restaurant offers all the splendour of traditional North Indian cuisine and is located on Victoria Road in Camps Bay, overlooking the beautiful beach front.
Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and taken to our seats. Our reservation was for 7pm, but we arrived abit earlier. The staff were quite happy to accommodate us and allow us to sit at our table. I love the ambiance of The Raj restaurant. We visited on a week night, so the restaurant was not that busy. I have visited the restaurant before, but it was over the weekend, and the ambiance was the same as a quiet night. The Raj restaurant is quite sophisticated and quiet, it makes for a fine dining experience. We chose a seat close to the front of The Raj restaurant and enjoyed the beach view. It can be distracting if you are sitting in the front because there are always people walking past the restaurant. If you prefer a more private dining experience, then I’d suggest you sit at the back of the restaurant closer to the bar. Our waitron took our drinks orders and brought us padadums with mint and coriander chutney and mild chilli chutney. Papadum is a thin, crisp, disc-shaped food typically based on a seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour, fried or cooked with dry heat. I thoroughly enjoyed the mild chilli chutney with the papadums, but I disliked the flavours of the mint and coriander chutney.
For mains, my partner ordered the lamb vindaloo and I ordered the lamb shank. The lamb vindaloo is one of the hottest curries on The Raj menu. It’s a hot goanese curry cooked with potatoes and mixture of red chillies, vinegar, cinnamon, cloves and cumin. I could only handle half a teaspoon of the curry (its THAT hot). My partner was sweating like he been sitting in a sauna for hours! But he thoroughly enjoyed the spicy flavours of the lamb vindaloo. His lamb was tender and paired well with the hot curry.
I opted for the lamb shank. The lamb shank is sautéed with whole garam masala, ginger and garlic then cooked in onion and tomato gravy on a slow fire. The lamb shank fell off the bone without any effort. The flavours of both the lamb curry dishes was deep and earthy. My lamb shank curry was spicy and rich. When curry is prepared on a slow fire, it has a lovely charred, smoky and slightly sweet flavour. My lamb shank curry was exceptionally good! The meat was tender, but it could hold the curry sauce. Both of us had naan with our curry, I ordered the plain naan (unleavened traditional bread) whereas my partner ordered the garlic naan (topped with garlic and brushed with Indian butter, ghee). The presentation of the food was great, I particularly enjoyed the fragrant smell of the curries. The portion of my lamb shank curry was bigger than the lamb vindaloo. I could barely finish half of it and took the rest home.
I enjoyed the dining experience at The Raj restaurant. I wasn’t blown away by the service but it was good. Our food arrived about 10 minutes after we placed our order and the waitron was friendly. I was impressed with the packing of my take-away box. My food was wrapped in foil, then placed in a container. The container was wrapped with cling wrap and placed in a plastic bag. I appreciated the carefully wrapped take-away container because there was no-way the curry would fall out onto my clothing or in the car. The Raj restaurant offers a wide range of delicious and authentic Indian food. They offer great vegetarian dishes too. We used our Entertainer vouchers and only paid for one main meal.
Have you eaten at The Raj restaurant?
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