Raj of India, Collier Row {Review}

Wednesday, 15 August 2012



A few weeks ago, hubby and I had an unexpected kid-free evening, so we decided (after a miserable day at work) to treat ourselves to a meal out. We hadn't eaten Indian food for a while so opted for one of our favourite local Indian restaurants - Raj of India in Collier Row.  It was a Tuesday evening and it was not very busy. They also had a special banqueting night offer on of five courses for £10.95. The courses are a poppadom, starter, main dish, side dish and rice or naan bread. What a bargain!

We always, always start with poppadoms. I love the crisp texture and the toppings that go with them - onion salad, mango chutney and mint sauce. I despise with a passion, the lime pickle though! Hubs ordered a beer, I ordered a G&T (treated myself lol, don't often drink alcohol!) and we began our Indian feast! 

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Whilst munching on our poppadoms, we looked at the menu, but I knew exactly what I wanted! Like I said this is our favourite local Indian restaurant, and they do dishes that I haven't seen anywhere else.  Diet, by the way went well out of the window! I had a Lamb Kathi Kebab which is lambed cooked with onions and tomatoes wrapped in an egg omelette. Tastes so good! The normal price for this is £3.95, but was included in the special offer :)

Lamb Kathi Kebab, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Lamb Kathi Kebab

Lamb Kathi Kebab, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Hubby went for the Mix Kebab with pieces of chicken tikka, lamb tikka and sheek kebab. £4.95 usually, but also included in the offer. 

Mix Kebab, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Mix Kebab

With starters served by the very friendly waiting staff, we tucked in, savouring everything because it was so tasty...and also because it was a real treat! Our main dishes came out, along with the sides we ordered. I had ordered Sali Gusht, which I have only ever seen on the menu at this restaurant. It is a spicy lamb dish with crispy potato flakes on top. Yummy! Normally £7.95...you can see what a great offer this banqueting night is!

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Sali Gusht

My husband always picks different dishes when we have Indian food - I always stick to what I know! So this time around he chose Lamb Tikka Korai, which is is a medium hot curry cooked with onions and green peppers. Usual price, £7.65

Lamb Tikka Korai, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Lamb Tikka Korai

We decided to share a rice and had ordered Vegetable Rice (£2.75) and a Naan Bread (£1.75)

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Vegetable Rice

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Naan Bread

For the side dishes we chose Sag Aloo (curried potatoes and spinach, £2.75) and Mushroom Bhaji (£2.75) which was sautéed mushrooms in a curry sauce. I've never had this before and wow, what a joy for the taste buds that was!

Mushroom Bhaji, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Mushroom Bhaji

Sag Aloo, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Sag Aloo

Being the piggies that we were, we also ordered some Onion Bhaji (£2.25) and not included in the special offer as we'd already ordered our sides.

Onion Bhaji, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Onion Bhaji

Onion Bhaji, Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

With all the dishes at the table, which are always presently nicely, we dished up and dug in!

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Hubby put the lot on his plate and proudly took this photo for me :)

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I chose to be less of a gannet and put little bits of each dish on my plate! Like I said earlier, I tend to order the same stuff at an Indian restaurant, I likes what I like, but always have a taste of hubby's curry, and it was a-maz-ing! Might have to have the korai next time.

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Vegetable Rice

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Mushroom Bhaji

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Sag Aloo

We both commented how good the food tasted, not sure if it was because we were really hungry, or because we've not eaten Indian food for a while...I'm sure a combination of those, but also, because the food is very very good at Raj of India.

Despite putting all that grub away, we found a little room for dessert. The desserts menu in Indian restaurants always crack me up. They're so 70s and retro, as are the desserts. Hubs went for the mint choc ice-cream and I had coconut ice-cream, served in half a coconut shell.  So kisch, so yummy!

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Raj of India, Collier Row Review at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

And there ends my review of the Raj of India, Collier Row...a great Indian meal, at a bargain price of £10.95 per person Sunday to Thursday, unless of course you have extras like we did. The food is tasty, hot and served quickly and the waiting staff are attentive and friendly. I don't hesitate in recommending this restaurant, and even at full price you really get a great meal for your money.  PS. They also deliver!

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