A visit to the Raj Indian Restaurant in Camps Bay needs to be on the agenda for anybody visiting or living in Cape Town. When it comes to service, quality, taste and presentation, the Raj has it all.
My recent visit to this fine dining establishment was nothing short of an exceptional experience.
I have previously eaten at their Camps Bay branch and the experience was surreal. Once I returned home, I had to let everybody know of my experience at the Raj. Once I found out I was going to be visiting Cape Town again, I had to show my friends what they have to offer. It is fair to say that they thoroughly loved the evening, as did I.
The Raj in Camps Bay is located along the bustling Promenade Road, which is opposite the popular Camps Bay Beach. The area is the playground for the rich and famous, it is not easy for businesses to be successful here. However, the Raj has managed to keep its loyal following over the years, despite the evident drop in tourist numbers in the city.
Due to its exclusive location, patrons would expect that little bit more from a dining experience, and this is what the Raj offers.
During my visit, my friends and I were greeted at the door by the friendly staff. We were shown to our seat. It was pleasant to see that many of the staff recognised me from my last review, this left a lasting impression. Read more about my previous review here…
Although the evening was a cold one, we were kept warm inside and the cheerful staff made the evening a memorable one.
What’s on the menu at the Raj
When one visits the Raj, you can expect a quality Indian experience. Their menu comprises of Northern Indian cuisine. The flavours and aroma are something that you simply have to enjoy for yourself.
I had the same waiter as I did before, who not only remembered me, but also remembered my name. It is evident that the level of service at the Raj is of an impeccable standard.
We were served poppadoms with sauces as we arrived, to wet our appetites. We ordered a bottle of Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon for the table.
Our waiter, Tippu, brought us our starters, which were two platters for us to share. I could not believe how tender the chicken was, whilst the samosa pastry was soft and delicate. My friends began to understand why I regard the Raj so highly, they too were impressed.
The waiters would often check up on us and engage in light conversation. They were attentive, whilst allowing us to also sit back and enjoy our evening. The slow jazz that was being played created a real sense of comfort.
Our main meals were brought to us and we could smell the aroma, our taste buds tantalising. We were served a prawn and chicken curry, a vegetable curry, chicken masala, a bowl of rice, naan bread as various other dipping breads. We were wise in our decision to opt for the mild option, as it allowed for the taste to come through whilst not being overpowered by the heat.
The flavoursome food was something we will all remember, each dish serving up new and unique combinations. It comes as no surprise that the Raj Indian Restaurant is a five star rated establishment.
Just when we thought we had tasted it all, our waiter brought us desert. We were served saffron ice cream as well as Indian dumplings. Their flavours were certainly unique. Again it was the aroma as well as the taste that were appealing. This shows the true Indian heritage of the Raj.
My friends and I left this fine dining establishment well fed and completely in awe of what we experienced. An evening at the Raj is something worth remembering.
More information about the Raj Indian Restaurant
The Raj has a total of 14 branches throughout the Cape and Gauteng. They have 8 restaurants as well as 6 express stores. The Raj has flagship stores in Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, on the Camps Bay Promenade and in Sun City. Diners can also find their stores around Gauteng in Pretoria, Bryanston, Midrand and the south of Johannesburg.
The Raj also offers curry packs for purchase, thus allowing for individuals to create their own authentic curry’s from home. The meals take around 25 minutes to prepare. Read more here…
The Raj offers catering at their branches and can accommodate up to 120 people. All the menus for catering and functions can be customised to suit their client’s requirements.
Reviews from previous patrons at the Raj Indian Restaurant in Camps Bay
“My partner and I celebrated our 7th year anniversary at The Raj. What a beautiful evening I will treasure. The atmosphere was amazing, the food was out of this world and the service was exceptional. Tippu was our waiter. We felt like a king and queen for the night during our dinner. Complete care and service. The best ever starters and mains I have eaten. Well done Raj. We will be back,” Curiosity47442760404 on their TripAdvisor page.
Jo Davies added; “As authentic as a South African Indian restaurant can be. Always a pleasure. Go at sunset and experience the sun setting over the ocean. The chicken tandoori is exceptional.”
The Raj in Camps Bay is located in Shop 4, The Promenade, Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 21 438 4555; visit them online at www.therajindianfood.co.za/ today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.