We were due to go for a meal next to at the Almanack but decided against this after walking past and looking in to see what looked like a mother/child convention going on inside. Walking back towards our car, we saw Le Raj spice and had a nosey through the window. We decided to give it a go and walked in.
Straight away, you notice that the restaurant is completely open plan with a modern warm look to it. The tables are laid out in a way that it doesn't affect anybodies privacy and you are still absolutely fine to go here for a romantic meal for 2 or equally for a birthday celebration.
As we walked towards our table, I noticed how spongy the carpet was and asked the waiter how long the restaurant had been open for. He said 2 months which meant things were either going to be really good... or really bad.
Quite randomly, it was something that my other half said and rang true with me. Instead of being filled with male waiters, there was a lady who was serving drinks at this restaurant. This made a lovely change and she was very charming.
After taking in the initial feel of the place which in the whole was contemporary but with traditional asian music playing in the background, we decided we were probably going to love the place. We weren't disappointed.
We ate our poppadoms (lovely with dips!) and for our starter we ordered a platter of Meat samosas/Fish Tikka/Chicken Tikka/Onion bhajis and Tandoori Lamb chops. This meant we could have a little taste of everything. They came on a sizzling plate planted among fried onions and we were not disappointed! Whilst the portions of each were small, they were really tasty.
For our main, I ordered a chicken passanda and "the wife" ordered a duck Jalfrezi. (Came with a pilau rice) We accompanied these with a keema naan and veggie rice. The portions of rice are smaller than anywhere else I have been to. In honesty, I felt a little disappointed when I saw it. However, there really was no need to be. As per usual, I was being a greedy fat monster and by the end of the meal I was absolutely stuffed. That said, I wouldn't recommend sharing a rice and we did have the bread to accompany it.
Overall, the price was lower than other restaurants that I have been to, the quality was much higher, and the restaurant is beautiful. This should certainly be making its way to the top of the tripadvisor rankings for Kenilworth! We went at 6.30pm and by 7pm it was getting very busy so you may be safer booking in advance!
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