Arriving in Bakewell on a Friday evening after a long drive, we wanted something quick and simple to eat and of course curry usually fits that bill. Raja's however is much more that just a curry house. The ambience is superb. A large airy dining room (one of my pet hates in restaurants is rubbing shoulders with my fellow diners) instantly afforded us a sense of welcome and relaxation. Drinks were ordered and arrived quickly without fuss and the waiting staff were extremely attentive without being obtrusive as we perused the menu. All the standard dishes were there, but there was a varied and interesting specials board with a bit more of a southern indian influence than is usual in most british curry houses. The food was superb. Everything gave the impression of a chef who enjoyed what he was doing as it tasted fresh and lght with the sauces and seasoning subtle rather than overpowering. I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area.
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