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All reviews chicken tikka bread onion sauce indian spices an enjoyable evening byob with no corkage fee cubes dips steaming kadai dishes crispy flavor cream
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Reviewed June 30, 2022

We had a reservation for dinner last night. I had asked for the 4-top, round table near the front door in the dining room. Upon arriving, we were surprised that they had rearranged all the tables. We decided on a regular 4-top on the side...wall. Isma, our server, was very nice and helpful. She explained that she was new and that the restaurant was under new management. What is so sad here is that we were the only ones in the restaurant. This is truly a hidden gem! If you like Indian food and live in north Baltimore County, this is the place to come and have a quiet, peaceful dining experience. They start you off with 3 different kinds of dips and interesting crispy bread. What is really nice is that Isma asked each of us how spicy we would like our dish to be. Our dishes were served with basmati rice. Our entrees were beautifully prepared and presented and super scrumptious. We enjoyed two Lamb Korma, a Lamb Jalfrezi and a Lamb Kadai. We ordered Naan bread to accompany our dinners. We really appreciate the BYOB with no corkage fee. I am sorry we forgot to take pictures of our entrees as we just dove right in. Thank you for an enjoyable evening!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2021

We wanted a delicious dinner in a quiet setting with excellent service and we found it all at the Royal Kitchen. We decides to be adventuresome and try all new dishes to us. We started with the Tandoori Assorted appetizer which came with a combination...of Chicken Tikka, Malai Kabab, Seekh Kabab and Tandoori Shrimp. It came out steaming. It was enough for the three of us to get a taste. Consensus was it was just okay – nothing special. What was special was the 4 Veggie Spring Rolls – they were hot, crisp and loaded with flavor. My husband ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala (boneless cubes of grilled chicken in Tandoor and cooked in a rich creamy tomato and onion sauce). Our friend ordered the Lamb Saag (lamb cooked in a spinach sauce with fresh Indian spices). I had the Dal Makhani (traditional black lentils tempered with delicate spices and garnished with cream). Each dish was accompanied with basmati rice. They were all really good and more than enough for another meal. We really liked that you can BYOB with no corkage fee.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed January 12, 2020

The food is fresh and tasty, but if you come here you better plan ahead. It took us ONE HOUR to get our food! Yes, the food is cooked to order, but this was entirely too long! Also, I had to ask our waitress three...times for our coke and ice tea before FINALLY getting it halfway through the meal! HORRIBLE service! The portions are smaller than other Indian restaurants in the area. The food is tasty and fresh. We ordered garlic naan (which was better than others), chicken tikka marsala (not as spicy as others and smaller portion), chicken tikka kabobs (mostly onions, not much meat, smaller portion than others). So, given the lackluster service and smaller portions, I don't understand such high ratings. I would give them one more try, but given it was a Friday night with only THREE tables, the service was below what diners should expect.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

We had an absolutely lovely evening this evening. We were warmly greeted by Mukan and seated at the table we requested. The menu is quite extensive. The staff is always ready to answer any and all of your question on the food. You can have...your food prepared with the exact amount of spice that you like. Our kids wanted to start with the Vegetable Samosa which are deep fried turnover stuffed with potatoes and green peas. The restaurant always starts you off with 3 different dipping sauces and a light interesting crispy wafer. We ordered one order of Naan (soft flour bread baked in a clay tandoor) which was enough for the 4 of us. My husband started with a garden salad with Italian dressing. His main course was lamb chops – there were 4 of them. He really liked the flavor and they were cooked perfectly. What he did not realize is that they came on a bed of onions and green peppers – two things he does not eat. Our daughter ate the onions and green pepper. My son-in law ordered the Lamb Kadai (boneless lamb cooked with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, ginger, garlic and cilantro). Our daughter had the Chicken Jalfrezi (boneless chicken cooked with garden vegetables and spices). I had the Lamb Seekh Kabob (ground lamb mixed with fresh Indian spices and skewered and then grilled in a clay oven.) It was quite impressive as it came out steaming on the platter. Each of our dishes was accompanied with basmati rice. We were all so pleased with our dinners. We especially like the BYOB with no corkage fee.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed June 22, 2019

What a delightful evening we had at the Royal Kitchen! It was fun for us to introduce our friends to this restaurant. We really wanted to go somewhere that was not noisy, and that is why we came here. The restaurant has a quiet and...serene ambience. We were warmly greeted by Anuma, who was also our server. She had a pleasing demeanor and was very attentive to our needs. We love the BYOB with no corkage fee policy. They start you off with 3 different kinds of dips and interesting crispy bread. For our appetizers, we enjoyed an order of Vegetable Samosa (2 deep fried turnovers stuffed with potatoes and green peas), Onion Bhajia (little spiced onion balls bound together in flagrant chickpea flour batter), and Fish Pakora (fish spiced and dipped in chickpea batter). We had some Naan bread to go with our dinners. For entrees, the guys enjoyed the Lamb Curry (boneless lamb cooked with onions, tomatoes and Nepal spices). I also savored the Lamb Korma (tender cubes of lamb cooked in cream sauce and nuts). Each of our dishes came in a traditional Indian copper food warmer called Angeethi. A sizzling plate of Lamb Seekh Kabob arrived at the table for our friend. It was so impressive. The dish is ground lamb mixed with fresh Indian spices and skewered to grill in a clay oven). We felt that all of our dishes were thoughtfully prepared, nicely presented, and loaded with flavor. Kamal, the owner, came over several times, which shows how much they care about their customers. Thank YouMore

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed February 3, 2019 via mobile

Royal Kitchen is the best Indian Food I’ve had in the area, maybe even the region. Recommended by an couple we know from India and a work colleague, this hidden gem impressed us with quality and outstanding service. Tucked away in a stripe mall on...busy York Rd., the restaurant wasn’t much to see from the outside. But inside we had an unforgettable meal of Tikki Marsala Chicken and Lentil Soup. If you are in the mood for Indian Food this is definitely the best place in the area to go.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

A great Indian restaurant. I have been there many times and the food and service are always great. My favorites are the vegetable somosa's, chat papari, chicken kadai and kashmari naan.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

We’ve been to Royal Kitchen three times and have had food delivered once. The food was good on these visits. Unfortunately, on our last visit the food dropped from 4/5 to 3/4. Service was barely a 2, which is unfortunate because this place has great...potential. Inconsistency in service will hold this restaurant back until the owner address it (but I fear that the waitress who has been providing the poor service is related to the owner) Some examples. We enter the restaurant. There are two people (one table having lunch. Yet, it takes 6 minutes for the waitress to greet and seat us. After seating us, she asks if we are having the buffet. We say no. She walks away. Wipes down another table and then returns with menus. The place is empty. Why not bring us our menu’s first….and then wipe down the table. 5-6 minutes pass…she returns to take our order. We eventually get our beverages. Forgets our order and asks us to repeat it. Three words: write it down. Trying to memorize orders is great, if you can remember them. If not, WRITE IT DOWN. Appetizer comes. No plates. No silverware. No napkins. No chutneys. Waitress disappears and eventually brings 2 of the 4 items. Samosas getting cold. Disappears and comes back with chutneys…and then our napkins. Samosas were very good. Entrees and naan arrive. Waitress proceeds to lights candle based food warmers and places our entrees on top of the warmers. She places the naan basket in between. Isn’t paying attention and it begins to light the paper lining of the basket on fire. Unreal. What was she thinking. Might be better to skip the candles (or at least put the bread basket to the side). Naan was extremely dry and lacked flavor. Rice was good. Curries were good but not as good as last two times. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Truly disappointed. We had high hopes for Royal Kitchen... but looks like Café Spice is going to be our go to place for Indian (last two meals at Café Spice were spot on). Probably won't dine at Royal Kitchen again back unless we hear they have hired experienced wait staff (but will probably still order their food using Door Dash or Grub Hub delivery service because the food is usually decent)More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Excellent. Loved that it was served in copper pans with lids and candles underneath to keep our dinners warm. Very good dehl tadkha and the best onion kulcha bread I've ever had! Crispy !

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

A few of us from the office stopped in for lunch on a Friday and enjoyed the ambience and food. I thought the selection of food was limited, not as many selections as other nearby Indian restaurants (ie. Café Spice). The food was good and...if you like goat, they serve it here. The lunch buffet cost $11.99, good value. I didn't taste anything exceptional, hence the 3 stars. The service is friendly and free parking out front of the small office/strip complex off York Road.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

It was Saturday and i had nothing to do so thought why not eat Indian. I came here again after a long while and i must admit the new cook is amazing. I tried their buffet and it has perhaps the largest buffet menu around....It included staples like chicken tangri (which i have never found tasting good in the USA), bhatura, dal tadka, chicken tikka masala, kadhi, chicken dum biryani, palak mushroom, chicken chili, chicken noodles, onion and spinach pakoras, fish pakora, steamed veggies, fried beans, bamboot shoot curry (i don't remember what they call it in Nepali), naan, etc. I didn't taste all the items because i just couldn't but whatever i had, it was cooked to perfection. Good amount of spices and salt. I will visit again sometime for their dinner menu. Best Wishes.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

I have been here a couple of times - once in late 2016 or early 2017 i don't exactly remember and we had a lunch buffet which we didn't like so we promised never to visit again. It's an Indian Nepali restaurant owned by a...Nepali person and serving both Nepali and Indian cuisine - primarily Indian. The service was nice and the people attending us were very courteous. The next time i visited was on 31st March for tea and snacks with wife and some friends. We had papads, pakoras, samosas and tea. The pakora was overcooked and the samosa almost burnt. The tea was bland. I yet again promised never to visit again. I hear the head chef has recently changed - he is from Mumbai, and i got to sample some of his preparations and i must say it tasted good. I am not sure if i will visit again but if they continue with this chef i just might. Nepalis are really nice people. I hope they improve on their food quality because the decor and hospitality is awesome anyways. I wish them luck.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018

We were looking for Indian food in the Hunt Valley area. However, we were tired of being underwhelmed and wanted something better than the usual places in the area. Our search led us to Royal Kitchen in Cockeysville. Daughter ordered CTM (Chicken Tikka Masala). She...said the chicken was tasty and the gravy was perfectly spiced. I had the Chicken Kadai. Chicken was tasty. Nice, flavorful tomato-based gravy. Quite nice. The rice was perfectly cooked. Naan was just o.k. but not on the same level of the rest of the food. They even through in a small desert for free. Prices are very reasonable Solid 4 out of 5 with potential to hit 5 all the way around. Better than every Indian place we’ve tried in the Hunt Valley area. We will order from the again (possibly this weekend) 😊More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018

Good food and great service. We've been here twice on a weeknight and we always get seated right away. If you're new to Indian and Nepalese dishes, feel free to ask because the servers are always happy to help you with any question with your...order. Great experience for my family.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

Well, the Royal Kitchen did it again. We were so impressed with everything, the quiet ambience, the presentation of the food, the scrumptious food, and the attentive service. We were treating our niece to a night out. We love the fact that you can BYOB...with no corkage fee. They start you off with 3 different kinds of dips and interesting crispy bread. We enjoyed an order of Naan bread. What was really impressive was the way the food was served. Each of our dishes came in a traditional Indian Copper Food Warmer called Angeethi. My husband ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala (boneless cubes of chicken grilled in tandoor and cooked in a rich creamy tomato and onion sauce). I had the Shrimp Korma (large shrimp cooked in a cream sauce and nuts.) My niece went vegetarian with Palak Paneer (spinach cooked in homemade cottage cheese cubes with diced potatoes or chickpeas.) Each dish was packed with flavor. They placed on the table a bowl of basmati rice to accompany our entrees and told us all we had to do was ask for more rice if we wanted it. Kamal, the owner, stopped by the table to greet us – a very personal touch. Thank you, Kamal and your entire staff, for creating such a delightful dining experience!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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