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“Number 1??”
Review of Raj Shahi

Raj Shahi
Ranked #233 of 527 Restaurants in Bolton
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Manchester UK
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Number 1??”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

We saw the "good reviews" for the Raj Shahi and decided to try this out and compare....we expected an average interior and a poor external appearance from previous reviews....but we expected great food.....unfortunately not to be.

We arrived on a Friday night 18:30 pre-booked and parked up no problems and entered the Raj Shahi...maybe a lot hinges on what you want... but we entered a very dilapidated interior, to be shown to our seats......note bright lights.....terrible decor, zero atmosphere, think student cafe circa 1979...different cruet sets on each table........place is very poor from a decor point of view....full light , water stains on the false ceiling.....poor sort of B & B experience from the 70's

we were offered drinks, we opted for just two white wine and sodas...or spritzers.....we got these and they appeared on bill for £9....so do please avoid...check wine list before blindly ordering as we did..... drinks prices on the list seemed reasonable if you checked the list before trustingly ordering....low cost house wines available too...seems when we asked for white wine and soda they chose the "very best" for us?

We omitted the pappadoms and chutneys as we we prepared for the culinary delights promised to come.

I opted for Lamb Chops as a starter and Ann went for the mixed starter.....after deciding on this I was told that the Lamb would take 1/2 hour to prepare as it was hard? not sure what this meant but obviously steered away I went for the Garlic Prawns.....still expecting to be delighted

Starters arrived...Ann loved hers and I tried it too, good mixed Chicken Tikka/Onion Bhaji/Kebab.....very good start....my garlic prawns....simply just don't choose these...very greasy, zero flavour....maybe I just chose wrong, always the main course next though.....

I went for a "House Speciality" as from my previous postings....anyone stating "chef or house speciallity" must have a talent

Ann chose Chicken Tikka Massala and I chose King Prawn Tikka Massala......both absolutely the same as you would expect...prawns circa £10.25 Chicken at £8.25....quality...terrible...literally a food colouring fest,.....very bright red at the expense of everything...no special tastes of special spices, no unique "signature" use of blends e.t.c...just pre-stored massala sauce poured over whatever you would choose. We then wondered if that would be the same for all the "standard curries" offered....Balti/Vindaloo/Rogan Josh etc etc

Net result £41 for both of us for sure this was low cost.....2 starters/Naan bread for one shared!/2 white wine and sodas (£9.00) starters were Garlic Prawns and mixed starter....2 mains... Ann's was Chicken Tikka Massala and mine King Prawn Tikka Massala with a shared Pilau.

Summary....cannot understand the position that Raj Shahi occupies,Number 1 in Bolton... or did we have a poor night?I don't think so but can only comment on what we experienced not what might have been.

  • Visited April 2012
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English first
bolton
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135 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

We have been here many times since my last review over 9 months ago, this place actually becomes slightly addictive, and feel you have been cheated id you dont go on a regular basis.

In the meantime we have still visited other curry house in and around the area and on the curry mile in Manchester, but still keep being drawn back to the excellent food served here.

As said on previous occasions, fine dinning this is not, and not the best looking place in the world but if you want good, tasty, excellent well cooked foods this is the place. Dishes that are cooked by a chef that knows his stuff. The menu is extensive and if you cant find something you like on there just ask, the staff are just happy to please.

I note from a previous review that this place was given 2 starts as the wine list was not up too scratch, and they had run out of lamb chops - personally i dont think this is fair - a place should be rated on its food, and in this place its at the top of the tree

On the service side, i cant fault the staff, when there last night someone asked for bottled water - not something they carry, but the staff said no problem, and a man was quickly dispatched to the shop 100yds down the street to get some!! you cant say fairer than that

still a big hit and thumbs up from me!!

  • Visited April 2012
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England
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119 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“God food in an unassuming looking restaurant”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Had we not read the reviews on TA we would not have visited Raj Shahi as it looks rather unappealling from outside and is also a little shabby inside.
Service was friendly and welcoming though from the moment you entered. Many of the people eating or collecting takeaways seem to be regulars who knew the staff well.
Food was great. We were in a rush as we were on our way to the theatre so we didn't try as many dishes as we would with more time. Light, non greasy poppadoms. Great crispy onion bajis. My vegetable birriani was very tasty (although a little more vegetable curry sauce would have been good) and my husband said his organ josh was excellent. Best paratha we have had in a long time.
This place reminded me of the restaurants we used to go to in Bradford although this is licenced and there is cutlery etc.
Would definitely recommend and we will certainly return when we are next in the area.

  • Visited April 2012
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Unassumingly tasty”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

Had been to this place after reading TA reviews. Not disappointed.
Do not let the front dissuade you from trying the food.
Nan bread is very soft and fluffy. Just as you would expect of a good fresh bread.
Balti chicken was tasty and the portion size was good.
Good food at great value!!

  • Visited April 2012
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Legendary Food”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

Just great. looks a dump from the outside, like heaven once you get your food.

Visited July 2011
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Thank richarddlewis
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