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“A genuinely different experience. Lovely food and great service.”

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The Rajah Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A genuinely different experience. Lovely food and great service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

As restaurateurs it's always nice to have some time on the other side of the table. Unfortunately it can make you a little fussy where to decide to spend your money as you can normally weigh up a place as soon as you walk in. We came across the Rajah on a quiet, bleak night in August and were tired and hungry. Immediately, upon entering, it was apparent this wasn't the usual Bangladeshi or Bengali owned operation aimed at satisfying the British palate. There were also some serious East African and SE asian influences on show which obviously resulted from both experience and passion. So for those Balti and Tandoori lovers, perhaps the Ilfracombe Tandoori is a better bet, but we can get that type of Pataks based food on any High Street in Britain - more often than not from giant sized catering jars of Pataks and Sharwoods that many of the reviewers below are so quick to identify and criticise! We were well looked after and the food wasn't rushed. We moved away from the bog standard Curry house dishes and went for some of the house specials and enjoyed a meal with a real difference. The service was great and the proprietor came to have a chat as we were leaving. This trip advisor lark is a good laugh for all those self-professed experts and critics out there but you don't realise, or care, that you're playing with people's livelihoods and hard earned reputations. Most people start in the restaurant business because they have a love and passion for what they do. The Rajah clearly seems to us to be one of those establishments and if they have been there for 27 years then they can't be as bad as some of these previous reviews (including the 10 year old!) make out. We say give them a try with an open mind. We did and we will be back again on our next holiday to N Devon.

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4 Thank clivusndiggs
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice service, awful food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

Went here as a party of 4. When we asked the waitress what she would recommend from the menu, her response 'All of it', when asked what was the chef's speciality, her response 'All of it' - which is basically another way of saying 'None of it'.
The popadoms were the supermarket type you can buy to grill at home and were not nice at all, this should have been our first warning!
All of the mains were clearly pre bought sauces that did not taste like the dishes they claimed to be. The Madras wasn't at all spicy and tasted nothing like any Madras I've had before (in a bad way). The vindaloo was clearly some random curry sauce with stupid amounts of curry powder added, and tasted of nothing but curry powder. The Tikka was curdled. The only decent dish was the Satay dish, but still seemed store bought rather than freshly prepared.
Had it not been fairly late in the evening, we'd have paid for our beers (The only authentic Indian part of our meal) and gone elsewhere. How ironic that when deciding on what to do for food, one of our party commented 'You can't go wrong with a curry' - Well, yes you can!
The waitress was friendly enough, but was actually quite bitter at the negative reviews her restaurant had on Trip Advisor! I'm afraid you got another one!

Avoid this place at all costs.

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1 Thank Projectgaz
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Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nothing has changed since the last review in 2009”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

After such a rude welcome from the Ilfracombe Tandori (leaving before even eating) we walked up to The Raj and I can confirm nothing has changed since Baliigardener review on 1st November 2009. They still serving Sharwoods pre-pack poppadoms and cook in source curries .
At least it was served nice and hot and the waitress was really friendly.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank John G
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not your typical indian restaurant! Definetly recommend”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us while on a short weekend break in Devon, we heard mixed reviews of the restaurant, we were an asian couple visiting this restaurant so I guess we were slightly curious as this restaurant was owned by none asians.
The restaurant is varely small but had a warm atmosphere inside. The service was very good, and the food was amazing. We had a chicken dish which was cooked on the bone and a lamb curry both dishes cooked to a very high standard, with a lot of flavour. i would definelty recommend you go and have a meal here, please do not lisen to the negative reviews.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Preeti L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“OK, but not a top Indian restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

This restaurant promotes various curry club "top 100" awards from some years back, but it's nowhere near the top today - most of our local Indian restaurants are much better. The dishes were OK, but nothing more.

Visited June 2012
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1 Thank MKMs
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