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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