We went to Raja's because I was too sick to cook that day. For 9$ a plate, we got one meat (two types chicken available), one starch (two rices avail) and two veg (spinach, lentils, potato, cabbage). The food was not seasoned at all in the way I would expect Indian to taste, which is often the case in US Indian restaurants that need to cater to American delicate tongues, but even the rice wasnt salted. This I can handle, but the chicken was cut entirely wrong, and anyone knows that if you dont cut a chicken properly at the joints that the bones will be sharp and jagged. This made the chicken very difficult to eat as it had been cut up in small pieces and I had to throw most of it away. I noticed that the lady in the kitchen was not Indian. This is a very bad sign for an Indian restaurant.
I think the owner knew that we were Indian and didnt even bother to ask if we had enjoyed the meal. She knew the answer. This is a bad sign for any restaurant, as it would seem to indicate that the owner has lost pride and passion for his place.
The other review of this place says the place lacks atmosphere but has great food. I have a feeling that once upon a time, Raja's was serving up great home style Indian to the masses of young cruise ship workers who came downtown for shopping. There is a plaque on the wall showing a glowing article by the Miami Herald proving this. But I am sad to say that its not the case now. When a restaurant is in a tiny space with no concern for aesthetics and ambience (or AC or ventilation) they are placing all bets on the good quality of the food to keep the customers coming in, and $9 per styrofoam plate just wont work if this is what is on it.
Come on Raja, its not too late! Return your eatery into what it once was, hire a real Hindustani to make the food, and give downtown an authentic flavor of mera desh!
Because right now the only authentically Indian thing about this place is the lack of AC.
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