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“Best Indian Food Anywhere!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Taj

Royal Taj
Ranked #1 of 251 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Newport News, Virginia
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Best Indian Food Anywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

It's rare that you see a line out the door at an Indian restaurant. But this one deserves it, especially for the lunch buffet (around $13.00+). I spent several months in India, so I know good, authentic Indian food when I see it. And this is it. You can't get any better. The variety is always excellent and the food freshly made and replenished frequently. In addition to a selection of condiments such as chutneys, pickles, fresh hot chilis, etc., there are new dishes each time you go. At the buffet there is a dosa station where a chef makes fresh dosas (potato filled crepes) on the spot. These are delicious with the green coconut chutney. There are plenty of options for vegetarians, such as dal (lentils) and other dishes. Standards include chicken tikka masala, basmati rice, tandoori chicken, and freshly made naan. On a recent visit they also had a fish curry that was spicy and delicious, and a spicy chicken, peppers and onion dish. Not all of the food is spicy hot, though. And if you want it spicier, you can always add the hot condiments they provide. My favorite accompaniment is the mint chutney (pudina chatni) which is delicious. If you think you don't like Indian food, try this restaurant. You'll change your mind. Everything is very tasty and well prepared. The restaurant itself is bright, spacious and well decorated. As an added bonus, the staff is very friendly and you will be warmly greeted when you arrive. I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fine Dinning!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This place really lives up to its reputation. My only complaint is that it took them a while to bring me the menu. It should have been brought over right away. Also, they only have pepsi products. ugh... Well, the salad was okay "fresh" more or less. The main meal though was exquisite. I ordered the Lentil dish and Naan bread with raisins and almonds. What a combination. The bread was topped with a raspberry topping. Very sweet. The waiter was pleasant and helpful. I would very much like to go back to this place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
“Awesome Indian Food-Comfortable Atmosphere-Friendly Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I'm writing this just after finishing the last delicious bit of leftovers (way too good to not take with us) from a wonderful meal at Royal Taj. Friendly, comfortable vibe from the staff-always there to refill your water yet not overbearing. The main courses are placed in a flame heated metal bowl so the food stays hot-awesome! I went vegetarian and had the Alu Methi-just excellent. Our party of four were all knocked out by the place. Will definitely be back to Royal Taj!

Visited September 2013
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Thank MisterBob-os
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“Horrible guest service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The guy who takes cre of the guest service desk was outright rude and obnoxious. They charged me a full value for my 2 year old saying he ' occupied' one seat on a busy day
Would never ever go back

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Columbia, Maryland
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1 review
“Exceeded expectations :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

My father in law recommended us trying the Rum Punch. *thumbs up*
Über tasty~ Staff was incredibly diligent, attentive, and friendly. Impeccable service and the freshness of the herbs and spices was perfect~! They even gave us desserts on the house~


<3 you guys over there~~~ Namaste☼

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Puccawuv
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