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“a great let-down, wouldn't return”
Review of The Raj

The Raj
Ranked #35 of 94 Restaurants in Faversham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Birchington, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“a great let-down, wouldn't return”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We moved from Yorkshire a couple of months ago and are trying to find a decent curry in Kent! We are vegetarians, and have been quite spoilt by the quality of curries in the north. Between us we have about 40 years experience of eating curries, in a very wide variety of places and restaurants.
The Raj is the 3rd place we have tried in Kent since moving down here, and we tried it on the basis of the reviews on this site. Unfortunately our experience did not tally with the reviews, which we were disappointed about, not least because this was a birthday meal as well as part our quest for a good curry!

The restaurant itself is clean, and looks freshly decorated. It wasn't busy but filled up a little while we were there. We were served quickly. The beer, whilst expensive, was cold.

Our starters (the only 2 veggie starters on the menu) were very good, and we thought it bode well for the meal itself. It did not.

We chose 3 veggie side dishes, as there was a paucity of veggie mains on the menu: cauliflower bahjee, chickpea masala, and saag paneer. The cauliflower was just that, boiled salty cauliflower. The chickpeas was just that, a bowl of boiled chickpeas, although slightly tasty. The saag paneer was like nothing we have ever seen before under that name: it was a bowl of melted cheese (so not paneer as paneer does not melt to liquid) with bit of spinach stirred in, and a LOT of coconut, so it was very very sweet. I have never seen anything like it described as saag paneer. We ate the chickpeas but left everything else. I did tell the waiter but he didn't actually do or say anything so short of standing up and demanding to see the manager my options to complain were effectively stopped there. I didn't want the confrontation, I just wanted to leave.

So we paid up (£30 for a meal that was two thirds inedible) and left. Never again.

This may be that they are not veggie-friendly, or we caught them on a bad night, or that southern curries are not as good as northern ones, or a mixture of the above. As it is, I am writing this review to temper the positive ones, as we did not have even vaguely the same positive experience, and were very disappointed and nauseated by what we were given.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
Ashford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A lovely restaurant with very tasty food”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

The restaurant is inviting as it has a clean, modern and classy decor and very well presented tables - each of which had fresh flowers. The staff were welcoming and the service efficient. The food was very tasty - good sized portions and the nans were freshly baked. This is the first time we have been to this restaurant and we will be returning.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank funkeym0nkey
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great service, friendly welcoming staff”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

A very nice restaurant with very welcoming staff. Service is fast and the food tastes delicious. If you fancy a quiet restaurant, this is the place to go.

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Thank Daffyd85
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Faversham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great Indian Restaurant, friendly staff, and good service..”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

There a numerous Indian restaurants to chose from in Faversham, but for us , the best and the only one for us is 'The Raj', in West street. The staff are happy and friendly, the food is always well presented and very tasty, and the prices very good.
Whether it be take-aways collected by us, take-aways delivered to our door, or us actually visiting the restaurant, we have never been disappointed.
Give it a try, you will not be dissappointed.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Jenfav
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“excellent take away”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Had an excellent take away from the Raj would highly recommend. Arrived v punctually and was v good quality.

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Thank TheresaB788
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