Long Overdue (review and visit)


I’m not entirely sure what happened to the idea of this blog being a regular thing but here I am posting again. Better late than never!

Back in January, Lauren and I returned to Raj Pavillions, somewhere we’d visited both together and apart several times over the past few years. It had actually been a while since our last visit (much like this blog) and our first with the intention of reviewing our meal (having said that, I did write a TripAdvisor review after our very first visit at the suggestion of our waiter – said good reviews help boost morale).

As always, a warm welcome awaited us (not for the TripAdvisor review, just because the staff are friendly). Alarm bells did ring, albeit quietly, when our starters arrived – my Meat Samosas were stacked with a wooden skewer through the middle and I’m always cautious of curry houses that opt for stylish presentation. Thankfully, I was wrong to worry, the flavour had not been sacrificed in the name of style. Lauren opted for Chilli Paneer which she did find to be a little on the hot side.

For my main course I chose Chicken Shorba whilst Lauren ventured into hotter territory with Fish Jalfrezi. The Shorba had a great depth of flavour and the thickness of the sauce complimented the well cooked Chicken that we expect with the Tikka style of cooking. If I had to describe it in a word, it would be hearty. It gave the same sort of warm comfort one gets from a home cooked stew; the perfect choice for a cold winter’s evening.

The danger with seeking comfort in the cold is going too hot and Lauren certainly found this to be the case with the Jalfrezi. Whilst it may not have been to her liking, if you’re the sort of diner who enjoys a face melting curry then look no further!

With the bill came the usual after dinner mints, but these were covered in white chocolate. I didn’t even know they existed.

So, we have a split verdict I suppose – I left with a mouth full of flavour whilst my companion left in a sweat. Lesson learnt – when they say a dish is hot, they mean hot! And that’s not necessarily a reflection on the restaurant, more on the choice of the diner.


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