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224 High Street,
London E17 7JH map
Tel: 020 8520 2927
moved to Walthamstow last summer, we are still enjoying getting to know
the local restaurants. Tonight it was Raja tandoori. It's incredibly
well placed being opposite the new cinema development and near the
station, so I was a little surprised that only two tables had been taken
on a Friday night. First impressions by the decor were positive and
although the staff were staggeringly slow to take an order, we were
happy waiting knowing that we were likely to have a good meal (based on
reviews). I always believe you can tell a lot about a good Indian
restaurant by the chutneys they serve with the poppadoms, and this where
I started to think we might get an average curry at best. When it
arrived we were disappointed. The lamb rogan, chicken tikka korai and
Bombay potatoes were swimming in tasteless oil. All curries in fact had
very little taste at all. The nan was also more like one warmed up from
Tesco - very doughy without any crispness to the outside. In all one of
the most disappointing curries ever had. Interestingly the waiter noted
that we had not eaten the sauce and asked 'too much oil?' to which I
replied 'absolutely, is this normal?'. He highlighted he had never seen
it like that and took the plates away to later provide the bill at full
cost with no apology.
We have now visited the Raja Tandoori a few times and it
seems to get better and better. The food is really, really good and they
are such lovely people. There are four of us and we went again on Friday
night, Khan, one of the waiters actually remembered our names.
to Raja Tandoori last Friday with two friends. We have lived in
Walthamstow for over 12 years & have never tried it before the
refurb. Somebody told us it was good, so we thought we would give it a
Raja Tandoori has recently been refurbished along with a new
shop front and is looking fantastic. I had been there in the past and
always enjoyed my experience, the food was superb and the staff always
very friendly and welcoming, and prices were good value too. Now the
restaurant has a much classier feel to it, it is much brighter, there
are candles on the tables, nice leather seats, wooden floors, and is
generally looking top notch, but sadly the fish tank is gone which I
always enjoyed watching!
In reading reviews for restaurants in E17 I was appauled to
see that a restaurant, my personal favourite was not listed among them.
The Raja (224 High Street, Walthamstow, London E17 7JH) in my opinion is
the best Indian restaurant in E17. I love my Indian cuisine and have
eaten it in many places including Brick Lane but I have developed a
certain loyalty to the Raja. It is so reasonably priced with special
'gourmet nights' on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where you can get; a
starter, Main dish, side dish, Rice and naan of your choice for only £8.95!
The staff there are extremely friendly as it is a famliy run restaurant!
I went there with friends for my birthday and they gave us a
complementary bottle of wine and beer! The menu is very diverse but my
personal favourite is to order a chicken korma and peshwari naan! I have
tried it in other Indian restaurants but it is never as good as the
Raja! I think it is wrong that it has not as yet been acknowledged!
It has now - thanks.
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