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Enjoying lunch at The Raj in Camps Bay does not qualify as a meal – it's definitely an occasion. Situated on the Promenade the restaurant spills out onto the pavement allowing the diner a festive experience.There are plenty of interesting local and foreign people passing by and others doing various entertainment acts on the beach side of the road directly opposite.

The restaurant doors slide away and the view of the beach, vibrant and alive with loads of sunbathers and colourful umbrellas is absolutely breath-taking. It is an Al Fresco dining experience and diners feel that they are enjoying a fabulous meal while being very much a part of the Camps Bay vibe.

The decor has a charming, elegant, royal feel and boasts sparkling chandeliers, opulent wallpaper, beautiful golden ornaments of Indian origin, thick curtains and very comfortable seating. The yellow tablecloths and starched napkins provide an air of sophistication as do the special little stands with candles that keep the dishes warm.

Pradeep our charming Indian waitron served us a mixed starter platter which really got our taste buds tickled. We enjoyed Lamb Sheekh Kebab, a spicy red sausage cooked in the Tandoor oven boasting flavours of cloves and cardamom. Murgh Malai Chicken Tikka breasts, also prepared in the Tandoor were delicately flavoured with yoghurt, cream and cashew nuts. The delicious Kingklip Tandoori Macchli pieces were bursting with flavour after having been marinated in mustard seeds, chilli, garlic and vinegar.

The Lamb Samosas were laced with roasted cumin and fresh coriander flavours. We also enjoyed Panneer Tikka, a homemade Indian cheese, marinated and grilled with spicy cubes of onion, tomato and green pepper. It had a firm texture and a mild, creamy flavour.

Our main courses were served in copper pots and we chose the Lamb Madras and the Chef's Special, which was exactly that. The Lamb was slowly cooked in a tomato and onion gravy with coconut. Its flavour was strong and rich and the dish contained a secret ingredient –mustard seeds – which truly brought it to life. It was a nourishing, satisfying and exotic option.

As the Chef's Special is a delectable combination of succulent prawns without their shells and delicate chicken breast cubes, this dish offers the best of both worlds. It is yellow in colour and cooked slowly in a mixture of mild spices, tomato and a touch of coriander. It simply melted in the mouth and was an excellent choice.

Pradeep served us a warm Garlic Naan as an accompaniment with chopped tomato, onion and cucumber on the side as well as a tiny dish of delicious, creamy lentil stew.

We ended of with delectable Kulfi – a homemade Indian ice cream, prepared with reduced milk, condensed to perfection. Gently scented with saffron it was additionally laced with a decadent flavour of cashew nut. It was cut into blocks and had a firm texture.

A refreshing cup of very spicy Masala tea was followed by a combination of aniseed seeds and colourful liquorice bits which Pradeep accurately predicted would freshen the mouth. This concluded our decadent Indian feast and we left thinking that it would be very difficult to decide what we would order on our next visit, as everything was exceptional.

Dining-OUT Review Team  04 Apr 2014
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Shop 4, The Promenade
Victoria Road
Camps Bay

 

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Food Served
IndianSeafoodVegetarian
Average Price$$
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Trading Hours
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 - 23:00
Facilities
Take Out
Secure Parking
Outside Seating
Functions
Outside Catering
Load Shedding
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