This is an absolutely first rate "personality chef" Indian restaurant.
One sign that you are in the right place.
The locals love Taste of Raj.
While we ate couples and parties poured into the restaurant virtually non-stop.
The popularity of this establishment is totally deserved.
As I previously mentioned, this is a "personality chef" restaurant.
The chef wants to cook what the chef wants to cook.
So standard Indian restaurant "cliche" items are hit or miss. (Some are quite good - others ...).
What you are here for is the chef's own creations.
These are listed on a special page on the menu - where some 70 different chef-created dishes are listed.
Most of the sauces are suave - but my favorite is the hottest one on the menu the kori gassi.
This is one of the few dishes I have ever eaten made of chilis - outside of a mexican chile relleno - that actually tastes overwhelmingly of chilis. The dish is plenty hot but you are not eating it for empty mouth burn. You are eating it for a very full very rich very savory chili flavor.
Hot and savory are rarely adjectives applied to the same dish - but it fits here.
Dal here is particularly excellent.
Breads are run of the mill for an Indian restaurant - which means excellent. (Even Anglo-Indian curry houses do good bread.)
You DEFINITELY want the pappadam and chutneys that come (at a nominal fee) at the beginning of the meal.
You get four chutneys with the pappadams - two good (a mango and a lime pickle) and two amazing (a mint and an onion). I could have eaten chutneys all day and all night and been completely happy.
Tandoori items come out of the oven piping hot but can use some flavoring. (Keep the chutney tray around - and make use of the excellent but tiny dabs for free sauce on the plate with your tikka.)
Desserts come from a commercial outside vendor and are skippable.
The location is another huge major plus. The restaurant is right on the south edge of Blackheath and the window tables have wonderfully relaxing views of the heath while you eat.
Note - the webpage but not the written menu contains a list of persian items and some standard but less common indian dishes.
If these things interest you ask about them - they may be excellent.
But that said - you are there for the chef's custom creations.
Let him work his magic on you while you take in thevisual beauty of Blackheath.
A step up from your average curry house, Taste of Raj in Blackheath serves up mega-tasty Indian cuisine, prettily presented and in generous portions.
Whenever I've been there it's been busy, and although I'd recommend booking, they always managed to squeeze us in at the back when I go there on the spur-of-the-moment. Despite the high number of covers, there are enough staff to serve you quickly, and it's well worth the little bit extra you have to pay for the food for the good service.
Oh, and can't write this review without giving a mention to the toilets - lootiful.
We had take away from Taste of Raj last night and the food was delicious! It arrived within the specified time frame. and pleasingly there are enough leftovers for lunch today YUM!
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