Dining Out

Warm up with our must-try dishes at The Raj

Jul 2, 2019, Author: Hello Joburg

When you’re craving Indian food with a delicious mix of spices, mouth-watering flavours and intoxicating aromas – think a butter chicken and paneer tikka masala or a garlic and butter naan – make a beeline for The Raj Indian Restaurants, who’ve been serving North Indian cuisine in five-star locations since 1996.


There are many reasons to visit one of The Raj Indian Restaurants to warm up this winter. No matter which restaurant you opt to go to, you’ll be taken on a journey where the fusion of skillfully spiced dishes with mesmerising flavours and textures plus rich colours will be an unforgettable experience. What’s more, all their chefs are from India, so you can look forward to an authentic taste of North Indian cuisine, and their herbs and vegetables are grown at their head office in Kyalami – because homegrown just tastes better, doesn’t it?


Deciding what to order at The Raj can be a tough one because there are so many lip-licking options to choose from. Firm favourites that you can’t go wrong with are the tandoori dishes (especially the famous tandoori chicken, mildly spiced lamb sheekh kebabs and pepper-kissed lamb chops options), Lamb Rogan Josh, butter chicken, paneer tikka masala and, of course, the naan brushed with ghee (Indian butter) and topped with garlic. What a treat!


If you’re feeling daring, try one of the chef’s specialties. The prawns marinated in spices as well as the tandoori mushrooms (mushrooms stuffed with paneer and spices) are cooked in the clay tandoor oven and are beyond delicious. A spicier option is the prawn madras curry infused with mustard seeds, crushed chilli and deep-fried curry leaves, while the lamb shank soaked in a masala gravy literally falls of the bone. Vegetarians will enjoy the Baingan Masala brinjal curry – a curry made with brinjals slow-cooked in the tandoor oven to give them a smoky flavour that are then skinned, finely chopped and cooked with fresh garlic, ginger, tomatoes and spices. Whatever you do, make sure you order a stuffed naan bread on the side – choose from the likes of potatoes, mince, and paneer and cauliflower filling.

Apart from the top-notch food, you can also look forward to a space of pure luxury, friendly and efficient service and an ambience fit for royalty. The Raj has restaurants in the following locations:

Nicolway: This restaurant is a hidden gem in the heart of Bryanston. Situated on the parking mezzanine level of the shopping centre, you can park your car right in front of the floor for easy access. As a plus, the balcony overlooks Main Road, so there’s an awesome vibe!

Michelangelo Towers: If you really want to feel like royalty, the Sandton restaurant is the one to visit. It’s home to the famous Maharaja Room, fitted with crystal chandeliers, royal chairs and special cutlery to make your evening that much more memorable.

Waterfall Corner: A cosy, upmarket space, the Midrand restaurant is one that families enjoy dining at, especially because children can watch the chefs prepare ‘the flying roti’, traditionally known as the roomali roti. They even get to stand with the chefs as they prepare this!

Gold Reef City: Whether it’s for the slots or simply a good meal after going on some rides at the park, this restaurant is a fabulous spot for couples and families alike as you’ll get to enjoy the fun atmosphere of Gold Reef City.

Time Square Casino: Between the hustle and bustle of Time Square’s slot machines and neon lights, entering this restaurant has a calming effect on all the senses. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the view over Menlyn as you tuck into a curry!

Sun City Resort: Tourists and families flock to Sun City for holidays, safaris and slots. Having this restaurant at one of South Africa’s most popular destinations is the cherry on top for any perfect vacation.

Cape Town: The Raj also has restaurants in Cape Town, located at Old Constantia Village, Camps Bay Promenade and Harbour Bay Simon’s Town.

Try the new range of cook-in sauces The Raj has recently launched. In under 25 minutes, you can prepare your butter chicken, korma curry or Lamb Rogan Josh in the comfort and convenience of your own home! View the chefs’ video by scanning the QR codes at the back of the packets.

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