Name: The Rajasthan II
Area: Aldgate
Address: 8 India Street
London EC3N 2HS
Phone: 020 7488 9777

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 26 Oct 2017|2. 27 Sep 2018

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Visit Report

Visit Number: 210 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Oct 2017
Cost per head: £41.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 8.6 7.5 7.0 7.5 7.3 7.0 8.1 7.1 6.5 7.49
Brian 9 9 7 9 8 8 10 9 7 8.6 See Brian's comments
Alex 9 8 7 9 8 8 8 8 8.2 See Alex's comments
Jon 9 8 7 7 8 9 7 6 7.7 See Jon's comments
Jeff 9 9 8 8 6 7 6 6 7.4 See Jeff's comments
Graeme 10 7 6 6 7 8 7 6 7.2 See Graeme's comments
Neil 8 6 6 7 7 7 8 7 7.1 See Neil's comments
Dominic 8 8 7 7 6 6 7 6 6 6.8 See Dominic's comments
Tim 7 5 8 7 7 8 7 6 7.0 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Brian - Lovely duck tikka to start, followed by a really good fish curry – I think it was tilapia. Veggies were all good, and thanks to Graeme for allowing me to have some chick peas. More expensive than usual, due to the lack of any discount I guess, so for those on a budget, perhaps a restaurant accepting tastecard, or providing a top table discount, would be a better choice. Enjoyed the pub too – Old Tea Warehouse in Creechurch Lane. Overall, a very enjoyable evening.

Alex - This is was what the Red Fort should have been last month. Great food. Great service. No food poisoning. Starter was particularly fine, only criticism of the main was the, for me, excessively huge portion.

Jon - We were all surprised that we hadn't been to the Rajasthan II, having been to the Rajasthan and the Rajasthan III, and there also seemed to be some confusion amongst the waiters as to whether there was any common link between the three restaurants.  Generally, it was very good.  I went for a chicken tikka starter which was tender and tasty, and the Tawa Gosht Lahori as a main course which was excellent; beautifully cooked lamb, a spicy tomato sauce  with garlic – most enjoyable.  I decided to forego the bread on this occasion, and didn't miss it.  They looked after us very well, although Jeff's decision to open up at the off about us being a curry club may have helped but, all in all, a good selection from Jeff.

Jeff - A very enjoyable evening out. The restaurant is in the City, just off Minories, has been there 15 years but somehow we have never visited. The manager was very friendly and engaging from the start with complementary popadoms of both persuasions. Both Cobra and Kingfisher were available. Food came out pretty quickly and was all of a pretty good standard - not spectacular but hot, well presented and tasty. And at the end, when Dom asked for liqueurs, he said he had planned to give us some anyway so he gave us doubles!! Hard to fault the service. Altogether an evening that exceeded expectations, and I'd be very happy to return, although the lack of any tastecard discount did make it a tad expensive at over £40.

Graeme - The waiter didn't seem sure whether the three Rajasthan restaurants in London are connected but, from looking at their websites, they clearly are. That aside, he was a top bloke, very friendly ... he even tried on Dom's cap (mind you, who hasn't) and treated us to very large liqueurs at the end of the meal. To start, I had the Mixed Platter and Jeff will be disappointed to hear (because he nagged me for choosing it at £8.20) that it was nothing special, just OK. My main of Garlic Chili (sic) Chicken was very good, maybe a bit too much raw heat rather than a sophisticated dish but I enjoyed it. Unusually for an Indian restaurant, the toilets were pretty good. Overall, a good new venture for us although the price was a bit lumpy (have we been spoilt lately by being able to use a discount card at many places?).

Neil - A very nice curry house with attentive waiters who were very happy to join in with our 'high spirits'! Food above average with absolutely nothing to complain about. All were very happy with the free round of drinks (which seemed to be doubles, lovely!) This made up for the slightly higher prices than normal for the East End. A great venue for a lads' night out, I suspect we might be going back.

Dominic - After many a year we have finally completed the trilogy - although our visit to the Rajasthan II was somewhat out of order! The restaurant has a modern decor with smart-looking waiters providing excellent service in a comfortable setting. I opted for the 5-piece mixed starter which was flavoursome and came adorned with a dollop of sauce in the shape of an "R" ... a nice touch! My main of King Prawn Vindaloo was equally tasty with all accompaniments being enjoyable. A generous free round of liqueurs together with free poppadoms meant excellent service with the only slight criticism being a slightly higher than expected cost (and its effect on VFM). Highlight of the evening: seeing Graeme at his "Hippy best"!!! Well done Jeff for the recommendation.

Tim - I found the decor very plain - the low-ceilinged room had bright downlighters, the walls were plain white and although there was some decorative wood, there were no pictures or colour anywhere. However, the table was smartly laid and I didn't feel cramped at all. They had full-size Cobra and Kingfisher, and the wine turned out to be good too. The poppadoms were very salty, particularly the spicy ones. The duck tikka starter was pleasant, tasty and well presented, though I was glad to have the condiments from the poppadoms still on the table to go with the salad. The main of Korai kebab khybery (chicken) was again very salty, though it had a good flavour and plenty of meat. As the meal progressed, the service improved and the manager became very solicitous, although this may have been affected by someone mentioning our website. While I appreciate the attention, and the free round of (double) liqueurs, it does feel like cheating. The overall cost was quite high, though not as bad as I was expecting when I first looked at the menu. Overall it turned it out to be a good meal, though I think they should reduce the amount of salt in their cooking.

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