|Name:||The Rajasthan II|
|Address:||8 India Street|
|London EC3N 2HS|
|Phone:||020 7488 9777|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 26 Oct 2017|||||2. 27 Sep 2018|
|Visit Number:||221 (visit 2 of 2 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||27 Sep 2018|
|Cost per head:||£32.00 (2 beers)|
|Jeff||3||6||8||8||6||9||8||6||7.1||See Jeff's comments|
|Jon||7||9||7||7||8||9||8||7||7.8||See Jon's comments|
|Neil||5||4||6||7||7||8||8||6||6.6||See Neil's comments|
|Graeme||5||4||6||6||6||8||6||6||6.1||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||4||5||6||5||7||7||6||5.8||See Mark's comments|
|Dominic||4||3||6||7||5||5||4||6||5||5.0||See Dominic's comments|
|Alex||6||7||7||7||7||7||7||7||6.9||See Alex's comments|
|Tim||6||5||7||7||7||8||7||7||6.9||See Tim's comments|
|Mark S. (Guest)||4||4||6||8||5||5||8||5||5||5.9||See Mark S.'s comments|
Jeff - Really busy due to the restaurant handing out 'Free lager, wine and popadom' cards all over the City for the last fortnight. As a result, the service was a bit fraught and it seemed rather like Christmas. However, the food was all fresh and hot when it did come out. I had a tasty reshmi kebab and lamb dhansak. However, I've marked service down for two reasons: firstly, we were sat in an awkward configuration of a straight and round table that reminded me of a banjo. Secondly, I was given the wrong main, in fact it wasn't even for our table, and was asked to take a piece of meat off my plate that I had already dished out. The freebies brought the price down to £32, but I have just a feeling that this may drop out of the top 6 now despite the undeniable quality of the food.
Jon - A really good night at the Rajasthan II – while the food was expensive, the free beer and wine offer made it a reasonable overall cost. The reshmi kebab starter, a rare item to be actually on the menu, was good but my main course, the Tawa Gosht Lahori, was excellent. The lamb was superb, not on the bone but obviously cooked on the bone initially and then in the sauce. Very tasty indeed. Great to meet Dom's mate and have two Curry Marks present for the first time!
Neil - The evening was always going to be at a disadvantage being on a Thursday night in suits-central. Pub wasn't quite as bad as normal due to the good weather and there being some space left inside. Curry house had an issue however with several parties of similar size to our own all reserving for 7:30. We seemed to get the worst deal with a table hastily being set up and our reservation card being on a shelf behind the bar for some reason. That said, the food was of a very good standard (if not spicy enough for a few of us) and portion size, the staff also seemed to deal with the large numbers without a meltdown which we've seen elsewhere.
Graeme - It was a disappointing start to our meal. Although we had booked, they weren't ready for us and we ended up being squeezed into quite a small space with Dom sitting halfway across the doorway. After that, the service was good but the harm had been done and my service and ambience marks reflect this. I had a Reshmi Kebab to start as I felt quite hungry. It was a little small and a little dull, not unpleasant though. For main, I went for the Chicken Tikka Jaipuri (from the Chef's Recommendations section of the menu). It was sweeter and less garlicky than the dishes I normally have but it was very tasty. We were pleased that the restaurant honoured the "Two free large bottles of Cobra for each diner" offer that they had advertised. It seemed to have brought them a lot of business, hence the shortage of space. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening even though I was at the Aussie end of the table. Only kidding - it was good to see Dom's friend Mark again, our guest for the evening.
Mark - Having not been at last year's visit, I did wonder if Raj II would turn out to be another over priced City curry filled with the usual suited crowd. Well, it sort of was but due to the discount on offer of two beers, poppadums & chutneys it turned out only (?) £32 instead of well into the forty's. Not a good start as our table was not ready and then made up with Dom sitting almost in the door. If there had been 10 I'm not sure what would have happened. Starter was 'Chefs own' chicken but, having asked the waiter what it was stuffed with or flavoured with, I still have no idea and nor did he (or offer to find out). Main of Lamb tikka with mushroom rice was fairly good overall. The place was packed and noisy and we waited a long time between starters n main. Main highlight for me was actually having Curry Marks for the first time as we welcomed an Aussie guest. I doubt we will return next year as not top 6 material in my opinion.
Dominic - After a few drinks in a somewhat ordinary pub (imho), it was off to the Rajasthan II once more. However, this was to be a far different night compared to last year's debut. Firstly, I had a very good friend Mark visiting from Oz as a guest. And secondly, the evening was to be a disappointment that started as soon as we had arrived. Despite the fact we booked and that El Prez had contacted them earlier that day to confirm said booking (not to mention that I had seen our table reservation notification sitting behind the bar), we were made to wait before different shaped tables were cobbled together to accommodate our party ... resulting in my seat being next to and in direct line to the door. Apart from almost colliding with anyone walking in, waiters seemed to declare open season on my foot as it was kicked when our order was taken! Food wise, my mixed starter was tasty and nicely presented but my lamb main, which I left to our waiter's recommendation, was bland and spilling off the plate when it arrived. The rest was just so so. All in all, a forgettable curry but a fun evening of banter and a wonderful "kulteral" introduction to my fellow antipodean!!
Alex - Food was decent but nothing outstanding. The sheek kebab I had was very nicely cooked but somewhat under-spiced. The main was more ordinary than I had expected. Came out a bit cheaper than last time though - ah we had a discount, almost forgot.
Tim - There seemed to be some problem with the booking - when we arrived they didn't have the table ready and they ended up moving someone else, and putting us on a mixture of round and rectangular tables. This may have been connected with a couple of large groups that came in shortly after us; possibly enticed by the offer of 2 free beers (or glasses of wine) per person. Complimentary poppadoms arrived quickly when we eventually were able to sit down, but after that, the service was a bit slower, probably due to the full restaurant. I found the raita curiously sweet - more creamy and less yoghurty than usual. The starter of chicken suka was chicken coated in tamarind - this was a bit too sweet for me, but the chicken was well cooked and overall had an interesting flavour. The main was chicken tikka jaipuri - described as medium hot, but I didn't notice any heat or chillies at all. It was pleasant enough, but I was looking for something a bit spicier. Despite having a couple of free drinks each, Dom was still able to negotiate a free round of liqueurs to finish, and the reduced drinks bill meant the overall cost was about 25% less than last time, though still more expensive than last month's BYO.
Mark S. - I was a guest of the club and not in any way experienced with Curries or English Indian restaurants. Therefore the complete disorder that was evident when we arrived for me represented an authentic Indian experience, that is, complete chaos, lots of hand waving and eventually an outcome that was acceptable but perhaps not what you had planned and hoped for. However, putting my judge's hat on I have marked both service and ambiance harshly for neither were up to the standard I would expect. I had a King Prawn Puri starter then the Chicken Tikka Massala main with a Pilau rice. Both of these were excellent and of better quality than I have experienced in Australia. I then shared some Sag Aloo, Mushroom Bhaji, Brinjal Bhaji and Stuffed Paratha. I have marked these as acceptable as I had superior accompaniments at a Curry restaurant Dom had taken me to on the weekend and I have used this as the standard for a very good accompaniment. Lastly, I had a great time and thank you for being so inclusive of an Aussie in the group.