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78-79 George Street,
Telephone: 0121 236 1116
Rajdoot is a long-established Indian restaurant which is well known on the Birmingham curry circuit. With a number of new kids on the block, I found myself wondering whether this Jewellery Quarter stalwart still had the power to tantalise and amaze its patrons’ tastebuds?
On arrival, Rajdoot is a warm and inviting oasis. From the lighting to the soft furnishings, the Rajasthani-influenced decor helps set the stage for an evening of Indian dining.
I was accompanied on my visit by a vegetarian, who relished the wide variety of dishes on the menu. After taking our seats, we enjoyed poppadoms and a selection of accompaniments, including a tangy onion relish and a yogurtbased dip.
Our choice of Chicken Hariyali and Paneer Tikka (Indian cottage cheese) for starters was a good one. With a nice, spicy paste smothered onto the large pieces of paneer, this and the chicken starter were wolfed down in no time.
For mains, I opted for one of the ‘Chef’s Specialities’ - Monkfish Tawa Masala - and Lamb Gosht; a typical Indian dish of spicy lamb. My friend chose Paneer Makhani and Bhindi Mushroom (Okra). A coriander naan, a garlic naan and pilau rice accompanied our medley of spice dishes.
Having never tried monkfish at an Indian restaurant before, I was impressed by how well this meaty fish absorbed the masala. The paneer was delicious too - perfectly balanced in flavour. As lovers of chilli, both my friend and I felt the Bhindi needed more of a kick, yet the chef had cooked it to crunch perfection. Our only disappointment was the coriander naan, which came out cold and slightly overcooked around the edges. We were, however, given another one by the lovely waiter.
Following a curry with a heavy dessert is always dangerous, but I couldn’t resist the gulab jaman, which hit my sugar spot perfectly. My friend enjoyed the kulfi.
Rajdoot certainly offers a real Indian experience from the moment you enter the door. The attentive staff, plush interiors and well thought-out menu offer plenty of reason to visit this restaurant. Even as new dining establishments crop up in and around the city, this Indian powerhouse is showing that it still knows how to pack a significant punch or two.
Reviewed by Parv Gandham