Raj Tandoori

25-27 Pudding Chare, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1UF Directions

   Now closed Open today 12:00 - 14:00

Business overview

Recommended by the Good Curry Guide, The Raj is a good Tandoori restaurant located amongst several Italian restaurants on Pudding Chare. The menu is extensive, including many vegetarian options and some English food as well.

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Reviews

Great Quality food at Amazing Value

5
Been eating at this venue for years and always recommend this to all my family and friends. Never had bad meal ever, so the bad reviews here are baffling and mischievous. I always go for early evening specials at £8.95 for 3 courses, appetisers-papadoms & pickles, starters from chicken chaat to mix kebabs. There's about 12-14 different currys to choose from including mild, medium and hot dishes, all served with pilaw rices. I have tried most dishes but Korai and Dupiaza dishes cut above the rest. Plus ignore the haters people, try it for yourself.
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DISAPPOINTED

2
My company and I have been coming to this area for many years, walk through Pudding Chare and had always admired the restaurant and noted of its positive reviews posted on their windows. Finally we had the opportunity to sample the cuisine which was on a particularly special day for us.

We had decided on their lunch special for 5.95 on a weekday which is a three course meal advertised from 12 pm until 2 pm (starter, main, desert ie ice cream or coffee). Initially we had arrived at 140pm and had decided to make the attendant / waiter known of our intention to dine however had to leave the restaurant and returned promptly at 1:50 pm. We were vigilant of the time that we would secure the lunch special, however was hastily reassured and was seated.

By the time we had ordered it was 2 pm. By the time we had finished our entree it was 2:15 pm and we were now the only customers left in the restaurant. All the waiters began to pace around and appeared restless. My company and I were hoping to be leisurely / social in regards to this special day for us however it became apparent that we were no longer welcome. I ordered papadums to supplement my hot indian curry and a glass of water as by now I was sweating profusely and managed to eventually scoff my meal by the turn of the half hour.

Once we had completed our main course the music was switched off and our attendant / waiter promptly gave us the bill and began packing his attire in readiness to close shop. I politely asked what of our ice cream / coffee and he commented "we are now closed ... we do not get paid after 2 pm ... you should have eaten when you first arrived". I tried to reason with him however found that he was ushering us out promptly and transparently said 'goodbye'.

I decided to return to the restaurant to express my self toward the waiter however managed to incidentally speak to the manager and later with the waiter and various other staff in attendance. The issue is clearly A RESTAURANT HAS A DUTY OF CARE TO SUSTAIN CUSTOMER SERVICE ONCE ACCOMMODATED which in our case was COMPROMISED. We were RUSHED through our meal and NOT RECEIVED OUR THIRD COURSE. The manager listened intently whilst the waiter was rather scornful despite my diplomatic and rather constructive reasoning. The manager was apologetic throughout and offered to accommodate me in future. The manager gestured and offered how else he can be of assistance in which I had declined.

Despite my long winded review, I feel this has had a positive outcome in regards to sharing my view with the restaurant.
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BEST INDIAN IN NEWCASTLE

5
DONT KNOW WHERE THE PREVIOUS REVIEWER ATE BUT IT WASNT THE RAJ. THE 'CURRY CLUB' GO THERE REGULARLY EACH MONTH AND HAVE DONE FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. YOU CANT BEAT THE FOOD, SERVICE OR VALUE FOR MONEY ANYWHERE ELSE IN TOWN. ALL I CAN SAY IS TRY IT FOR YOURSELF TO FIND OUT. ''BRILLIANT INDIAN''
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The spice ain't right

1
One of the things that makes me think of going to the Raj Tandoori is the special deal on offer from Sunday through to Thursday which gets you a starter, main course, rice or naan bread and a coffee or ice cream for less than a tenner. It used to be around £7 but, of course, times change.

The place is clean and comfortable and the staff are friendly and welcoming though sometimes you do wonder how there can be so many staff yet you can't find anyone when you need them.

The menu offers a good selection of dishes and even the specials menu has plenty to choose from which is often not the case.

Alas we are always disappointed at the Raj. The food is just too bland. You couldn't even describe it as 'subtly spiced' because it is is primarily over salted but lacking in any spiciness.

The other problem is that unless its a very hot day its usually quite chilly and draughty in the restaurant. They do sometimes have small heaters but they are on the floor and make your feet hot while the rest of your body freezes.

I can't really recommend the Raj as the food just falls short of the mark. If only the food tasted of something it would be one of the best in the city
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